Type and press Enter.

New here? See how to Get Started

ARE YOU IN THE DANCE WITH THE TRINITY?

 

JOIN US IN A SHORT SERIES ON THE TRINITY!

IN THE FREE SERMON THIS WEEK, TIM KELLER ASKS:

DO YOU JUST BELIEVE IN GOD, OR ARE YOU IN THE DANCE?

C. S. LEWIS, MIKE REEVES, TIM KELLER — AND MANY ANCIENT CHURCH

FATHERS COMPARED THE TRINITY TO A DANCE.

THEY HAD A NAME FOR IT:

 C. S. LEWIS WROTE:

GOD IS A DYNAMIC PULSATING ACTIVITY, A DRAMA,

ALMOST, IF YOU NOT THINK ME IRREVERANT, A DANCE

WHEN JOHN WROTE HIS FIRST LETTER, HE SPOKE OF THE JOY OF

THIS “DANCE,” THIS “FELLOWSHIP,” SAYING,

“And indeed, our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son, Jesus Christ!”

You see, the Spirit reveals to us the true identity of the Son,

and when we respond to Him, we become children of God

and then join into the dance with the Trinity!

KELLER SAYS IF YOU ARE JUST A BELIEVER, BUT HAVE NOT ENTERED INTO THE DANCE, YOU GO TO GOD WHEN YOU NEED SOMETHING, BUT YOU ARE STILL ORBITING AROUND YOURSELF.

BUT WHEN YOU TRULY SURRENDER TO THE DANCE,

YOU ORBIT AROUND GOD.

HOW I REMEMBER MY FEAR IN SURRENDERING TO GOD IN SALVATION, AND YET, MY FEAR OF NOT SURRENDERING WAS GREATER.

SO IMAGINE MY SURPRISE WHEN SURRENDER LED TO A DANCE!

IN THE SAME WAY, JUST WE TRUSTED CHRIST TO SAVE US,

WE MUST SURRENDER TO HIM BY FAITH ON A DAILY BASIS.

(MY PARAPHRASE OF COLOSSIANS 2:6!)

WATCH THIS CLIP FROM MISS POTTER, AND IMAGINE THAT IT IS JESUS WOOING YOU, ASKING YOU TO

GIVE THE UTMOST FEAR A CHANCE,

AND LET ME TEACH YOU HOW TO DANCE.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHaZ16TSRuA

(I don’t know what language the sub-titles are, but I bet one of you does!)

SUNDAY:

I’m so thankful you are joining us! This will be a three or fourweek series with shorter lessons than I have done in the past. There will be a free sermon each week from either Tim Keller or Mike Reeves. Understanding the Trinity can bring you into deeper intimacy with God, can “teach you how to dance!”

1. What stood out to you from the above and why?

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY

2. John 1 tells us that Jesus is the Word, and that He was with God in the beginning creating the world, speaking the world into being. With that in mind, how do you see each person of the Trinity in Genesis 1:1-2?

Tim Keller says the Trinity is involved both in creation and in re-creation. He, and Mike Reeve say that we should look in the New Testament to the baptism of Jesus to see the Trinity. You can also glimpse “the dance.”

3. Read Mark 1:9-11 and identify each person of the Trinity.

4. Read Mark 1:12-13 and describe the temptation and trials this “2nd Adam” faced. How was this greater than the temptation the 1st Adam faced?

5. Read Matthew 3:13-17

     A. How did John the Baptist respond to Jesus’ request?

     B. What did Jesus tell John? And how did John “surrender?”

     C. How do you see Jesus surrendering to the Father in love here?

     D. How do you see the dance of the Holy Spirit here?

     E. How do you see the love of the Father for the Son here?

6.  How would you answer Keller’s question: “Do you just believe in God or have you surrendered to the dance?”

9. How can you respond to that challenge today?

10. If you experience “the dance” this week, share how.

 

THURSDAY-FRIDAY SERMON

      Father, Son and Holy Spirit - Timothy J. Keller

11. Share your notes and comments from the sermon by Tim Keller.

SATURDAY

12. What is your take-a-way and why?

Leave a Comment

Comment * If this is your first time here, please comment then fill out your name and email as stated at the bottom. Dee will approve you within 24 hours.

175 comments

  1. 1. What stood out to you from the above and why?  I love the movie clip and I remember you sharing it quite a while back.  I guess what stands out the most for me is that default mode seems to still be revolving around me.  It’s getting better, might be close to 50/50 now, but it’s so sad to think I’ve known Him for so very long and yet default mode is not to constantly be revolving around him.  First I think ME and then the next thought is, “Oh wait! It’s not about ME, there’s a bigger scheme, broader picture at stake here and it’s all about HIM!” 
     

      1. YES!!!  I do love that verse!

    1. I am so guilty of this, too, Mary!  What a self-centered life I have!  It is so much more real to me now that I have an adopted daughter.  How do I feel when the only reason she communicates me is so that she can get what she needs, instead of just wanting to have fellowship with me and learn of me!  Oh, how I must grieve the heart of my dear Lord when it is always all about me and m needs!  How life-changing it will be to be delivered from myself, and to truly live for the love of Christ!  Thank you  for putting this into words, dear Mary. 

      1. Miriam, this is a great, though painful, metaphor here – how your adopted daughter only communicating with you when she needs something causes you pain, and then relating that to how it makes the Lord feel when we do the same, instead of us enjoying His company. Sometimes I’ve felt that way with my two adult sons….when the phone rings, it’s because they need something!

  2. 1. What stood out to you from the above and why?      
     
    ‘…..give the utmost fear a chance.  Let me teach you how to dance.‘     Those lines from the song of the movie clip.   There is a fear when we think of a Holy God,  a perfect Redeemer,  a mysterious Holy Spirit.    I am so glad you are doing this short series, Dee.  I want to be more readily in step with  the dance of the Three.   One of the things I have loved about the pastoral prayers at our church is that one of the pastors especially, addresses each member of the Trinity when she leads us in prayer during the service.  It brings them all into focus for me.    I personally really appreciated the movie ‘The Shack’ for many reasons, but  the picture of the Trinity was very moving and helpful to me.   It’s always a mystery and yet some pictures are helpful for us to personalize the work and the dance of the Three in One.   
     
