Delighting in the Trinity: Why the Father, Son and Spirit Are Good News
Many of us find the doctrine of the Trinity - that God is three persons sharing one nature - difficult to get our heads round, and frankly, a bit embarrassing. What is more, we seem to get by without it....
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Many of us find the doctrine of the Trinity - that God is three persons sharing one nature - difficult to get our heads round, and frankly, a bit embarrassing. What is more, we seem to get by without it. But in reality the Trinity is at the heart of all we believe. The Trinity gives shape to Christian truth.
Many people claim to believe in God, but have no time for him. That is because their god is remote and uninvolved. The triune God sent his Son into human history so that we could know him as our Father and he sends his Spirit to accompany us in the struggles of life. To find out more about this God is a wonderful adventure.
The book is appropriately divided into three: biblical foundations, historical developments and practical implications.
"How can there be three Gods and yet only one God?" Have you ever groaned inwardly at a question like this? Many of us find the doctrine of the Trinity - that God is three persons sharing one nature - difficult to get our heads round, and frankly a bit embarrassing. What is more, we seem to get by without thinking about it too deeply. But in reality, the Trinity is at the heart of all that Christians believe. The nature of God as a Trinity gives shape to all Christian truth, and to the gospel that we believe and proclaim. And rather than be a source of embarrassment, properly understood, it should fill us with joy. This book aims to help you see how the Trinity is fantastically good news. Because the trinity means that God is not remote and uninvolved - quite the opposite. God sent His Son and His Spirit into our world to draw us into a wonderful relationship with Himself. This is the God who gives meaning and joy to our lives. And along the way we discover that the Trinity answers other big questions: How can we know God? What happened at the cross? What does it mean to be human? How can people live together with all their differences? What does mission look like in a fragmented world? Tim Chester will take us deeper into understanding the thrilling triune nature of God. In short accessible chapters he takes us through the Bible's teaching on the Trinity; gives us an overview of the important arguments over the trinity that have taken place throughout Christian history; and lays out the practical implications for our Christian lives.
Dr Tim Chester is the pastor of Grace Church in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, UK, and is a faculty member at The Acts 29 Oak Hill Academy. He is part of the Crowded House, a church planting initiative in Sheffield, UK, and is founder and co-director of the Porterbrook Seminary, a college-level theological training and ministry institute. He was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund and tutor in missiology at Cliff College.
Tim is the author of over thirty books of theology and history, ranging from the popular to the specialised, including Mission and the Coming of God: Eschatology, the Trinity and Mission in the Theology of Jurgen Moltmann (Paternoster); The Message of Prayer (Inter-Varsity Press); From Creation to New Creation (Paternoster); Good News to the Poor (Inter-Varsity Press); Delighting in the Trinity (Monarch); The Busy Christians Guide to Busyness (Inter-Varsity Press); and You can change: God's transforming power for our sinful behaviour and negative emotions (Inter-Varsity Press).
Tim is co-author of The Gospel-Centered Church (The Good Book Co), The World We All Want (Authentic) and Total Church (Inter-Varsity Press) and series editor of The Good Book Guides.
Tim is married to Helen, and they have two daughters.
- 1. Introduction: Believing In The Triune God
- Part One: Biblical Foundations
- 2. The Unity Of God In The Bible
- 3. The Plurality Of God In The Bible
- 4. Unity And Plurality At The Cross
- Part Two: Historical Developments
- 5. God's Actions, God's Being (2nd-4th Centuries Ad)
- 6. Starting With Three, Starting With One (4th-16th Centuries Ad)
- 7. At The Margins, At The Centre (17th-20th Centuries Ad)
- Part Three: Practical Implications
- 8. The Trinity And Revelation
- 9. The Trinity And Salvation
- 10. The Trinity And Humanity
- 11. The Trinity And Mission
- Further Reading