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Deepening Faith: Trinity

Series against heresies at Harvest Riverside, Oct 2013

Fred Sanders

on 6 October 2013

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Transcript of Deepening Faith: Trinity

Week 1: Heresies About the Trinity
Fred Sanders

Dr. Robert South, ca. 1700:
Try to understand it
and you'll lose your mind.
Try to deny it
and you'll lose your soul!
A heresy is a theological error that
-denies or distorts a central doctrine,
-harms its adherents spiritually,
-& continues to be held even
after credible warnings.
The secret things belong
to the Lord our God...
but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
"Neither confusing the persons
nor dividing the being"
-Athanasian Creed
OT: Time of
NT: Time of
The Father
Sends the Son
and the Spirit
Messiah & Spirit
are coming!
Messiah & Spirit
already came!
3 Key Texts for the Trinity
John 1:1-3
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.

2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
What was already
true at Genesis 1:
Matt 28:18-20
One what?

Three whos?
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name
of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
2 Cor 13:14
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
and the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
( =the Father)
"Our fellowship is with
the Father and the Son"
-1 John
by & from & in & with
the Triune God!
Week 1: Heresies About the Trinity
Some Heresies to Avoid
*Tritheism: 3 Gods
*Modalism: 1 God doing 3 things
*Subordinationism: 1 real God,
a couple of lesser gods
Rare. But avoid giving the impression of it.
"Oneness Pentecostalism"
Jehovah's Witnesses
Mormonism, kind of.
Danger Zone: Illustrations of the Trinity
1. There's nothing like God or God's triunity
2. Most illustrations are a little bit helpful for
understanding the Trinity, but are perfect illustrations of sub-trinitarian heresies.
3. The main things are the plain things here:
God the Father saved us by sending the Son
and the Spirit.
The Trinity is not a distraction from the gospel,
but a super-condensed explanation of it.
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