The Trinity, Practically Speaking
Three Gods, or One, or Three-in-One? Since the word Trinity does not appear in the Bible, many people wonder whether the doctrine is anything more than an intellectual puzzle created by theologians. This book takes readers on a guided tour...
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Three Gods, or One, or Three-in-One? Since the word Trinity does not appear in the Bible, many people wonder whether the doctrine is anything more than an intellectual puzzle created by theologians. This book takes readers on a guided tour of the logic leading to understanding God as a Trinity. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in the Bible (and in Christian experience) are all vital to the reality of salvation. All three save. This point may not seem to be very significant until seen in the light of the basic premise of the entire Bible, namely, that only God can save (Hosea 13:4). There are benefits involved in understanding God as a communion of persons, a circle of love. God is no longer viewed as a distant judge removed from the sorrows of earthly existence. Salvation can be seen as more than mere forgiveness of sins. It also involves a life-transforming communion of divine love. A robust understanding of the Trinity fosters a more full and transformed Christian life.
Frank D. Macchia (D.Theol., University of Basel, Switzerland) is professor of theology at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California. He has served as president of the Society of Pentecostal Studies and is a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches. Frank is senior editor of Pneuma: The Journal for the Society of Pentecostal Studies and author of Baptized in the Spirit: A Global Pentecostal Theology; The Trinity, Practically Speaking(Biblica Publishing, 2010) and Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God (Eerdmans, 2010)
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- Prologue -- Concerning A Practical Necessity
- 1. Our Train To West Berlin: The Logic Of Faith
- 2. Preparations: Mapping The Trip
- 3. Station One: Only God Can Save
- 4. Station Two: The Son Saves
- 5. Station Three: The Holy Spirit Saves
- 6. End Station: God Is A Trinity
- 7. Touring The Area: The Trinity And Salvation
- 8. Postcards To The World: Trinitarian Practice