    (regarding ‘the Shack’….when I dug into the back story of how Wm. Paul Young had suffered as a child in a missionary boarding school and came close to suicide before the Lord really gripped his heart with the truth of His love….it made a huge difference for me in how I looked at the whole book and movie.  I also read parts of a book by a theologian, C. Baxter Kruger, called ‘the Shack Revisited’ which helped me understand Young’s  presentation of the Trinity.   I know this is a rabbit trail.  And I know there is still some controversy in the book/movie, but some real beauty from it comes back to me  when we consider the Trinity’s working in our lives)

      1. Dee……I so agree with the ‘everything worked out too perfectly’ statement in your analysis of the Christian movies you mentioned.  I do think that is a big flaw in some of them.

      2. God’s Not Dead was realistic.  When he stood on his own and refused to say “God’s not dead” he lost friends, a student lost his father’s support, etc.  That was a movie Where. You saw the struggles even though it had a good ending.

    1. I had read The Shack back when it was first written…walking away from it thinking?? There were some things I didnt like about it, but I also remembered to treat it as fiction. I did see the movie and I truly loved the movie more so. It really gave me a sense of hope and showed me the Father’s love in many ways. AS I do not have parents, neither were healthy or great when I was growing up, so my view on God’s love had been a bit skewed and I feared God for a long time. The movie really showed me God’s love if anything, especially when he gave the man struggling a mother/father in God…that really spoke to me. So Im excited this lesson will show us ‘how to dance’ with the God who loves us so. I have always envisioned dancing with Jesus in times past…so I Need this more than ever in my season. Blessings Wanda. 

      1. Thank you, for sharing that,  Staci……and yes….welcome back!     I have a lot to share of the positives of the movie especially as it relates to my friend who lost her 22 year old daughter to CF last November (the same disease my 31 year old daughter has and my 22 year old niece who is awaiting a lung transplant).  My friend has shown a great openness to the Lord since the passing of her daughter and she was abundantly comforted by the scenes of the little girl with Jesus in the movie. I will share more later, if it fits in with what Dee has planned in regard to the discussion.  I hope you’ll jump in here again, Staci!  How nice to see you today.  

        1. 🙂 Great to be here!

      2. Hi Staci….I too say “welcome back”! Every so often you come to mind and I’ve wondered how you’re doing – I think you’re in Germany now? It’s great to see you here!

        1. Hi, thank you Susan, I am good and yes we are in Germany now. Great to see you as well. 

      3. Welcome back Staci!! So wonderful to have you here again.

        1. Thank you Rebecca, nice to be back and see familiar faces. 🙂

  3. 1. What stood out to you from the above and why?
     
    “HOW I REMEMBER MY FEAR IN SURRENDERING TO GOD IN SALVATION, AND YET, MY FEAR OF NOT SURRENDERING WAS GREATER.”—this is so true and I find myself in this place often, with the daily need to surrender—that bit of fear, hesitation, only overcome by a greater fear of not having Him take all of me. There is an image in my mind, if we say ‘no’ to the dance—if we just sit in the chairs lining the ballroom wall, alone—there is such deep, utter despair inside. For we are MADE to dance. And He is trustworthy, He is patient, and wants to dance with us! 
     
    Not only that, though—my desire to dance with Him, is an ache that wants to  truly surrender to Him—to “orbit around God” and NOT myself! That orbiting around self, such a limiting view, it draws me inward and sees the only way “out” is to have my circumstances fixed. But to orbit around HIM—my vision becomes enlarged, huge even—and I am reminded that He is doing something much, much bigger, greater, than me—He is working all things together for His glory and purpose, and allowing me to join in with Him! 
     
     
    I also like something Mike Reeves says of the Triune God, in Rejoicing with Christ: “For if we are to speak of Jesus, we must speak of Him as the Son of God, as the Word who makes the Father known; we must speak of Him as the Christ, the one anointed with the Holy Spirit…He is the one who makes known the triune God”
     
     

    1. Golden words, Lizzy. Let’s not “sit in the chairs lining the ballroom wall … we are MADE to dance.” and … “That orbiting around self, such a limiting view, it draws me inward and sees the only way “out” is to have my circumstances fixed. But to orbit around HIM—my vision becomes enlarged, huge even—and I am reminded that He is doing something much, much bigger, greater, than me.”
       
      What you say about how orbiting around HIM enlarges our vision is so true. Without Him I walk in fear and discouragement, without hope and joy; not seeing the big picture. Daily, even hourly, we must take our eyes off ourselves and lift them to Him, and step out into our Dance with Him!

    2. I love your rich imagery, too, Lizzie!  I so much don’t want to be sitting in the chairs lining the ballroom floor and missing out on the dance simply because I was too fearful to let go of myself and all of my inhibitions and simply join in the dance with Jesus.  It must be so beautiful to dance with Him, to look into His eyes while moving in step with Him. 

    3. I like your insightful post, Lizzy. I can so relate to the fact that orbiting around self is such a limiting view and only draws us more inward, and we think that the only way out is to have our circumstances fixed, as in Lord, can You make my life just the way I want it to be where everything goes my way and I have ease and comfort and no pain? And that means that You’ll have to arrange the lives of others close to me so that they fit into what I want! OH. I have two “circumstances” looming on the immediate horizon that I do not like nor want – both my sons will be moving away and it does cause me to focus inwardly on myself, my fears and anxiety.

  4. I’m reminded that I miss the dance and need to step back in!

  5. I grew up in a church that focused more on the Father and the Son with very little focus on the Holy Spirit. I’m learning daily to discern the voice of God in my life and how He longs to woo me as His bride. Thanks Dee!  

    1. When I gave me life to Christ, whole heartedly at the age of 21, it was the Holy Spirit that was so new to me and made me fall in love with Jesus.  I completely understand having the same experience growing up.

