Teaching: The Trinity

Tomorrow night I’ll be kicking off a series called Doctrine: What Do You Really Believe? for Impact Student Ministry at Cuyahoga Valley Church up in Broadview Heights, OH. I’m especially excited about being assigned this topic because, frankly, I’ve never given a whole lot of focused thought to the doctrine of the trinity – and now I have to teach it to high school students in 20-30 minutes. No big deal, right?

Conceptually, I know the importance of the doctrine of the trinity, and I’ve never been a Modalist, or a Sabellian, or a tri-theist, or anything like that. But those are just it fancy-sounding words that anyone can stumble on in a dictionary or in an iTunes U theology course on your iPhone or iPad.

Why does the trinity matter?

Other than helping to sort out all the God/Jesus/Holy Spirit business, what difference does it make?

That’s what I hope to touch on tomorrow night at 5pm. If you’re in the area, I would love for you to join me.

Jesus Loves Me

In a world that is constantly focused on performance and status of some kind, I am learning a life-changing truth.

Jesus loves me. Before any performance or status or position I can claim, he loves me.

By nature, I tend to drift away from God and rely more and more on my position, status, performance, or the like. Some insecurity will stick its head out and rather than responding by preaching the gospel to myself – reminding myself that Christ has redeemed me – I will respond by indulging those insecurities.

It’s amazing just how easy and natural this is to do. I know this, but like everyone else I am vulnerable to it.

As weak as I can be, I am still redeemed by a God who loves me.

I am loved. That is all that matters. Nothing compares to that truth.

You moved HERE from WHERE?!

At the end of the summer of 2010, Kelly and I moved from Charlotte, NC to Somewhere, OH. In all fairness, that’s the feeling we got from some local people. I constantly found the opportunity to have conversations with people in our new home based off on the fact that we had just moved here. The “here” at the time was Cuyahoga Falls, OH.

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