A Prayer of Clement of Alexandria

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Be kind to Your little children, Lord; that is what we ask of You as their Tutor, You the Father, Israel’s guide; Son, yes, but Father as well. Grant that by doing what You told us to do, we may achieve a faithful likeness to the Image and, as far as is possible for us, may find in You a good God and a lenient Judge.

May we all live in the peace that comes from You. May we journey towards Your city, sailing through the waters of sin untouched by the waves, borne tranquilly along by the Holy Spirit, Your Wisdom beyond all telling. Night and day until the last day of all, may our praises give You thanks, our thanksgiving praise You: You who alone are both Father and Son, Son and Father, the Son who is our Tutor and our Teacher, together with the Holy Spirit.

By St. Clement of Alexandria, early teacher and apologist for the faith.

Son of God [Name Above All Names]

NAAN-Series-GFX_App-Wide.pngAs we continued our series, “Name Above All Names,” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church, I looked at one of Jesus’ most revered titles: Son of God.  With roots in the promises to Abraham and David, Jesus’ identity as the Son of God stretches all the way before Creation and speaks of His unique relationship with God the Father and way of living upon earth.

You can view the message video and sermon outline below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

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A Prayer of St. Basil the Great

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We bless Thee, O most high God and Lord of mercy,
Who art ever doing numberless great and inscrutable things with us,
glorious and wonderful;
Who grantest to us sleep for rest from our infirmities,
and repose from the burdens of our much toiling flesh.
We thank Thee that Thou hast not destroyed us with our sins,
but hast loved us as ever,
and though we are sunk in despair,
Thou hast raised us up to glorify Thy power.
Therefore we implore Thy incomparable goodness,
enlighten the eyes of our understanding
and raise up our mind from the heavy sleep of indolence;
open our mouth and fill it with Thy praise,
that we may be able undistracted to sing and confess Thee,
Who art God glorified in all and by all,
the eternal Father, with Thy only-begotten Son,
and Thy all-holy and good and life-giving Spirit,
now and ever, and to the ages of ages.
Amen.

By St. Basil the Great, 4th century Bishop of Caesarea and defender of the faith.

Bibliography on the Trinity

The Trinity Series Gfx_4x3 TitleMy studies for our series “The Trinity” at Eastbrook plunged me into a lot of reading, reflecting, and praying. Along with a thorough study of Scripture on the nature of God as Trinity, I strongly recommend readings of the early Christian creeds, particular the Nicene Creed and the Chalcedonian Formula.

However, I also turned to a lot of authors from different eras far more brilliant than me on this topic. At times people ask me whether I have books I recommend alongside of certain preaching series. I find that a difficult question to always answer briefly, so here is the bibliography I utilized for this series on God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Bibliography on the Trinity:

Khaled Anatolios. Retrieving Nicaea: The Development and Meaning of Trinitarian Doctrine. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011.

Athanasius. On the Incarnation with an Introduction by C. S. Lewis. Yonkers, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2012.

Augustine. The Trinity. Trans. Edmund Hill. Brooklyn: New City Press, 1991.

Tim Chester. Delighting in the Trinity. Kregel Publications, 2005.

Mary T. Clark. “The Trinity in Latin Christianity,” pp. 276-290. In Christian Spirituality: Origins to the Twelfth Century. Ed. by Bernard McGinn, John Meyendorff, and Jean Leclercq. New York: Crossroad, 1985.

Walter Elwell, ed. The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, 2nd edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2001.

Gilles Emery and Matthew Levering, eds. The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Millard Erickson. Making Sense of the Trinity. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2000.

Timothy George, ed. God the Holy Trinity: Reflections on Christian Faith and Practice. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2006.

Kevin N. Giles. The Trinity and Subordinationism. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002.

________. Jesus and the Father. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006.

Gregory of Nazianzus. On God and Christ: The Five Theological Orations and Two Letters to Cledonius. Yonkers, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2002.

Thomas Hopko. “The Trinity in the Cappadocians,” pp. 260-276. In Christian Spirituality: Origins to the Twelfth Century. Ed. by Bernard McGinn, John Meyendorff, and Jean Leclercq. New York: Crossroad, 1985.

Robert W. Jenson. The Triune Identity. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1982.

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen. The Doctrine of God: A Global Introduction, 2nd edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2017.

________. Christology: A Global Introduction, 2nd edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2016.

________. Pneumatology: A Global Introduction, 2nd edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2018.

J. N. D. Kelly. Early Christian Doctrines. New York: Harper & Row, 1958.

Vladimir Lossky. The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church. Translated by the Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius. Cambridge: James Clark, 1957; reprint, Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1976.

Roderick T. Leupp. The Renewal of Trinitarian Theology: Themes, Patterns and Explorations. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008.

Alister McGrath. Understanding the Trinity. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1990.

Bruce Milne. Know the Truth, third edition. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999.

Jürgen Moltmann. The Trinity and the Kingdom. New York: Harper and Row, 1981.

Thomas C. Oden. Classic Christianity: A Systematic Theology. New York: Harper One, 2009.

Karl Rahner. The Trinity. New York: Crossroad, 1997.

Michael Reeves. Delighting in the Trinity. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2012.

James B. Torrance. Worship, Community, and the Triune God of Grace. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1996.

A. W. Tozer. Knowledge of the Holy. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1961.

 

The Trinity: God the Son

 

Picking up from the previous weekend on “God the Father,” I continued our vision series with an exploration of the second person of the Trinity, God the Son.

How do you pack into one message the entirety of Scriptural teaching on God the Son, plus give attention to some of the most important debates and discussions of Christology since the time of Christ? It’s impossible. However, I did my best to bring together a lot of material from Scripture and historical theology in this message.

Here is the video and sermon outline of the second message from our series on The Trinity, “God the Son.”

You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

 

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