  6. Excited to grow in this area

  7. WOW! I am so excited, just thinking of my life with “My Father GOD” as a Dance has made my whole body quiver, a FRESH breath of cool AIR! I Love to dance but I have not done it in years, my husband doesn’t like it, I love to swim I stopped swimming in my teens, one beautiful day, swimming in the lake I felt like drowning, and I decided I should stay out of the water! This Picture of the Water (Life) and Jesus standing in it, rising up in the air ( Life) to the dove. Brought it all together, in the back ground listening to that song, It just felt like God had come to lead me back to the Dance! 🙂 I believe I was in it as a child! but my life had pulled me out of it, to the reality or my day to day, existence, and I had left the Dance! Thank you for waking me up to what has been missing for so long. Just while reading your email my spirit pulled me in to DO THIS! God Bless you for fallowing your Leading Spirit.

    1. Welcome “Cfe” – I can sense your anticipation and excitement in your words! Yes, often the reality of our day to day lives pulls us out of the Dance.

  8. 1. What stood out to you from the above and why?
    The title stood out to me, that’s what caught my attention when I saw the email. Life is very busy being a military wife and my husband gone most every month, this time for a month straight. Many times in past years with my walk with the Lord He has shown me that I am dancing with Him. It has always been uplifting to my soul to know that Jesus would dance with me so lovingly. My heart jumped when I saw the title, as I need this reminder so much right now in this season of my life. I am in a season that I have lost my joy in the Lord, and I dont know why? So Im praying for this study to show me once again to dance with the Lord and find that joy again. Just as Song of Songs was so uplifting to me. I pray this lesson blesses you all too. 

    1. Oh Staci Kennedy, My heart goes out to you, I am Married to an Nam Vet, and my dad was a WW!! Vet. My niece is married to a Vet that just retired he was deployed all the time his kids where growing. God Bless you Girls, that go through that! I know it is not easy to be Married to a “trained killer” But God Loves his Warriors, Life is not perfect, But God is in it with him, and with you! Reading the Bible there are so many battles. going on all the time. On Earth AND in Heaven. ((((HUGS)))) hold on to your man. Your Love will bring him home. My husband, still sleeps with a wad of sheet under his chin, I buy K size sheets for a Q. size bed just so I can have some
      I just hold him and he rests easier! also I have found doTERRA essential oils has one called Balance, That helps him sleep better too! some nights I add Lavender,  & Serenity too. Loving you in my prayers,
       

  9. What stood out?
     
    First Dee points out,
    KELLER SAYS IF YOU ARE JUST A BELIEVER, BUT HAVE NOT ENTERED INTO THE DANCE,
    YOU GO TO GOD WHEN YOU NEED SOMETHING,
    BUT YOU ARE STILL ORBITING AROUND YOURSELF.
     
    BUT WHEN YOU TRULY SURRENDER TO THE DANCE,
    YOU ORBIT AROUND GOD.
     
    Then Dee gives us the song, “Let me teach you how to dance”. 
     
    Dee, you have done an incredible job of wooing us toward the “Dance”. I am undone. I want more of Him. Teach me how to dance.

  10. Dee, can you remind me what movie that clip is from? Miss Potter, I think, but I don’t recall what the movie is called.

    1. Diane……it is the story of children’s author, Beatrix Potter  (of Peter Rabbit fame!)  and it is one of my very favorite movies also.  
      I haven’t seen it for a very long time and I will be cueing it up to watch again also!  

  11. Dee, I don’t see the link to Keller’s sermon.

  12. 1.  What stood out was the phrase “understanding the Trinity can … Teach you how to dance”.  Staci wrote of being in a season ‘that I have lost my joy in the Lord’.  I was there when I started following and joining in the blog.  As I did the lessons and read the posts, the joy returned.  Seasons have a reason, and a limit.  Hang in there, Staci! Keep yourself in a position where you are ready to dance.  He will come, with healing in His wings.
     
    2.  Gen 1:1-2, John 1:1-3, and Col 1:16 all speak of God the father, God the Son/the Word, and God the Holy Spirit being active in creation.
     
    3.  Mark is super clear.  Jesus, the Son, comes up out of the water.  The Spirit decends on Him like a Dove.  The Father speaks from heaven to the Son.  Each one is moving toward each other, and it moves me!

    1. Wow, Mary!  I had studied the ‘wings of God’ personally about 2 years ago when I so needed those wings.  I never thought of this thought that those wings actually have healing in them!!  Thank you! So precious! 

  13. ~Surrender by faith on a daily basis
    ~Place your hand in mine, and think of nothing more
    The communion with my Lord is inconsistent and because of the this I feel I stop The dance from progressing  Recently I was in the hospital with a severe illness, still recovering and think I’m a bit down Thank you for this study Be Blessed

  14. 1. What stood out to you and why?
    Dance.  I loved dancing when I was younger.  Now it seems like a silly waste of time, (unless I’m trying to lose weight).  I know Jesus’ love and His power, His intimate presence in my moment-by-moment life, but I don’t know His dance.  I look forward to standing in the big crowd and gazing at Him in heaven, but dancing sounds like a lot of fun!  I’m interested to learn more.  This is my first online Bible study. Thank you, Dee!

  15. Ooohhh…I am so excited about this study! I used to belong to a dance group when I was in elementary and high school and did a little during college. I had a favorite male partner who was also a very good friend during my elementary years. Our coach was so good in choosing who to partner us with-height, chemistry, personality and all! And one thing I will always remember is the trust that we develop with our partners as they lead us in some complicated moves. How much more is the dance with the Trinity! There is just perfection I could cry here while typing. There is much thrill and just pure joy when I think of “orbiting around God” and be a part of the sacred dance. And oh that I may not focus on self but rather on God.

