How Trinity Shapes Our Mission

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Early church fathers sometimes referred to the Trinity as the Divine Dance—the joyful, continuous, back-and-forth between the members of the Godhead. In this sermon, Ian invites us to consider the sacrificial, self-emptying love between the members of the Trinity, and he explores the implications of that love for justice in our world.

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Sermon Discussion Questions

(John 14:7–18, Phil. 2:1–11) Ian’s sermon, 11/10/19

  • Ian showcased two images of the Trinity, each depicting three figures around a table—one by Andrei Rublev, (15th) and one by Scott Erickson (21stc.). How do these images of God compare with images of God you have seen before or hold in your mind? How do these images challenge or invite you to see God differently?
  • Early church fathers referred to the Trinity as the Divine Dance (perichoresis), suggesting a joyful, continuous, back-and-forth between the members of the Godhead. Where might one see evidence of the Divine Dance unfolding in John 14:7-18?
  • An important concept associated with the Trinity is that of self-emptying (kenosis). Read Phil. 2:1 – 11. Where do you see self-emptying taking place in this passage? In what ways do each of the three persons of the Godhead engage in the act of self-emptying? For whom and why?
  • In what ways might the image of God as a divine dance, where each member of the Godhead pours himself out to the others in sacrificial love, inform the way we treat and think about others? Does understanding God as a Trinity change or deepen the way you think about justice?
  • Take a moment to prayerfully imagine yourself in relation to the Trinity. What would it look like for you to enter the divine dance, to take a seat at the table? As you step into the coming week, how might God be inviting you to relate to others and his world differently—to be on mission—in light of what you have learned about the Trinity today?