The Trinity is a difficult concept to explain. We use the words of this title to try and explain what we can’t truly comprehend. Our church bears this same name, First Trinity.
I was reading an article by Andy Stanley about community recently. He reminded me of a verse I love, but with a new twist. Here it is:
And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. … “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
John 17:11, 20-21
Jesus prayed for the disciples and he prayed for us too. And what did he pray? That they may be one, even as we are one. We? Jesus prays that we would have the same sort of community that the Trinity enjoys. And what is that community like? Andy suggests the following:
- Enjoying one another (Genesis 1:26)
- Encouraging one another (Matthew 3:17)
- Supporting one another (John 14:26)
- Loving one another (Mark 9:7)
- Deferring to one another (John 14:10)
- Glorifying one another (John 17:1)
This is the type of community that Jesus is praying would be among us. Enjoying, encouraging, supporting, loving, deferring to and glorifying (see definition #1) one another. We aren’t perfect at this, but we seem to have some of this community happening among us at First Trinity now. It seems to be something that makes us unique among area Lutheran churches. Where have you seen these aspects of community among us?