  16. 2. John 1 tells us that Jesus is the Word, and that He was with God in the beginning creating the world, speaking the world into being. With that in mind, how do you see each person of the Trinity in Genesis 1:1-2?
    I dont have some great analogy about this, I almost feel like a child as I picture God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit working together forming the earth and everything in it. As if Jesus and the Holy Spirit are saying like a child “that’s perfect Father, maybe add this or that or some color here or there”…all with a huge smile and full of love like a childlikeness and their faces shining so bright with their love of what they have created and accomplished…like a child painting a masterpiece….after all aren’t we God’s masterpiece?
    3. Read Mark 1:9-11 and identify each person of the Trinity.
    I see Jesus coming up out of the water clean, showing us for things to come for baptism, all the world’s sins washed away through Him, God tearing Heaven open and giving the Holy Spirit onto Jesus who died for us and promised the Holy Spirit Acts1. The Holy Spirit is the helper, comforter…
    4. Read Mark 1:12-13 and describe the temptation and trials this “2nd Adam” faced. How was this greater than the temptation the 1st Adam faced?
    Jesus knew the Fathers love, if you read before  verse 11, God is saying this is my son whom I love and am well pleased and then verse 12 its says At once the Spirit sent him into the desert…Jesus knew the Father’s love and then was sent to solitude for 40 days being tormented and tempted by Satan. There was no cunning slyness here with Satan, Jesus knew who He was in God and the Father’s love. The first Adam was deceived, Jesus was not.  Although I dont recall Adam having ministering angels as Jesus did, but Adam had something greater, face to face, one on one with God and Adam ruined that due to deception.  I think the ministering angels were God’s love for His son, knowing Jesus had to go through this, and how it must have really pained God to watch Jesus endure all He had to, can compare with Adam being deceived and halting the one on one relationship he had with God before being deceived. It must have broken God’s heart. I see a parallel there. 

  17. https://youtu.be/fFfw6OSbUwE
    This song was in my head at 3 AM this morning, I woke up and kept hearing this in my thoughts. I hope you enjoy it. Im not a Bethel follower, but I do enjoy some of their music. This song called We Dance had me in tears this morning. God reminded me of this song at 3AM. I love that about God, His still small voice speaks to us if we quiet and listen. Probably why HE chose 3 AM to wake me up, since my mind tends to race 100 miles a minute at times and its hard for me to get quiet…

    1. Staci, thanks for sharing this song. It is very moving. I can just see us all falling into God’s embrace as He leads us in the dance. Putting our heads in His shoulder and He will quietly whisper “Do not fear, I am here. For you.”

  18. 1. What stood out to you from the above and why?
    When I saw the topic, my heart lept. This is going to be a special few weeks-that is what stood out. 🙂 It will be hard to come to this well and walk away not moving closer in.  I am happy!  Lord Jesus move in our hearts this week, open our eyes and help us see You as you lead us into the dance. 

    1. Yes, Rebecca. That we would move in closer.

    1. Yes, welcome all!

      1. Testing (just testing for one of our sisters here on the blog) 🙂

    2. looking forward to getting to ‘know’ the new voices here.  Welcome!

  19. 2. John 1 tells us that Jesus is the Word, and that He was with God in the beginning creating the world, speaking the world into being. With that in mind, how do you see each person of the Trinity in Genesis 1:1-2?
     
    I see the Trinity in unity as One moving in the process of Creation. 
     
    3. Read Mark 1:9-11 and identify each person of the Trinity. 
    Jesus as God the Man being baptized in the water. 
    God the Holy Spirit opening the sky and coming down on Jesus as a dove.  
    And God the Father as the voice speaking his affirmation upon Jesus 
     
    4. Read Mark 1:12-13 and describe the temptation and trials this “2nd Adam” faced. How was this greater than the temptation the 1st Adam faced?
     
    The first Adam was living in a beautiful comfortable place with companionship but  Jesus as the second Adam was alone in a desolate place for an extended period of time with out physical comfort knowing He came to die for a purpose and accomplishing it would be very hard.  Adam in his temtation had no reason to want to escape his circumstances. He was living in a perfect world. But Jesus would have had every reason to want to escape his as he was living in a broken fallen world. 

  20.  
    1. What stood out?
     
    Well, since I have danced for 47 years now, I feel very comfortable with the actual dancing bit, just not so much with the Trinity! What does that really mean? I have never thought about being “in the dance” with Jesus, much less the Holy Spirit! I mentioned before that we danced in church on Easter Sunday and the piece was so joyful! Dancing is freeing; all inhibitions are lost when you are really “into it;” kind of like runners who have run a long distance and reach that euphoria state. The steps are purposeful whether you are dancing a choreographed piece in ballet or lyrical, or just using ballroom steps to have fun. There is also a connection between the dancers and the audience/congregation. If you have ever watched Dancing with the Stars you know what I mean. The audience sometimes claps and sways with the motion. Sometimes, in church, I can hear someone crying (Good Friday), and other times they clap as we dance.
     
    My most favorite dancing in church is to scripture. We actually have a piece we dance at Pentecost to Acts 2. Now here is where the Holy Spirit is “acknowledged” in the dance for me. But how would it be in other times? Just participating in church? Or is this all just a metaphor that shouldn’t be taken literally? For me, as a dancer, it is a literal, physical thing, the dance. But perhaps Keller means the feelings of the dance, not the actual dance?

    1. I love dance worship, I would love to see your dance for Pentecost. I bet it’s just beautiful! I think I find dance worship just the most beautiful and moving worship. I love to see it in church, as we have had it in ours in the past. I come from a spirit filled church, so we very free in our worship, but the dance I find so beautiful. 

  21.  how do you see each person of the Trinity in Genesis 1:1-2?
    God created.  The Spirit of God hovered.  It’s not as clear to see Jesus in these two verses, but God always says,  ‘let US make…..’ so we know it is plural.
     
    Since I was sure I had read JOHN 1:1, 2, I first answered it as such.  Then I went back to copy paste the question and realized it said GENESIS 1:1,2.   So I’ll leave this answer here also.  I know they are inter-connected and I am so impressed with the truth that Mike Reeves taught us in an earlier sermon about how John grabbed the Jewish readers by beginning the gospel of John the same way that Genesis began; ‘in the beginning….’  

    John 1:1 and 2:   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
     

    The Word is listed three times.  And yet with one singular pronoun.  We know He is from the beginning.  He is with God and He IS God.  It’s a little hard to separate and say which phrase belongs to which because they ARE three in One.  But we know Jesus is the Word because later it says the Word became flesh and He is the only one who did that.  But I think the phrase ‘with God’ may reference the Spirit also because as the Holy Spirit is our ‘paraclete’ to come along side us…..He is also alongside God and in this way God is always with us.  And God the Father, is stated as GOD.   It’s a perfect two sentences to uphold both the three-ness and the one-ness because you can’t really separate it and yet you can see all three.  The mystery and yet the clarity. 

