Woody Allen once said, “I took a speed reading course and read War and Peace in 20 minutes, it involves Russia.” Last Sunday I preached the equivalent of a speed reading course on the Trinity. Hopefully, you took more away from the sermon than Woody Allen did from War and Peace. Here are three practical tips for learning to live in the Trinitarian presence of God.
Spend time memorizing the Catechism answer to the Trinity question. Stop turning to analogies to help you explain God. Some Trinity analogies are more useful than others, but they all break down at some point. Often, they can do more harm than good, leading you to embrace something that is not true of God. Once you have a biblically orthodox answer in your mind, you then can meditate on the Trinity within theologically safe boundaries.
We only scratched the surface of this doctrine last Sunday. I recommend reading Fred Sander’s book, The Deep Things of God. Hands down, the best work I’ve read on the Trinity. It will make your brain hurt a little, but you will come away with a greater love for God.
Journal on the following questions for greater clarity and deeper reflection:
What does it mean in Matt. 28:20 to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit?
In scripture, from the family language used to describe the Trinity, what can you glean for you and your family?
Why is it so important to believe in the one true and living God? (Deut. 6:4)
What facets and responsibilities of each member of the Trinity have you NOT meditated on?