We believe that 2 out of the 3 great “God events” have already occurred in history. (And we are really looking forward to the 3rd!)
- God created the world and everything in it (come and gone).
- Christ came to restore two types of broken relationships. God to man and man to man (this is all inclusive ladies, so don’t think you’re off the hook).
- Christ will return for all who love Him (you are being invited to a huge eternal party in heaven).
Have you ever heard of the word trinity? We have too – it’s another one of our beliefs. The odd thing is this particular word doesn’t even exist in the Bible. So why do Christians use it all the time? It’s a word we use to describe God, because the Bible clearly illustrates a triune God (basically 3 things in 1). Take the writings on the baptism of Jesus for example (Matthew 3:16-17; don’t take our word for it, look it up!).
In that narrative you’ll discover Jesus (the Son), God (the Father), and the Holy Spirit. Three entities (for lack of a better term) – but one awesome God. It’s a hard concept to understand. In fact, we find ourselves thankful that God is impossible to fully comprehend. Imagine if He were small enough to be neatly organized inside our box of knowledge…would a diminutive God even have a chance of retaining our attention?
While we are still on the topic of the Trinity, it’s important to understand that at Living Stone we feel the modern illustration of the triune God is a little incomplete. Here is an example of what we mean by incomplete:
Many believers need an object lesson, so they use the element H20 to illustrate the trinity. It comes as a liquid (water), a solid (ice), or a gas (steam) – but at the end of the day it’s still H20. Thus you have 3 forms of 1 consistent element (just like the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).
This illustration and concept of the trinity is a good one – but at the same time – it inadvertently fuels the popular belief among Christians which divides the work of God between 3 persons. For instance most people give the Father credit for the creation, the Son gets credit for our redemption/salvation, and the Holy Spirit is what regenerates or restores us after conversion. While these statements are certainly true – they are also incomplete. God cannot divide Himself so that one Person works while the other Two sit and watch or remain inactive. The Bible teaches that all 3 work in unison; then, now, and forever as ONE God.