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The Doctrine of the Trinity

I believe the Doctrine of the Trinity (one God in three persons, three persons in one God.) is one of the most complex and mysterious doctrines that exist in the Christian faith.

I think the Doctrine of the Trinity is difficult for so many because we want it to do what it is not capable of doing. We want it to explain God. It can’t do that. No man-made doctrine can describe God. The Trinity can only help us to better understand what God has revealed about Himself through Scripture. But, to describe the tip of the iceberg above the water is not to describe the entire iceberg. And so we Christians affirm the Trinity- not as a full and complete explanation of God, but simply as a way of describing what we already know about Him through the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.

The word Trinity cannot be found in the Bible, but it is implied numerous times. The earliest Christians discovered that they simply could not speak about God without speaking about the three ways in which He had revealed Himself to them- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As Episcopalians, we profess that belief in both the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. God in Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- the "blessed Trinity" as one of our church’s favorite hymns expresses it.

As individuals, most of us have a favorite “person” of the Trinity- the way in which we envision God. My challenge to you this morning is to get to know the other two. You will be blessed and your faith will be strengthened because you will come to understand that:

(1) we have a God who is big enough to cope with the enormous environmental, political, and economic issues that face our world as well as dealing with our personal hurts and fears. (2) We serve a God who is powerful enough to create the entire galaxies in an instant and yet who can hear our individual prayers and answer them. (3) We have a God who can confound the wisest philosopher, but who takes delight in teaching us practical lessons for living. My friends, we have a God who is big enough and who invites us to worship Him in all of His Trinitarian splendor- who invites us to worship Him as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Peace and Love,
John+