The Inheritance of God: Series Overview

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SERIES OVERVIEW

This series begins with the observance of Trinity Sunday, one of the most widely debated yet central doctrinal understandings of the Christian faith. To understand the Trinity is to understand God’s presence with us and our lives with one another. The Trinity is often referred to as the mystery (Matt. 11:27) of the faith that requires or presupposes Divine revelation. There is much to comprehend about the statement “God in three persons,” but as Christians and believers in the Triune God, here is what we do know:

  • God came to earth as the fulfillment of God’s prophetic Word.
  • God came to earth through the womb of a virgin woman, Mary.
  • God came to us in the flesh through God’s only Son, the historic Jesus.
  • God created and sustained intimate relationships with humankind.
  • God came to earth to suffer and die for all who believe.
  • God kept God’s promise, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” by sending the manifest presence of God’s Spirit (Matt 28:18).
  • God is alive!

For all these reasons, 50 days after God raised Jesus from the dead, God sent the Promise, the Comforter, the Paraclete, The Holy Spirit . . . and the Dance begins: God-in-Three, Three-in-One! God-in-us, revealed in us as Creator, Liberator, Mediator.

In Western Christian tradition, Trinity Sunday is observed on only one Sunday out of the liturgical year that is said to be symbolic of the unity of the Trinity.

One of the best ways to begin to grasp the essence of the mystery of God is through the text of the Nicene Creed (public domain) established at the First Council of Nicaea in 325. This Affirmation of Faith stands as the only creed that claims ecumenical authority. It is embraced by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and major Protestant churches.

We believe in one God,

     the Father, the Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth,

     of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

     the only Son of God,

     eternally begotten of the Father,

     God from God, Light from Light,

     true God from true God,

     begotten, not made,

     of one Being with the Father.

     Through Him all things were made.

     For us and for our salvation

          He came down from heaven:

     by the power of the Holy Spirit

          He became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.

     For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

     He suffered death and was buried.

     On the third day He rose again

          in accordance with the Scriptures;

     He ascended into heaven

          and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

     He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

          and His kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

     who proceeds from the Father. [1]

     With the Father and the Son He is worshiped and glorified.

     He has spoken through the Prophets.

     We believe in one holy catholic (meaning “universal”) and apostolic Church.

     We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

     We look for the resurrection of the dead,

          and the life of the world to come. AMEN.


[1] Roman Catholics and Protestants add ‘and the Son’ at this point. The version with “I” instead of “we” is equally valid, making it a personal confession of faith.

Week 1: Trinity Sunday, June 16 - The Inheritance of Wisdom

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31

Week 2: 2nd Sunday after Pentecost, June 23 - The Inheritance of Attentiveness

1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a

Week 3: 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, June 30 - The Inheritance of Power[ment]

2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14

Week 4: 4th Sunday After Pentecost, July 07 - The Inheritance of Trust

Acts 2:1-21

*All scripture quotations are NRSV.