A trinitarian gospel

The Missing Trinity in Evangelism

We had our first confidence in the gospel consultation at St Paul’s Onslow Square on November 20th. It was an excellent day with a broad range of speakers and participants coming together to talk about the gospel. Some of my friends think getting together to talk about the gospel is a waste of time – we should just be out there doing the gospel in words and actions rather than sitting in a room talking about it. I share some of their activist spirit, but sometimes it is important to reflect on what we are doing – so that we don’t accidentally deform the gospel in our rush to spread it.

When I ask atheists to describe the God that they don’t believe in they describe Satan rather than the Trinity @mike_reeves

 

When our gospel is not robustly Trinitarian we are not specifically and robustly Christian #confidence

 

In a bid to provoke and challenge each other to be faithful to the gospel we have produced a series of short videos from the day. If you have 9 minutes – why not watch the following video – and then either click through to the EA website where there are some questions for groups or church leaders to help you process what you have just seen- or join in the comment stream below…

So here is Mike Reeves – who is a friend from my time at UCCF. He has written a new book on the Trinity – so I asked him to provoke us to examine how Trinitarian our gospel is. Strangely I have found even my charismatic friends particularly shy of speaking about the Holy Spirit when they do evangelism. I have to admit I am often so concerned to talk about Jesus I often neglect to talk about the transforming presence of God. How about you… How does this short talk provoke you ?

 

 

3 thoughts on “The Missing Trinity in Evangelism”

  1. Thanks, Krish, for sharing this video.

    > I have to admit I am often so concerned to talk about
    > Jesus I often neglect to talk about the transforming
    > presence of God. How about you…

    I totally agree. One reason might be, that the transforming presence of God should be clearly visible in our lives, so maybe we are to shy to point out the change we experienced?
    …maybe we don’t want to boast about how our lives changed (then again, it is _not_ us working the change, but God himself through grace and the Holy Spirit.)
    …maybe there is not much change visible in my life, because we fail at the task of being disciples?

    What do you think?
    Phil

  2. Yes, it’s strange how we tend to omit the Holy Spirit, especially bearing in mind…
    (1) I wouldn’t be a Christian at all unless the Spirit had already done some life-changing work in me. That same Spirit wants to bring new life to others too.
    (2) Any significant transformation in my attitude, behaviour, character or awareness of God (in Trinity!) has happened because of the Spirit, and so acknowledging those transformations is a confession of grace being effective – it points away from me and to Him.
    (3) The resurrecting power of the Spirit is a profound source of hope – what happened with Jesus can happen with us, too, because the same Spirit is at work eternally.
    (4) The supernatural activity, equipping and guidance of the Spirit gives Christianity that ‘extra’ dimension , lifting it beyond the mundane to somehow include God-incidences that provoke a holy genuinely reverent ‘omg’ reaction.
    In short, the Spirit makes conversion and the whole life of faith possible at all …and so it truly is odd that we ignore or overlook his role. Thanks for the thought-prompting reminder. I’d better re-immerse myself in R.A.Torrey’s writings!

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