The sermon this past Sunday was on the doctrine of the Trinity. In his book Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, and Relevance, Bruce Ware defined the doctrine of the Trinity as
God’s whole and undivided essence belongs equally, eternally, simultaneously, and fully to each of the three distinct Persons of the Godhead: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- What one thing did you learn about the Trinity that you didn’t know before the sermon on Sunday?
- How might you explain the Trinity if you were in conversation with someone who had never heard of the word or concept before?
- I mentioned this briefly in the sermon, that, as fully human, Jesus relied completely on the Holy Spirit to live his life and obey God the Father, while not “tapping into” his own deity, even though he was still fully God. How might that be an encouragement for you as you live your life?
- The authority of the Father over the Son and Spirit, the authority of the Son over the Spirit, the submission of the Son and Spirit to the Father, and the submission of the Spirit to the Son are central and essential to who the Trinity is.
We as human beings are created in the image of God, which includes how the three persons of the Trinity relate to each other in roles of authority and submission, love, and humility.
How might knowing this affect your relationships in your family (husband and wife, parents and children), small group, church, school (if you’re a student), and in your workplace?
- What one thing can you do or start doing this week to put this knowledge (see question 4) into practice in any one of those areas in your life?