First UMC
Downtown Worship, June 26, 2022
The Good Triangle
Locations & Times
  • First United Methodist Church of Lexington - Downtown
    200 W High St, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    Sunday 8:30 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM
This summer teaching series is called “Basics”. In it we will examine the foundational statements of our faith as contained in the small catechism (list of questions on faith) which is a fancy word for “echo” or “resound” that comes from how these questions were used. New converts to the faith would be read a question by a mentor and then they would be expected to echo or repeat the answer. Learning the foundations of faith has been a tried and true way of discipleship.

Today’s question: Are there more persons in the Godhead than one?

Answer: There are three persons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one. 2 Corinthians 3:13

The three persons of the Trinity are seen at Jesus’ baptism. But this was not a new thing for God has always existed as a triune God.

Triangles in relationships are normally thought of as a bad thing. But the Father, Son and Holy Spirit show us something different. Maybe we have been viewing it wrong?

John, Jesus and God as an example of a productive triad.

In Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer says that all Christians relate to other Christians through Christ...not directly.

In Failure of Nerve, Edwin Friedman says that all relationships include a third. Sometimes it is a person, often it is viewpoints, baggage, desires that go unnoticed but not unfelt.

Dr. Jessica Barrowman observes that triangles naturally create a space that is unique to the relationship and therefore can be a productive space for growth.

How do we create a triad in all of our relationships that includes God?

1. Spiritual practices

2. Adopt God’s viewpoint by putting on the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16)
a. Steadfast love (patient, kind)
b. Justice (What does this person need to draw closer to Christ?)
c. Righteousness (What can I do, or not do, to help the person draw closer to Christ?)

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