03 Oct Servant Teams: Reflection by Nicole Verrett
The Lahash Servant Teams program is in full swing! Interns are serving at local ministries in Portland, helping out in various departments at the Lahash office, and diving deep into the theology that forms the foundation of all that they do. The following post is a reflection by Servant Team member Nicole Verrett, sharing how the study of Trinitarian Theology is impacting her so far.
As I read Ministry In The Image of God by Stephen Seamands, new insights about the Trinity have been popping up consistently. Scripture has also always helped me to better understand the Trinity. I am glad that we were able to go over a few verses such as Matthew 3:15-17, where we were able to see Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It’s incredible even knowing that one cannot be without each other either. Especially when Mandee went over the questions of, “Who was God before creation? What if God wasn’t a relational (love) God?”
Before diving deeper into what I’ve learned about Trinitarian theology, I have to go back to my original thoughts of the Trinity. Growing up, I was told and taught a bit about Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I was taught their roles within the Christian faith. And I learned a bit more as I entered university. When it came to conversations about the Trinity, it became a little hard to explain to those who are not of the same faith, but my tendency was mostly talking about Jesus, since he was the most relatable image of a good, faithful man on the earth. When it came to explaining the Holy Spirit or the Father, even saying it aloud was tough. “The Father sent His Son, to save the world of their sins to have a relationship with us, and when we believe in Him, we are filled with the Holy Spirit to reach out to others to show God’s love.” A little trickier to explain further, but that’s how I would approach it. Maybe I wasn’t diving deep enough to truly understand the roles of the Trinity, as well as ways of explaining it.
On that note, I’m so glad we are diving deeper into understanding the Trinity because understanding Trinitarian theology to its core “shapes our heart so we might share in the life of God as well as being able to share it to the world.” (Seamands) While reading the Ministry in the Image of God, Seamands focuses on the “life” of ministry rather than the works. Especially diving into who we are in Christ that can also be applied within our works.
The Trinity is relational. God is relational. And He wants us to be relational within the church, with our families, in small groups, in our inner souls. He desires relationship with us and with the world. Seamands says, “There is no place for disconnected lone rangers in ministry. God is a communion of inseparably related persons, for us to exist as persons in ministry we must be in communion, in-relationship-to.”
The Trinity is joyful intimacy. Raniero Cantalamessa states, “This is the most beautiful moment of any creature’s life; to know that one is loved, personally by God, to feel oneself lifted to the bosom of the Trinity and to find oneself in the flood of love that flows between the Father and Son, enfolded in their love, sharing their passionate love for the world.” For me personally, this quote summed up a solid idea of a joyful intimate relationship with the Trinity. To embrace a life of joy knowing that we are forever loved by God.
I am realizing through this study that if we do not know nor understand the Trinity, we are unable to appreciate the richness or depth of the Christian understanding of God, nor can we communicate it effectively to others. Seeing the Trinity in these new ways is shaping my perspective on all the ministry opportunities I have with Servant Teams, as well as other relationships in my life!
by Nicole Verrett
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