In the annual church calendar, this last Sunday was Trinity Sunday. It is a Lord’s Day set aside for Christians to focus on this rich doctrine of Who God is: Father, Son, and Spirit. While we may not be a liturgical church, we Baptists can and should stop to think deeply and often on this profound truth.
To help us do that this mid-week, let’s read, watch, and pray.
How do we understand the nature of God as three-in-one? Let me point you to a Word from the Pastor that I wrote several years ago entitled, “An Affinity for the Divinity of the Trinity.” It will give you a basic overview of Scripture and one of the best visuals that help explains this complex reality.
Beyond the raw data of the Trinity in Scripture, there are huge, life-changing implications involved. I recently watched a brief talk, by author and theologian Fred Sanders that deepened my understanding and appreciation of the Trinity.
Not only does He dive into this critical doctrine, but he connects it to the issue of our work and our day-to-day lives. It is a simple yet profound way of thinking about the Trinity and ourselves. It’s worth every minute.
(To learn even more, you can purchase Fred Sanders’ book, The Deep Things of God: How The Trinity Changes Everything.)
The Valley of Vision, a Puritan prayer book, includes a wonderful prayer entitled, “The Trinity.” Pray this prayer today as you ponder the great truth as to Who God is.
Three in one, one in three, God of my salvation
Heavenly Father, blessed Son, eternal Spirit,
I adore You as one being, one essence, one God in three distinct persons,
For bringing sinners into Your knowledge and to Your kingdom.
O Father, You have loved me and sent Jesus to redeem me,
O Jesus, You have loved me and took my nature, the nature of a man,
Shed Your own blood to wash away my sins,
Wrought righteousness to cover my unworthiness,
O Holy Spirit, You have loved me and entered my heart, implanted there eternal life, revealed to me the glories of Jesus.
Three persons and one God, I bless and praise You,
For love so undeserved, so unspeakable, so wondrous, so mighty to save the lost and raise them to glory.
O Father, I thank You that in the fullness of grave, You have given me to Jesus, tobe Hissheep, jewel and portion,
O Jesus, I thank You that in the the fullness of grace you have accepted, espoused, bound me,
O Holy Spirit, I thank You that in fullness of grace, You have exhibited Jesus as my salvation, implanted faith within me, subdued my stubborn heart, made me one with Him forever.
O Father, you’re enthroned to hear my prayers,
O Jesus, your hand is outstretched to take my concerns,
O Holy Spirit, you are willing to help my deficiencies, to show me my need,
To supply words, to pray within me, to strengthen me that I don’t faint in prayer.
O Triune God, who commands the universe,
You have commanded me to ask for those things that concern Your kingdom and my soul.
Let me live and pray as one baptized into the threefold name.
(Next Wednesday, our elders will begin sharing a new video message series on The Beatitudes. Subscribe to our Youtube channel to stay up to date.)