- We’ve talked in past shows about hearing the voice of God.
- We’ve been using the general title of “God” more than Jesus.
- We also mentioned the Holy Spirit a few times.
- To clear up any confusion we will explain the three-in-one nature of the Godhead.
- Patrick: the best analogy he’s encountered was in the book The Shack.
- Todd: Always understood there were three aspects to God, but the fictional deptction of their personalities in The Shack helped him understand.
- The book we are reading now is The Father’s Promise.
- Jesus came to earth as the son of God, but he set aside all his divinity. He was fully human.
- After Jesus died, rose and went back to heaven, he sent the Holy Spirit to live inside of every believer.
- When Jesus’ ministry on earth was finished, he and the Father sat on thrones in heaven. It’s the Holy Spirit who is still at work in the earth.
- Aaron: I didn’t knew there were Christians who don’t believe in the Trinity.
- Book reference: Beyond the Cosmos: The Extra-Dimensionality of God.
- A two dimensional being would have no concept of depth.
- A three dimensional being could place three fingers on their plane of existence and it would appear as three circles.
- The two dimensional beings could not know that all three were the same being.
- As humans, we crave understanding. But all our analogies to understand the Trinity fall short.
- God is far above what we are able to understand on our own.
- Beyond the Cosmos gives a rational explanation of how the Trinity is possible.
- Eric: church analogy for the Trinity — an egg. It’s a yolk, white and shell, but still one unit
- Another analogy: water. It can be in three forms: vapor, liquid and solid.
- The analogy for the Trinity from The Father’s Promise is that of a family.
- You can have a relationship with the family or with each member individually.
- Todd: Many Christians tend to ignore the person of the Holy Spirit.
- The attention goes to God, the Father and Jesus.
- After Jesus left the earth, he sent the Holy Spirit to us. Holy Spirit is the one we interact with.
- We tend to pray to Jesus or the Father rather than addressing the Holy Spirit directly.
- There are people who are certain God is the one true God, but that Jesus was just a good man.
- Robert, the author of The Father’s Promise, is scheduled to meet with us in a few days.
- We are excited to hear him talk about the intimacy he has with the Holy Spirit.
- He talks to the Holy Spirit about everything, especially the “unimportant things.”
- Beer with Jesus is about having that kind of casual conversation with Jesus (the Holy Spirit).
- It’s not wrong to ask the Holy Spirit for advice and help.
- We also need to talk about little things with the Holy Spirit.
- In order to see how the Holy Spirit is talking and working we have to tune in and be aware.
- We tend to talk to the Holy Spirit more when we need something.
- Aaron’s word for the year is humility.
- Humility isn’t putting ourselves down. It’s about realizing who we are as children of God.
- Being in community helps us understand what the Holy Spirit is speaking to us.
- Community should give us support, help and encouragement.
- Accountability groups often become legalistic.
- So do some churches become “shame management” institutions.
- They say, “God is good. You are bad. Try harder!”
- Jesus told his disciples that it’s better that he was going away because he was sending the Holy Spirit.
- The “Footprints in the Sand” poem had it wrong.
- The Holy Spirit inside of us is better than Jesus walking beside us.
- We are challenged by what is written in the Bible that we are to be like Jesus because the Holy Spirit is in us.
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