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The Trinity: A Final Post

And so we reach the end. I hope these articles have been beneficial for you. If you’ve had trouble understanding the trinity in the past, I hope you’ve gotten a better grasp of this most central doctrine of the Christian faith. If you’ve heard all of this before, I hope you’ve been reminded of the beauty and wonder of this doctrine. In any case, I hope that meditation on the doctrine of the trinity has led you to glorify and ...
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Doctrine(s) of the Trinity: Three Divine Persons

So, it’s been a while, but this week we are finally returning to the doctrine of the Trinity. You will recall, I’m sure, that the Trinity isn’t just one doctrine. It’s actually three doctrines: (1) absolute monotheism, (2) three divine persons, and (3) the equality of the divine persons. Last time, we discussed monotheism. If you need to refresh your memory, the article can be found here. Now, I should apologize, I said at the end of that article that ...
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Doctrine(s) of the Trinity: Monotheism

Last week I began a series of articles on the doctrine of the Trinity. My plan had been to split the series into three posts. (1) Why is the Trinity important? (2) Where in the Bible can we find the Trinity? And (3) how do I explain this doctrine. That’s all very ordered and succinct is it not? Well…upon reflection I think that would necessitate skipping over some pretty important aspects of this all-important doctrine. The Trinity is so important ...
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Knowing God Means Knowing the Trinity

Several weeks ago, I posted an article about sharing the gospel. In it, I laid out the method I would recommend for sharing the faith with someone: God, Man, Christ, and Faith. Upon reflection, though, I left something out in the “God” section of the article: the Trinity. Growing up, I had trouble seeing the real importance of the doctrine of the Trinity. I knew that we believed it. I knew that there was one God. I knew that the ...
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Knowing the Gospel

“An emaciated gospel leads to emaciated worship. It lowers our eyes from God to self and cheapens what God has accomplished for us in Christ. The biblical gospel, by contrast, is like fuel in the furnace of worship. The more you understand about it, believe it, and rely on it, the more you adore God both for who he is and for what he has done for us in Christ.”[1] I want Trinity Presbyterian Church to know, love, and be ...
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A Church Focused on Missions

Yesterday the Missions Committee held our first meeting since I was installed as the pastor here at Trinity. While the meeting itself consisted of quite a bit of housekeeping (committee member responsibilities, strategic plan for the coming year, etc.), it got me thinking about us as a church. As I’ve said from the pulpit, missions is very important to me. I truly believe that we as a church are not being obedient to the Word of God if we are ...
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Preparing Our Hearts

This week we will be observing the Lord’s Supper at Trinity. This sacrament has been given to us to strengthen our faith, to remind us of Christ and what he has done for us, and, as our catechism puts it, to give those who partake worthily “not after a corporal and carnal manner, but by faith…[Christ’s] body and blood, with all his benefits, to their spiritual nourishment and growth in grace.”[1] You may wonder, though, how can someone “grow in ...
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Do They “Deserve More”?

I had intended to continue on the topic of Covenant Theology this week, and it’s still possible, I suppose, that I’ll post something on that subject tomorrow. But God, in his providence, has placed me in a situation where I need to talk about something else. Yesterday there was a tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, one of those reminders we sometimes get that makes it impossible for us not to see that we live in a ...
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Covenant Theology: It Doesn’t Have to be Complicated

Last Sunday evening I gave a quick lesson on covenant theology at our Sunday evening Bible study. Now, Ligon Duncan has said, "Reformed theology is covenant theology,"[1] so, as you might imagine, when one of our ruling elders asked me to teach on the subject, I jumped at the chance. As a follow up to that lesson, I want to give you a list of the most important things about covenant theology. I’m not giving these in any particular order. ...
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A Praying Church

Last month we began a prayer initiative at Trinity Presbyterian Church. The session has asked 21 people to commit to praying 21 minutes each week for the church, her work, and her mission. In the interest of helping those of you who have signed up, as well as encouraging everyone, whether you have a specific time-slot or not, to pray, here are some suggestions from the session regarding prayer for Trinity Presbyterian Church Pray for yourself and your family. I've ...
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