Each month in 2019, I am creating a new Faithful Hearts Study highlighting a different aspect of a faithful heart. Below is day one of November’s study on community; I pray it is a blessing to you! If you are interested, there is a link at the bottom of the post to request the entire seven-day study be sent directly in your inbox.
Day One: The Trinity
“It should cause us great joy to know that it is the purpose of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to give of themselves to us to bring us true joy and happiness. It is God’s nature to act that way toward those upon whom he has set his love, and he will continue to act that way toward us for all eternity.”
– Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology
A Scripture to Read: John 16:13-14, John 17:1-26
A Few Words to Consider:
I always like to begin these studies by revealing the way in which God embodies each of these traits. I was particularly excited to dive into this conversation on community because our God is Himself a small community.
We believe in a triune God, meaning He is a single God made up of three distinct beings. This mystery is far more complicated than a short devotional can dive into; however, there are a few things we can learn from today’s Scripture regarding the incredible relationship between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
They share everything: In John 17:10, Jesus tells His Father, ‘Everything I have is yours and everything you have is mine…’. We can see the Trinity does not keep things from each other- whatever one has, they give to the other.
They glorify each other (16:14; 17:4-5): The Holy Spirit testifies about the Son, who glorifies the Father, who in turn pours out the Holy Spirit. It is a continuous cycle; building one another up and showing one another off to the world.
They are in perfect unity (17:11): The Trinity, while three beings, is of one heart and one mind. They think the same thoughts and love the same things. They are in perfect agreement and purpose.
Theirs is an eternal love (17:24): Before they created the world, the Trinity existed in perfect community and they will continue in that love for all eternity.
They invite us in (17:23): The most astounding thing (in my mind) about the Trinity, is not only that they will exist in perfect love, but that they invite us to enter into it through Jesus Christ. We were once strangers, far off from God. But Jesus came that we might be drawn close and made a family. Because of their divine hospitality, we are able to rest securely in their love.
I cannot imagine a more powerful picture of the community! As we continue considering ways to cultivate community, let us keep this divine community at the forefront of our minds, for in it, we find the pattern He desires us to follow as His Church.
A Few Questions to Answer:
Which of these truths about the Trinity excites you the most?
As His children, we are to reflect the Trinity’s glory by demonstrating Their generosity, unity, hospitality, and unconditional, all-encompassing love. Which of these do you believe your faith community exhibits well?
Which do you feel your faith community struggles to exhibit?
An Action to Take:
Memorizing Scripture is an essential part of cultivating a faithful heart. This week, let’s memorize Romans 15:5-7 together. It’s only three verses long, so it will only take three days to learn! If you’ve been hesitant to try memorizing Scripture up to this point, this is the week to try it!
Today, take Romans 15:5 and read it out loud ten times. Then cover it and say it out loud ten more times. Tomorrow, say Romans 15:5 from memory, then memorize 15:6. Repeat this process each day, reciting the old verses and repeating the new verse, until you have learned them all. You’ve got this!
A Space to Pray:
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