The Trinity and Worship

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This past weekend at Eastbrook, I stressed the importance of Christian worship being centered in the Trinity in my message “Worship in the Beauty of Holiness” in the concluding weekend of our series “Roots.” There are some things in our faith that I would consider secondary, but the Trinity is not one of them. The Trinitarian understanding of God – one God in three persons of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – is at the core of our faith as Christians.

As Bruce Milne writes in his book, Know the Truth:

Just about everything that matters in Christianity hangs on the truth of God’s three-in-oneness.

Or, to hear from an ancient commentator, Origen writes:

The believer will not attain salvation if the Trinity is not complete.

In the midst of our contemporary worship that often emphasizes personal experience or musical styles, the theological content and shape of our worship must not be underemphasized.

Since I didn’t give as much time to fully addressing the Trinity as possible, and because I am limiting my preaching largely to references found within Acts, I wanted to post some additional resources here. The following two resources can be downloaded as PDFs below and are resources from when I taught the session on the Trinity in the Elmbrook Church New Members class:

Worship in the Beauty of Holiness

 

This past weekend at at Eastbrook Church I concluded our series, “Roots,” on certain non-negotiable characteristics of the church, and Eastbrook Church in particular as we celebrate 40 years. This final weekend took us into an exploration of worship based in Psalm 96:9. I admit that I still love the way that the King James Version states it:

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

Rooted in this idea, I explored how worship is both a gathering and a lifestyle, how worship is rooted in the Triune God, and leads us into the extravagance of eternity around God’s throne. Some folks know that started out in ministry through music and worship ministry, so this is admittedly close to my areas of greatest passion and concern for the contemporary church.

You can watch my message from this past weekend and follow along with the message outline below. You can also engage with the entire series here or download the Eastbrook mobile app for even more opportunities for involvement.

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The Trinity: God the Holy Spirit

Following on from the previous messages on “God the Father” and “God the Son,” I concluded our vision series on The Trinity with an exploration of the third person of the Trinity, God the Holy Spirit.

I am a bit of an odd duck in terms of my church background. I had a transforming encounter in my life at the age of 16 that involved profound manifestations of the Holy Spirit while at a Presbyterian summer camp. I was not walking with God before that, but ever-after my life has been changed. I believe in the fullness of the Holy Spirit but emphasize preaching of the Word. I call for spiritual formation and character transformation by the Holy Spirit but am missional and believe the Holy Spirit is always calling the church beyond its walls. Because of this, my approach to preaching on the Holy Spirit is a bit unique.

Here is the video and sermon outline of this third message of the Trinity series, “God the Holy Spirit.”

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

 

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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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The Trinity: God the Father

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.”

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

 

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