  22. I didn’t know there was a difference between believing and dancing!!!

  23. 1. What stood out to you from the above and why?

    Do you just believe in God or are you in the dance?
    This question immediately gave me pause to think!  It is a very good question with which we can take stock of our spiritual lives.    There are times in my life when I KNOW I was in the dance.  However, I can”t claim to be 100%!   Sometimes I become fearful or exhausted, and just naturally migrate over to the wall and sit down.   Then God has to coax me back out onto the floor again.     I have often remarked that God is a wonderful choreographer, as he has choreographed the events of my life in such strange, mysterious, and wonderful ways!     I know I have lots of room to grow and improve my dancing ability with the Trinity.  Some thoughts I have about dancing:   It is an intimate thing to do.  The dancers are close, face-to-face in most cases.  While the dance is going on, the dancers are mostly concentrating on their partner.    A novice to dancing might be self-conscious at first, but will get over that with practice, as the steps become more second-nature, and as they learn to trust their lead.   Then dancing begins to resemble flying or gliding.  When we get to this point in our dance with the Trinity, then we get the buoyant feeling that the Holy Spirit brings!
     

    1. This is a good description of the dance, Deanna.   I especially like the point that in dancing, you have to focus on your partner.  That helps me understand the complicity of our dance with God.  

  24. 2. John 1 tells us that Jesus is the Word, and that He was with God in the beginning creating the world, speaking the world into being. With that in mind, how do you see each person of the Trinity in Genesis 1:1-2?
     
    God was busily creating and forming the heavens and the earth, and His Spirit hovered over the waters.  The feature of the first day of creation was Light.  Pulling the Gospel of John in here — Jesus –the Light–shines in the darkness. 

    1. That is a great answer, Deanna.    I wasn’t seeing how God-the Son fit into those verses.  Thank you!  

  25. 3. Read Mark 1:9-11 and identify each person of the Trinity.
     
    Jesus was coming up out of the water,  the Spirit descended upon Him like a dove, and the voice of God the Father spoke saying “You are my Son whom I love, with you I am well pleased.”  
     
    4. Read Mark 1:12-13 and describe the temptation and trials this “2nd Adam” faced. How was this greater than the temptation the 1st Adam faced?
     
    Jesus was in the wilderness (not a comfortable place to be, I would imagine) and he was surrounded by wild animals.  Adam and Eve were living in a state of comfort with everything provided for them in the Garden of Eden.   Satan knew he was dealing with the Son of God, so Satan poured on the temptation heavier because he knew the stakes were higher.  I believe Satan appeared directly to Jesus, and didn’t try taking another form such as a serpent.    However,  I can’t really find in the Scriptures any account of what Satan looked like when he tempted Jesus.   

  26. I’m in for the Dance!  Already loving this! and I love to dance!

  27. Wow, I loved reading all these comments! I’m thinking of a song called “Dance With Me” by Paul Wibur ( A Messianic Jew ); it goes… “Dance with me, O Lover of my soul, romance me..” etc. At times when I have sung it at home by myself, I have danced around the room imagining that Jesus is dancing with me. I also know He sings over us. Such an intimate God. Sometimes I’m involved in the dance & feel so close to Him, & at others I’m sitting on the sidelines feeling distant & revolving around myself. I’m hoping that I can draw closer again & enter in. He is always pursuing us, His bride & longs for us to be in His embrace. I must admit, that at times I shy away from the intimacy & need to be wooed by His Love, patience & tenderness. Thank you Dee for inviting us along with you to the dance!

    1. Jenny I love your thoughts how he woos us, so true. I think I forget that and He does dance over us so much with love. I needed this reminder. Thank you. This song came to mind after reading your comments. The Song Amazed.
      https://youtu.be/DQAPMRpNoe8?list=RDDQAPMRpNoe8

  28. 5.  Matt3:13-17. B.  Jesus sais it was proper to be baptized to fulfill all righteousness.  And John consented.  I was to a women’s retreat a few weeks ago, and the topic was on the Jewish betrothal customs and being the bride of Christ.  One of the customs was for both bride and groom to separatell go thru a ritual bath of cleansing; a baptism.  Her point here was that Jesus was being the ‘proper’ bridegroom, fulfilling all righteousness.
     
    6.  I have surrendered to the dance, but I am a terrible partner.  I keep trying to lead, or I get distracted and forget to follow.  In either case, I step on His feet and disrupt the beauty.  Repenting again is the only way back to fellowship.  Actually, the times I most feel in the dance is during prayer, or during opportunities to speak into someone’s life.  There is a beautiful flow that does not come from me, yet when I cooperate with it, it is beyond words.

  29. 5. Read Matthew 3:13-17
        A. How did John the Baptist respond to Jesus’ request?
              John responded to Jesus by trying to stop Jesus and in humility feeling unworthy to baptize Jesus himself, as John said it is He(Jesus) that John needed to be baptized by.  Jesus asking to be baptized symbolizes many things, most importantly that Jesus identified with sinners. By the baptism sinners are made clean and new into righteousness with Jesus . Dying with Jesus and rising new free from sin.
      B. What did Jesus tell John? And how did John “surrender?”
          Verse 15 Jesus replied, “let it be so now; it  is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. I think it was hard for John to understand since Jesus was without sin, but by Jesus coming to be baptized showed the righteousness that Jesus provides to all who come to Him  to exchange their sin for His righteousness. 
        C. How do you see Jesus surrendering to the Father in love here?
          Jesus humbly submits to the Father by being baptized; to me is symbolizes Jesus true love and humility for he was without sin, yet his baptism symbolizes cleansing for all the lost to see God’s love pouring out and washing us clean through His son Jesus. The One true savior.
    D. How do you see the dance of the Holy Spirit here? E. How do you see the love of the Father for the Son here?     The Spirit of God descended like a dove and lighting on Him. The Spirit of God like a dove is the Holy Spirit loving on Jesus. Doves are very graceful and peaceful in nature. I had pet doves when I was a teenager; their wings are very soft and they are a very gentle and peaceful bird by nature. I feel the Holy Spirit is the same. The Holy Spirit is our comforter at times too.  In John 6:65 it says no man comes to the Father unless He draws them. The Holy Spirit being the One who draws us to God with love and grace, wooing our hearts. 
     

