As 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.
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.
By St. Basil the Great, 4th century Bishop of Caesarea and defender of the faith.
My 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.
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.”
When I returned from sabbatical I wanted our church to take ‘vision’ a level deeper than simply our personal vision or our church’s vision. I wanted us to return to the core vision of every believer and church, which is a transforming vision of the only awesome God.
I can never get over A. W. Tozer’s statement at the beginning of his book Knowledge of the Holy: “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
So, I took us into an exploration of the life of the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Here is the video and sermon outline of the first message, “God the Father.”
This coming weekend at Eastbrook Church, we are beginning a series entitled “Holy Spirit.” We hear a lot about God in general, but the Christian understanding of God is that there is one God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But who is the Holy Spirit? What does the Holy Spirit do? Is the Spirit an ethereal force or a relational personality? How do Christians live in the fullness of the Holy Spirit?
Here is the outline of the sermon series:
May 18/19 – Who is the Holy Spirit?
Texts: John 14-16; Acts 1-2; 1 Corinthians 2:6-16; Ephesians 1:13-14
May 25/26 – The Character of the Holy Spirit
Texts: Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 5:15-20
June 1/2 – The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Texts: Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:1-16
June 8/9 – The Mission of the Holy Spirit
Texts: John 15:26-27, 20:21-23; Acts 1:8