Today we celebrate Trinity Sunday—the presence of God in three persons. As you will notice in the children’s message, I will explain the word Trinity (“tri”—indicating “three”), but I do not attempt to “explain” how the Trinity “works” (as in how God can be both Father, Son, and Spirit all at the same time). That’s because many of the ways that are typically used to explain the Trinity are actually heresies (a belief/opinion contrary to Christian doctrine). Take for example the popular use of “water” to explain the Trinity. In it, each of the persons of God are represented by one of the elements of water (Solid, Liquid, and Gas). Yet, the Trinity is not only the fact that God is in three persons, but that all three of those persons exist at the same time—and the same cup of water cannot be ice and water and steam all at the same time. Another poor example people may use to represent the Trinity is the three-leafed shamrock. This, however, encourages people to think of God as three separate leaves (who share a similar nature) whereas the Trinity emphasizes one God in three persons who share an identical nature.
So, how DO we explain the Trinity? We don’t. We acknowledge that some things about God are a mystery—inexplicable—while we still seek to understand God’s nature—who God is and what God does.
What I will attempt to explain, however, is how the Trinity works in terms of helping us as Christians. As we know from our Bibles, Jesus makes the Trinity integral to the Gospel when he commissions his followers in Matthew 28:19 to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” In simple terms then, the Trinity assists us, for the Spirit helps us to follow Jesus and when we follow Jesus, people know that God is our Father—who, in love, came as Jesus to be our Savior, and as the Spirit to help us follow!
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all!
Here are some resources to help your child in worshipping today:
The Children’s Message for May 30th, 2020: “Trinity Sunday”—is included in today’s worship service posted on the HVBC YouTube Channel and the HVBC website.
In the Children’s Message I use a prop called the “Shield of the Trinity.” Though I won’t go into explaining it, I’ve posted it below for your edification—for it is the most orthodox/highly regarded way of speaking about the Trinity which is—God is the Father, God is the Son, God is the Holy Spirit (all at the same time), yet the Father is not the Son or the Spirit, the Son is not the Father or Spirit, and the Spirit is not the Father or Son. Confusing? 😊