  30. 5. Read Matthew 3:13-17 
         A. How did John the Baptist respond to Jesus’ request? 
     
    John was practicing a baptism of repentance for people coming and confessing their sins so it seemed inappropriate to him for the Son of God to be baptized. 
     
         B. What did Jesus tell John? And how did John “surrender?” 
     
    Jesus basically said “Yes John, do this at this time because it is a proper practice and the right thing to do. Baptism and ritual washings were very common practices for the Jewish people in keeping with some of Jewish law.  Jesus through out his life fullfilled all the Jewish Law as given by God.  John then agreed and he experienced  the wonderful revelation of the Holy Spirit and the voice of God the Father.  
     
    Sometimes  I am so like John  in serving the Lord when I don’t always understand His purpose and I would “try to prevent” Him from doing a work that is in keeping with rifhteousness (the right thing).  But if I surrender  to His leading I find I experience the blessing of the presence of the Holy Spirit and the affirmation of God the Father.  The dance is well choreographed if I just keep in step and follow His lead. 
     
         C. How do you see Jesus surrendering to the Father in love here? 
     
    As I mentioned above Jesus alsways fulfilled God’s law and did His will. His part of the dance to let God lead.
     
         D. How do you see the dance of the Holy Spirit here? 
     
    The Holy Spirit is the connecting tie of the Father to the Son.  He highlights and glorifies Who they are. He bring a beauty to the dance.   
     
         E. How do you see the love of the Father for the Son here?
     
    He voiced it  He spoke it.  He affirmed Jesus and his love for him.  He brings leadership to the dance.
    Everyone needs and desires affirmation from those close to us. Especially from parents.  Many don’t ever experience it in this life but if we become a child of God He will speak his affirmation into our lives. He brings loving leadership.  He did into mine when I doubted His love and desperately needed to understand the depth of His love for me personally.  I can’t thank Him enough.  It really is a joy to “dance with God”.

    1. Enjoyed your answers, God became so real to me through the Holy Spirit love your comment “He brings a beauty to the dance.” Amen! Love how He brought  leadership into your life to understand the depths of His love for you, such an amazing testimony. Thanks for sharing.  also are you from Oklahoma?

      1. Thankyou Staci. The beautiful thing about this blog is that it is a resource for good teaching and much encouragement. 
        Actually I am from Nebraska. Broken Bow is a very small town in the very center of the state. Occasionally people have mix ups with Broken Bow , OK. 

        1. 🙂 I figured you might be from another Broken Bow. Nice to meet you 🙂

  31. . Read Matthew 3:13-17
         A. How did John the Baptist respond to Jesus’ request?
     
    At first he protested that he wasn’t worthy to baptize Jesus, and that it would be more appropriate if Jesus should baptize him instead.   
     
         B. What did Jesus tell John? And how did John “surrender?”  
     
    Jesus told John that they needed to go ahead and have John baptize Jesus in order to “fulfill all righteousness.”  John’s baptism was to indicate repentance for sin, but Jesus had no sin.   I checked my commentary on this, and it said it meant to “accomplish God’s mission.”   He accepted baptism in obedient service to the Father, and God showed His approval.   John the Baptist surrendered by consenting to baptize Jesus as He requested.   

         C. How do you see Jesus surrendering to the Father in love here?
     
    Simply by seeking out John the Baptist and seeking to be baptized in obedience to God.    I was contemplating what Jesus could have done instead.   He needed to encourage others to be baptized following repentance, even though Jesus Himself did not need to do that.  What would He have done?  It wouldn’t have been as effective to stand up on a big rock and declare “The reason I’m not doing this is because I don’t have sin!”    No, it was better to demonstrate what the people needed to do.
      
         D. How do you see the dance of the Holy Spirit here?
     
    Following Jesus’ baptism, the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus like a dove and alighting on him.  For those witnessing the baptism, this had to be a dramatic touch, which obviously the gospel writers remembered and reported.   

         E. How do you see the love of the Father for the Son here?
     
    God spoke up and said, “This is my Son, whom I love, with him I am well-pleased.”  I can’t help but wonder how many people were able to hear this declaration.   Perhaps only Jesus?  or only Jesus and John?   But if that were true,  I don’t think it would have gotten into the gospel accounts.  However, if everyone present could hear it,  I don’t understand why that wasn’t enough to convince all of them that Jesus was the Messiah.   If I heard a voice coming down from heaven, saying “This is my Son,”  I think that is all it would have taken!      

    1. Deanna, your thoughts about God speaking and whether or not the people could hear him are very interesting. It would seem perhaps some have ears to hear and others don’t. ?? 

  32. 2. John 1 tells us that Jesus is the Word, and that He was with God in the beginning creating the world, speaking the world into being. With that in mind, how do you seeach person of the Trinity in Genesis 1:1-2?
    If I include verse 3 then I see the Trinity.  verse 1 has God the Father, verse 2 has the Holy Spirit, and verse 3 has the “light” which represents Jesus.
     
    3. Read Mark 1:9-11 and identify each person of the Trinity.
     
    Jesus is man, the Holy Spirit descends when the heavens open, and God speaks to Jesus telling Him how pleased He is with Him.
     

    1. ……that’s what I was missing, Laura.  I hadn’t included vs. 3, but that makes it clear.  Thanks!  

  33. I’ll dance!
     

  34. testing

  35. I don’t know if this will work but I copied the link for a song from Youtube. Giving it a try.   
    https://youtu.be/GIuC9-4aB7Q
    Hope I have this figured out. (-: 
    It is called “Abide With Me” by Matt Maher. A sweet young friend texts several women (me included) daily with either a Scripture, a good quote or a song. Today she sent this song.  It reall encouraged me. We recently added it to our song list at church and I love the words and the music. For me it spoke to the relationship of the dance with my Lord. Where it says “don’t let me go, don’t let me fall” as with some dances the partner needs to hold the other so as not to let them go or to fall and a relationship of closeness to move together well is like abiding.  The dance metaphor is a beautiful one. 

