Thursday, June 15, 2017

The concept of the Trinity expresses the heart of our faith: 
we have experienced the God of creation 
who was made known in Jesus Christ 
and is with us always through the Holy Spirit.
The focus is on experienced relationship not doctrine.

The texts for Trinity Sunday, June 11:
Genesis 1:1-2:4a
 Psalm 8
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20

Read 2 Corinthians 13:11-13.

The doctrine of the Trinity makes no sense and serves no purpose if we treat it as abstract dogma. Strictly speaking, this text’s message is not Trinitarian, because it does not state the classical Trinitarian doctrine that came to be centuries after Paul lived. Note: The "Love of God" in the last verse cannot strictly be understood as the love of God the Father/Creator.

Instead, Paul describes God as deeply engaged with people through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Their understanding of God stems from believers' experiencing and recognizing that God has acted in various ways--especially through Jesus Christ and through the presence of God's indwelling Spirit.  

As I said above, the focus is on experienced relationship not doctrine.

So how about you? When have you experienced God as Father/Creator?  Jesus as Savior/Teacher? The Holy Spirit as guide/energy/direction?

A Blessing to Share: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you.

Thoughts adapted/paraphrased from Matt Skinner, Professor of New Testament. 
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. #WorkingPreacher

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