It is only when we understand the Triune God that we see how the living God is set apart from the idols of human imagination.
HOW DOES ONE EXPLAIN THE TRINITY? NOT, REEVES SAYS,
WITH THREE OF THESE EXAMPLES:
A teacher might say, “God is like water — sometimes watery, sometimes icy, and sometime steamy.”
Or God might be compared to an egg or an apple!
THIS WILL NOT DO FOR OUR AWESOME, RELATIONAL, LOVING GOD.
Mike Reeves says:
Far better to go to the baptism of Jesus.
For just as we saw the Trinity dancing over the waters in Genesis,
it is happening again!
For, as we saw last week, here we see the Trinity relating in love.
The Son submitting to the Father.
The Spirit glorifying the Son.
The Father loving the Son.
Each circling around each other: loving, glorifying, and, yes, dancing.
I saw an illustration of the dance of the Trinity in the movie based on the true story of Leslie and Lee Stobel: The Case for Christ.
Lee reacted violently to Leslie’s conversion. In an interview on World Radio’s program Listening In, Leslie remembered the painful conversation they had in the car when Lee told her he would divorce her if she had not changed back to the old Leslie in two years. This is the scene where she first tells him of her conversion.
It was Leslie’s conversion that sent Lee on a journalistic quest to disprove the claims of Christ.
Meanwhile, Leslie kept praying this verse for Lee:
He traveled, as a journalist, to talk to experts.
He hoped they would help him disprove the claims of Jesus
to his wife and to the world.
But the Spirit of the Living God began to reveal Christ,
and the love of the Father flowing through Leslie began to melt Lee’s heart,
til finally, with Leslie at his side, he kneels to surrender.
To his surprise, he begins to dance!
For decades since then, Lee has been encouraging others to join into the dance.
God’s love, Puritan Richard Sibbes said, is like the warming sun who
“delights to spread his beams and his influence to inferior things, to make all things fruitful.”
(I know some of you are eager to talk about The Shack — that is next week!)
1. What stood out to you from the above and why?
2. Because our God is a TRIUNE God, He has been love from all eternity. He does not need us, He simply gives to us. Share one way you have experienced that love in the last few weeks.
3. Do you agree that three of the four illustrations above or the Trinity fail? Why or why not?
MONDAY-WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY
In the message you will hear from Mike Reeve this week, he talks about how music expresses the Trinity (music is one of the good gifts coming down from the Father). The harmony of instruments, voices, and melody reflect the harmony and the dance of the Father, Son, and Spirit. Listen to Holy, Holy, Holy by Audrey Assad to prepare your heart for revelations about our Triune God.
4. According to John 16:7, why does Jesus tell the disciples that it is to their advantage that He leaves?
5. What is the Spirit able to do that the Son, in bodily form, could not do?
6. Read John 17:20-23 (Jesus last prayer before the cross)
A. In verses 20-21, for whom is Jesus praying, what does He pray, and why does He pray this?
B. When you are divided with brothers and sisters in Christ, what should your part be? (This may vary with the situation, so I’m asking you to ask God for wisdom and share. One thing God promises in James is that if we ask Him for wisdom, His Spirit will give it to us!)
C. How can you see, according to verses 22-23, that Jesus wants us to be part of this harmonious dance with the Trinity?
D. What do you think keeps us from dancing?
Last week several of you talked about locking eyes with Jesus in the dance, and allowing Him to lead. This is Scriptural, for we are repeatedly told to keep our eyes on Jesus and to stay in step with the Spirit. Our own Staci shared this song, “We Dance” from Youtube.
7. Read 1 John 2:18-27
A. What quickens you from the above passage and why?
B. How do you see the importance of the Trinity in this passage?
C. What would you say to someone who says he believes in God but is unsure about Jesus?
8. Share a time in the last week when the Spirit revealed something to you — either about the Son, or about sin in your life, or giving you wisdom for a situation. Share with thanksgiving.
THURSDAY-FRIDAY: FREE MESSAGE FROM MIKE REEVES:
DELIGHTING IN THE TRINITY AND WHY IT MATTERS
9. What did you learn about the difference between the Triune God and, for example, Allah?
10. What comments or notes do you have from this message?
11. What is your take-a-way and why?