Saturday, May 21, 2016

Word for the day Christian Education Forum


Trinity Sunday: Trinity Community of Love
Mark 1:1-11
 
Joseph Koshy
St. Paul’s MTC of Dallas,Texas


“And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.  And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” vv. 10-11 (NRSV)
There is no style of music that is more characteristically American than Jazz music and musician Miles Davis is arguably the best Jazz musician that has ever performed. One of the main reasons that Miles is one of the best can be summed up in his philosophy about music: “There were no bad notes to be played, only unusual notes to be played around with.” Simply put: Miles turned the bad notes into good music. He wouldn’t get angry with band members about the mistakes they might have made. He was tolerant of their mistakes because he was confident of his own abilities to bring harmony to the performance. This allowed his fellow band members to feel more confident in their own abilities in experimenting with the music. For this reason, when his band performed, they sounded better than the sum of their parts and The Miles Davis Quintet dominated the music scene for nearly 2 decades.
You may be wondering how this illustration ties into  today’s theme? Well, in the same way that Miles Davis worked in harmony to compliment and strengthen his band members, we see a similarity in how each part of the Holy Trinity works in harmony to complement the sum total of the Trinity. Let us briefly look at three points when it comes to the Trinity & community.
God Is Community
We see the triune nature of God in the very first chapter of the Bible, Genesis 1:26. Notice that God says, "Let us make humankind in our image.” This “us” implies that a communion between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit took place about the creation of humankind. Also, it makes sense when 1 John 4:8 tells us that “God is love” – He “is” eternally love, the LORD God did not become love when he created us to love, the love of the LORD God has always existed in God as the three love each other perfectly. The manifested evidence of this Trinity community is made even clearer at baptism of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:10-11).
God Created Community
Again in Genesis 1:27, we see immediately after God created us in His image, He created us male and female. We see He creates us in community, with the ability to expand the community. A large part of being created in the image of God is being created in community, as God himself is in community. In fact, we could take it a step further as we can see evidence of the characteristics of community in the Holy Sacraments that God implemented for the Church. God has created us to be relational in every aspect of our lives with Him and ourselves.
God Calls Us To Community
The God we worship lives in community, and as such, we cannot be a solitary Christian. The LORD God, who is community, must have a community worshiping Him; to be “godly” people, we must live in community. John 13:34 strengthens this understanding even more. To live and worship in community is to join in the very character of God. To live in a right relationship with those around us and our environment is to be Godly!
In conclusion, as much as we are created to commune with our LORD God; we are called to commune with His’ people and with His’ creation. We need to work out the sin/discord in our life; learn to practice grace, forgiveness and love with others; live as confident Christians (Philippians 4:13) that strengthen each other to create a better world for all His people and to bring glory to His Kingdom.

PRAYER

LORD God, help us to remember that You created us with a design and purpose. We are created with the sense of community that is perfectly reflected in the Trinity that is You. Help us to be more like You in every way. In the name of Jesus Christ, our LORD and Savior, we pray. Amen.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Let the perfect love of the LORD God, perfect us daily; so those that are lost can see Christ in us and be saved.