Theology is important to us because it provides a framework for our faith. However, there are many theological currents, even within the Christian community. A feature that applies to the WKG / GCI as a denomination is our commitment to what can be described as "trinitarian theology". Although the Trinity doctrine has been widely acknowledged in church history, some have referred to it as the "forgotten doctrine" because it can be so often overlooked. Nevertheless, we believe in the WKG / GCI that the reality, ie the reality and meaning of the Trinity changes everything.
The Bible teaches that our salvation depends on the Trinity. The teaching shows us how each person of the Godhead plays an essential role in our lives as Christians. God the Father Adopted Us as His "Dearest Beloved Children" (Ephesians 5,1). This is why God the Son, Jesus Christ, did the work that was necessary for our salvation. We rest in his show of mercy (Ephesians 1,3: 7) have confidence in our salvation because God the Holy Spirit dwells in us as the seal of our inheritance (Ephesians 1,13: 14). Each Trinity person has a unique role in welcoming us to God's family.
Although we worship God in three divine persons, the Trinity doctrine can sometimes feel as if it is very difficult to practice in practice. But if our understanding and practice of the central teachings are the same, there is great potential to transform our daily lives. I see it this way: The Trinity teaching reminds us that we can not do anything to earn our place at the Lord's table God has already invited us and completed the necessary work to make room for us at the table. Thanks to the salvation of Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we can come before the Father, bound in the love of the Triune God. This love is open to all who believe, free of charge, because of the eternal, unchanging relationship of the Trinity. This certainly does not mean that we have no chance to participate in this relationship. Living in Christ means that God's love enables us to care for those who live around us. The love of the Trinity overflows us to enclose us in them; and through us she reaches others. God does not need us to accomplish His work, but He invites us as His family to join Him. We are authorized to love because His Spirit is in us. When I realize that his spirit lives in me, my mind feels relieved. The trinitarian, relationship-oriented God wants to set us free to have valuable and meaningful relationships with Him and other people.
Let me give you an example from my own life. As a preacher, I can catch myself "doing what I do" for God. Recently I met with a group of people. I was so focused on my own agenda that I did not realize who else was in the room with me. As I realized how I cared to accomplish the tasks for God, I took a moment to laugh at myself and to celebrate that God is with us and leads and guides us. We need not be afraid of making mistakes when we know that God has everything under control. We can serve Him joyfully. It changes our daily experiences when we remember that there is nothing that God can not correct. Our Christian calling is not a heavy burden, but a wonderful gift. Since the Holy Spirit lives in us, we are free to participate in his work without having to worry.
Maybe you know that a motto in the WKG / GCI is: "They are included!" But do you know what that means for me personally? It means that we try to love as the Trinity loves - to care for each other - in a way that recognizes our differences, even when we come together. The Trinity is a perfect model for Sacred Love. Father, Son and Holy Spirit enjoy perfect unity, while they are clearly different divine persons. As Athanasius said, "Divisiveness in the Trinity, Trinity in Unity." The love expressed in the Trinity teaches us the meaning of loving relationships within God's kingdom.
Trinitarian understanding defines the life of our faith community. Here in the WKG / GCI she motivates us to rethink how we can care for each other. We want to love those around us, not because we want to earn something, but because our God is a God of communion and love. God's Spirit of Love guides us to love others, even if this is not easy. We know that his spirit lives not only in us, but also in our brothers and sisters. That's why we not only meet for worship on Sundays, but also have meals together and are looking forward to what God will do in our lives. That is why we offer help to the needy in our neighborhood and around the world; it is why we pray for the sick and infirm. It is because of love and our belief in the Trinity.
When we mourn or celebrate together, we try to love each other as the Trinity loves God. If we live out the Trinitarian understanding daily, we accept our calling enthusiastically: "To be the fullness of Him who fills everything." (Ephesians 1,22: 23). Your generous, selfless prayers and your financial support are a crucial part of this sharing community that is shaped by the Trinitarian understanding. We are overwhelmed with the love of the Father through the redemption of the Son, the presence of the Holy Spirit, and carried through the care of his body.
From a meal prepared for a sick friend to the joy of a family member's accomplishment, to a donation that helps the church to continue working; all of this allows us to proclaim the good news of the gospel.
In the love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
GRACE COMMUNION INTERNATIONAL