    1. Beautiful song, thanks for sharing, adding that to my list of songs. I love music, that’s how God dances with me. 

    2. ps, i have some of Matt Maher’s music, love his song Lord, I need you. 🙂

  36. 6.  How would you answer Keller’s question: “Do you just believe in God or have you surrendered to the dance?”
    I have surrendered to the dance.Though often times I get my focus off the dance instructor, more times than I like to admit. I need to remember to just focus on Jesus love and His word and then everything else just follows. I forget He knows how to lead and many times I am trying to lead Jesus which causes me to stumble and fall sometimes. But isn’t it wonderful we serve a graceful and loving dance instructor who kindly holds out His hand and says let me lead, I got you.
    9. How can you respond to that challenge today?  
       By letting Jesus be the lead in my life today, to place Him first above all I do today, time in prayer, the word and just letting Him speak to me in His still small voice. I find it sets my day and gives me peace throughout the day when life may throw bumps in the road. 
     
    10. If you experience “the dance” this week, share how.
    Yesterday I took our puppy for a walk, he is very energetic and at times I dont have the chance to just admire or enjoy God’s nature around me. But there it was, clear as day in the road as we started our walk up the hill, a heart in the pavement of the road. The pavement is gray/black in color and the heart was white. Normally you just dont see perfect shaped hearts, but this one stood out. I think it stood out because last week I ran into a friend who was telling me God shows her hearts sometimes in odd places and she just feels His love when this happens. I said that’s wonderful. Love moments like that. As soon as I saw the heart in the road, I knew God was dancing with me. Going through an odd season in my life right now and I really needed that (reminder), He dances with us if we let him, yes even through seeing something as simple as a heart in the road.

    1. Staci, that is so sweet, about the heart! A kiss from the King! Lucky you!

  37. 1. What stood out to you and why?
     
    First, I love the movie Miss Potter, and that particular scene makes me cry! Second, it is a hard question to ask myself, Am I orbiting around myself or God? It is far too easy to get caught up in my own little world, and so much in this world encourages us to be self-orbiting! The Bible tells us that we are all like sheep who go astray, each to his OWN WAY. Instead of orbiting around and following our Shepherd, we head off in another direction, full of pride, independence, self-sufficiency, not realizing that we are truly vulnerable and it’s all an illusion! But, I am remembering from one of Keller’s sermons where he talked about we are all worshipping something; if not God, we worship success, money, relationships, family, etc… so we can be orbiting the wrong thing – an idol, a false god.

  38. 2. John 1 tells us that Jesus is the Word, and that He was with God in the beginning creating the world, speaking the world into being. With that in mind, how do you see each person of the Trinity in Genesis 1:1-2?
    God is both Jesus and God as we see in John 1.. and The Spirit was hovering over the face of the waters.
     
    3. Read Mark 1:9-11 and identify each person of the Trinity.
    When Jesus came up out of the water the Spirit descended on Him like a Dove and at the same time God spoke saying This is my son in whom I am well pleased. 
    4. Read Mark 1:12-13 and describe the temptation and trials this “2nd Adam” faced. How was this greater than the temptation the 1st Adam faced?
    The temptation Adam faced was to believe or not to believe 1 lie from satan. Adam was not driven out of the garden into a wilderness in a sinful world before being tempted, and not for 40 days.  Jesus was driven into the wilderness, tempted not for 1 day but for 40 days by satan in a sinful world, hence the wild animals. 

  39. 6.  How would you answer Keller’s question: “Do you just believe in God or have you surrendered to the dance?” 
     
    So the real question is am I willing to act on my belief in God and surrender by entering into the dance.  Yes I can’t not help but surrender because Love draws me.  
     
     
    9. How can you respond to that challenge today? 
     
    I see myself like Miss Potter.  Not overly confident about dancing but desiring to be much better at it and willing to step up and enter in to the relationship of dancing as my Partner woos and leads me.  
     
    10. If you experience “the dance” this week, share how.
     
    I shared a Youtube video here on the blog of the song “Abide With Me” by Matt Maher yesterday evening that really drew my heart into the dance yesterday.  I made an unplanned trip to Kearney which is  65 miles away.  I was traveling alone in the car when I listened to it and truly felt the Lord wooing me to Himself into the dance. The relationship is so sweet! 

  40. 4. Read Mark 1:12-13 and describe the temptation and trials this “2nd Adam” faced. How was this greater than the temptation the 1st Adam faced?
     
    Well, now I am forced to remember (or look up) the first Adams’ temptations. Eve, right? She tempted him to eat the apple. It was a one shot deal. Not over and over again for 40 days like Jesus. I’m guessing that was the more difficult situation? Over and over for 40 days?
     
    5. Read Matthew 3:13-17 
         A. How did John the Baptist respond to Jesus’ request? 
     
    John baptized Jesus; with reservation.
     
         B. What did Jesus tell John? And how did John “surrender?” 
     
    Jesus said the scripture must be fulfilled and John thought he should be baptized by Jesus instead of the other way around. John understood and conceded.
     
         C. How do you see Jesus surrendering to the Father in love here? 
     
    Well, He really didn’t have a choice did He? He followed the directive of His Father. Wouldn’t I love for my kids to do that??!! True love for sure.
     
         D. How do you see the dance of the Holy Spirit here? 
     
    Ok, if I go with my three (Keller, ha!) points of dancing….they were connected through the scripture and the heavens opening up, purposeful in that there was a good reason it was happening, and freeing because those who believed were saved.
     
         E. How do you see the love of the Father for the Son here?
     
    He calls Jesus His beloved.

  41. 3. Read Mark 1:9-11 and identify each person of the Trinity.     Jesus was baptized.  The Holy Spirit descended like a dove and the Father spoke words of love and pleasure regarding His beloved Son.
     
    Here’s my question:  Did the Holy Spirit come down and light on Jesus as a literal dove?   I know that is how it is pictured…..or was it a likeness since the Scriptures say,  ….’like’ a dove..   I’m going to dig a little, but just wondering if anyone has an answer.  I have always seen it portrayed as a literal bird but the more I think about it, the more I wonder?   
    4. Read Mark 1:12-13 and describe the temptation and trials this “2nd Adam” faced. How was this greater than the temptation the 1st Adam faced?
     
