Trinitarian unity

Paul grounds our unity in the unity of the Trinity, not in our ability to get along. We get along because Father, Son, and Spirit have allowed us to do so. We can give grace because we have been given grace. Jesus humbled himself. The Father gently and patiently works out our salvation. The Holy Spirit forbears and abides with us even in the face of our sin, convicting and correcting us, but never condemning. Father, Son, and Spirit were torn apart so that we might be united with them and with each other.

[Relationships – a mess worth making, Lane & Tripp, 46]

Godly dissatisfaction

“If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing.” – St. Augustine

(Quoted in Community: Taking Your Small Group Off Life Support, B. House)

Rewards in heaven

But, if rewards are clearly presented as a motivation in the Christian life, why don’t we hear more about rewards in our modern pulpits? I am sure there are many answers to that question, but let me suggest one: we have been convinced that our obedience doesn’t matter. While we are rightly told that only Christ’s obedience can secure our justification, and that he has kept the law perfectly for us, our own obedience receives far less attention in the pulpit. Justification is center stage, and sanctification is peripheral.

Michael Kruger writes more about the heavenly rewards that await the godly here.

The course of your life

Here’s a video from St.Mary’s Church Wootton, reflecting on The Course of Your Life, by Tony Payne.

After having run the course at our church last year, with plans well under way to run it again in a few months time, what I like about the video is how much it reflects our own assessment of how helpful the course is in challenging individuals about their faith and encouraging them towards servant-hearted, word based ministry to others.