Living in a trinitarian way


I have been reading Christian Shwarz’s ideas on Natural Church Development, and one of the ideas that he has been working on, based on his working with a range of different denominational churches, is that of recovering a practical application of our belief in the Trinity.  He connects green with God as Creator, red with God as Saviour, and blue with God as the indweller (the Holy Spirit).  For more detail on this, have a look at this pdf.   These do not directly equate to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but help us to think about where we are in our relationship with God:

a. Where am I rationally, i.e. in view of my thinking?

b. Where am I emotionally, i.e. in view of my heart?

c. Where am I socially, i.e. in view of my network of relationships?

God’s revelations always aim at establishing a relationship. In all three revelations we encounter the one God, but each time we encounter him in a different way. His threefold communication with us, which should correspond with a threefold response on our part, is fundamental to the nature of God as revealed to us in the Bible. Whenever just one of the three dimensions is neglected, we have an incomplete experience of God. We will come to see that most problems with which we struggle in the everyday life of our churches are, in the final analysis, based on an incomplete understanding of the threefold revelation of God.

About stayingfaithful

I am looking for anything that relates to life and to a fuller life. I am bored by the normal and the natural and interested in the supernatural. There must be more than this. We were put on this earth for more than a nine to five prison, as someone said a few years ago.
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2 Responses to Living in a trinitarian way

  1. Good pointer Ben. I believe many believers can struggle with the three in one concept, and end up concentrating on one aspect of the Trinity rather than the holistic whole. Interesting that we call on Holy Spirit for many things, signs, wonders, help and yet do we actually have a relationship with Him who is the One Jesus said would stay with us when He returned to the Father?
    I am always blessed to read again The Shack, whether it fits with our own personal image of our awesome Trinity or not, for me, it is helpful to see the three distinctive parts of the unified and perfect whole, and confirms that God meets all of us exactly where we are, right here, right now.
    There are many examples of people defining the Trinity in terms we can relate to – be great to come up with some more examples and share. Stuart Henderson immediately springs to mind in some of his poems.
    I have also found Chuck and Nancy Missler – Being Transformed By the Renewing of Your Mind, incredibly helpful in explaining our bodies as temples and the intricate way God has modelled that for us throughout the Old Testament, to be fulfilled in the New Testament.
    Thank you.

  2. benleney says:

    Thanks Lynette – your comment is more fertile than my initial post. I will have to check out the Missler teaching. The Shack showed me more about the dynamism of the relationship in the Trinity, and the richness of our relationship with God. One and one together creates a real potential for transformation. Schwartz’ emphasis is on us, and how we relate to the different aspects of God. I am quite enjoying a number of his ideas, including this video (although it’s a little involved):

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