GOD Is – Part 2 – “Triune”
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, March 8, 2020
How is God Triune?
Life Group Study Guide – From Mar 8
Scripture: Matthew 3:16-17
God is: Triune
Tokyo 2020 : What sport would you compete in if you were in the Olympics? Assuming you had the physical capacity to do it 🙂
1. Was there something in this week’s teaching that particularly struck you or got you thinking?
2. Many who do not follow Jesus think the idea of God being a trinity is, as idiotic and absurd. How does this influence you?
3. Talk about this definition of trinity: “The Trinity means that there is one God who eternally exists as three distinct Persons – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is one in essence/being and three in person.”
4. While the word ‘trinity’ is not found in the Bible, the concepts that form the idea are obvious:
- God is one – Isaiah 44:24; 45:21-23
- The Father is God – Philippians 1:2; Matthew 6:9-10
- Jesus is God – John 1:1-18; Titus 2:11-14
- The Holy Spirit is God – Acts 5:1-5
Talk about Nabeel Qureshi’s statement, “So, the Bible teaches that God is one being and three persons. This is not a contradiction, because ‘being’ and ‘person’ are two different things. Your being is that which makes you what you are, your person is that which makes you who you are. For instance, I am one being, a human being, and one person, Nabeel Qureshi. Yahweh is one being, God, with three persons: Father, Son, and Spirit. Complex? Yes. Unique? Yes. Nonsensical? No.”
5. We are often tempted to find an analogy to help us understand this complexity. Most analogies are helpful in one respect, but harmful in another. For example:
- Egg analogy – one egg comprised of three parts, shell, white and yolk. Problem: each part is separate, which eliminates the unity of essence. Leads to tri-theism, three gods held together somehow.
- Water analogy – water can be a solid, liquid or gas. Problem: this implies that God somehow shifts modes between Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Water cannot be simultaneously in three states, but God is always three Persons.
- Relational analogy – a person can be a wife, mother, and colleague all at the same time. Problem, this only displays how an individual can relate to different people in different ways… its still the same person. The Bible reveals Father, Son and Holy Spirit to be distinct persons who cooperate perfectly in unison, and who are by nature one.
Does the lack of a good simple analogy bother you? Why?
6. What difference do these claims make for your personally in your everyday life?
7. Read John 3:16-18 and Matthew 28:19-20. How do these verses display the distinctness and unity of the three Persons of our One God?
8. How would you help a friend explore the nature of God and come to terms with the concept of the trinity?
9. What could we do as a group or as a church to help you do it?
Peter wrote, ‘if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it’ (1 Peter 3:15). Are there steps you could take to be more ready?
What is God saying to you from His Word? What are you going to do about it?