    I was intrigued to see that the verse says that when Jesus faced temptation, he went into the wilderness with WILD animals.  I hadn’t thought of that before.  Adam was tempted in the perfect garden where he had named all the animals and they presumably all lived in peace and harmony.  

  42. And how did John “surrender?”
     
    He consented to Jesus’ request.  But he first asked his questions.  He voiced both his wondering and his feeling of unworthiness.    I think this is a great model for us.  We don’t dance with Jesus blindly.  We do need to voice our questions, state our unworthiness and allow Him to alleviate our fear and doubt.  This really stirs my heart today. 
     
    Jesus doesn’t expect us….nor want us to put our minds, our ideas, our questions on a shelf when we come to Him and He comes to us.   He wants us to ask.  He wants us to acknowledge ourselves and without doing so, how could we fully surrender?   
         
     

  43. 4. Read Mark 1:12-13 and describe the temptation and trials this “2nd Adam” faced. How was this greater than the temptation the 1st Adam faced?
    At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
    12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted[a] by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.
    Adam was in the garden; Jesus was sent to the wilderness.
    Adam’s was within a “few” hours only Jesus was for 40 days
     
    Adam was in the Garden of Eden with all the good things and “friendly animals” while Jesus was with the wild animals.

  44. I love the picture of the Trinity at Jesus’ baptism. I had never thought of it till this study. Jesus, the Son being baptized; the Spirit descending on Him as a dove; the Father speaking out words of love & affirmation over His Son. Beautiful & so intimate!  4). Jesus temptation was greater because it was longer…40days, in the wilderness with wild beasts! 5)A. jOHN DIDN’T WANT TO BAPTIZE jESUS; HE WANTED jESUS TO BAPTIZE HIM. 5) B. John surrendered when Jesus told him that this was the “fitting way for them to fulfill all righteousness”. 5) C. Jesus surrendered to the Father by humbling Himself to be baptized, a symbol of repentence & commitment? D. The dance of the Holy Spirit was when He came down & filled Jesus & confirmed to Jesus His true identity.  E. The love of the Father was shown as He spoke with tenderness & power over His Son & told Him He was pleased with Him. 6). Do I just believe in God or have I surrendered to the dance? I think I’ve surrendered to the dance, but it is a daily choice & challenge. I feel most instep when I’m singing on worship team at church proclaiming Him, or when I’m wlalking in nature & praising & receiving His beauty. Also when I’m showing compassion to a pt, or ministering encouragement to someone & I feel Him flowing thro me. 9). Every day I need to start with Him, give the day & my heart to Him, & be looking for Him & where He is working & wooing.

  45. 10). If you experience the dance this week, share how:  I stepped outside at 6am this morning & it was so new & fresh & bursting with song, new life & beauty. I felt such joy welling up inside me, & a gentle spring breeze was blowing. A little later I was backing up my car in the driveway with the windows open, & suddenly a shower of blossoms blew on my face thro the window! I startted laughing cause it took me by surprise ,& I just thanked the Lord! What a wonderful God we have…so tender & kind.

  46. 5. Read Matthew 3:13-17
         A. How did John the Baptist respond to Jesus’ request?
    He at first wouldn’t do it even though He realized who Jesus was.
         B. What did Jesus tell John? And how did John “surrender?”
    Jesus said it is the proper time and the fulfillment of all righteousness. John consented and baptized Jesus.
         C. How do you see Jesus surrendering to the Father in love here?
    No matter what the Father said/asksed to be done, the Son did and obeyed.
         D. How do you see the dance of the Holy Spirit here?
    Descending and Alighting on Jesus.
         E. How do you see the love of the Father for the Son here?
     
    His pronouncement/claim of Jesus as Son with whom He is pleased.

  47. Oh Staci, My heart goes out to you, I am Married to an Nam Vet, and my dad was a WW!! Vet. My niece is married to a Vet that just retired he was deployed all the time his kids where growing. God Bless you Girls, that go through that! I know it is not easy to be Married to a “trained killer” But God Loves his Warriors, Life is not perfect, But God is in it with him, and with you! Reading the Bible there are so many battles. going on all the time. On Earth AND in Heaven. ((((HUGS)))) hold on to your man. Your Love will bring him home. My husband, still sleeps with a wad of sheet under his chin, I buy K size sheets for a Q. size bed just so I can have some

    I just hold him and he rests easier! also I have found doTERRA essential oils has one called Balance, That helps him sleep better too! some nights I add Lavender,  & Serenity too. Loving you in my prayers,

    1. Thank you for your encouraging words, my husband is fine. He is not deployed, just gone a a lot for his type of work he does. 🙂 He was deployed twice many years back when things were just starting. I think just being any military spouse you tend to sacrifice many things, but  ‘time’ together as a family being the biggest… for us . No complaints, just keeps life busy. My husband loves what he does and serving his country for 19 years. Very proud of him.

  48. Matthew 3:13  I felt like John wanted Jesus to baptis him,  I know if I saw Jesus I would want him to tell me I was clean and acceptable to Him and God. But Jesus said “Permit it just now for this is fitting way” It was important to Jesus to fallow the script as God had laid it out to Him. So John did as he was asked, but I wonder in the prison if John began to wonder himself, even thought he had seen the Spirit descend “like a dove” and he heard God say “This is My Son My Beloved ,in whom I delight” he was questioning, he sent some of his followers to ask Jesus “are you really the one” He was suffering in prison, and he was human. I felt God wanted to Bless his Son, even more to prepare Him to face the Wilderness, and Overcome all he would have to do to Prevail, I think that is why we don’t have perfect, simple, carefree lives here on earth, We have to BE Bold, and Courageous, to Believe in a God who loves us when every thing around us is crumpling. To do that we need to see the Spirit working in our lives, and we need to hear God tell us he loves us. I used to see him in the “rear view mirror” but as I am aging 🙂 I see him more by my side. I am looking forward to seeing him out in front soon 🙂 for He is my Shield, and I shall not want.
    Loving this Study but am getting busier, and the days seem shorter, will be leaving for Africa on May 8th. don’t know if I can do this to the end. but Thank you Dee, I am Dancing more already 🙂