3-in-1 Ministry

God is 3-in-1

  1. Father
  2. Son
  3. Spirit

That is, 3 persons yet 1 God.

The fancy word for that is tri-unity, where tri = 3 and unity = 1 (or more technically, we say God is a Trinity). It’s a mystery in many ways, yet is nevertheless affirmed as true. Consider passages such as:

  1. “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” (1 Cor. 12:4-6). Here Paul is preparing the church to understand they are many members yet 1 body. He does this by looking first at God, who has 3 members, yet 1 God. His body reflects this in our unity and diversity.
  2. Father-Son-Spirit fill the church: “the church, which is his body, the fullness of him [Christ] who fills everything in every way” “be filled to…all the fullness of God” “be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 1:22-23; 3:19; 5:18). Father-Son-Spirit dwell inside the believer: “you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” “that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith” (Eph. 2:22; 3:17). Notice in the small, early letter of Ephesians how effortlessly Paul speaks of the 3-in-1 nature of God.

Many more could be added (see Jesus & God).

Consider also in nature how the equilateral triangle is the strongest architectural shape to build upon. I believe God is speaking something in this. He, as a 3-in-1 (Triune) God is the sturdiest foundation.

As such, we see that major stages and foundations of Christianity are similarly defined in 3-in-1 ways.

The Gospel

God reconciled sinners to himself via:

  1. Living a righteous life in the flesh.
  2. Dying for our sins.
  3. Resurrecting.

See 1 Cor. 15:1-4.

Share the Gospel

In 1 Thes. 1:5, Paul says that the gospel came via 3 means:

  1. Our words
  2. The Spirit’s convicting power
  3. Our transformed life

Receive the Gospel

We are called to receive this gospel via 3 immediate actions:

  1. Repent
  2. Believe
  3. Be baptized

See Acts 2:38; 16:31


After receiving this gospel, we see a devotion to 3 things grew the church unto maturity:

  1. God’s Word / Teaching of God’s Word
  2. Fellowship (especially shared meals)
  3. Prayer

See Acts 2:42.


And as we seek to be a disciple who makes disciples, we are given 3 charges by the Lord:

  1. Know his Word
  2. Obey his Word
  3. Share/Teach his Word

See Ezra 7:10; Matt. 28:18-19.

Be the Church

Then, as we seek to grow corporately, we see the church called to 3 main duties:

  1. Love God
  2. Love each other
  3. Multiply / Make new disciples

See Matt. 22:37-40; Matt. 28:18-19; Acts 2:47; 9:31

We need God

  1. God the Father – to seek and pray his sovereign will (Matt. 6:9-10; Acts 4:24-30)
  2. God the Son – as an example; being covered in His righteousness (1 Cor. 1:30; 1 John 2:6)
  3. God the Spirit – His indwelling life and fruits; His power (1 Cor. 12-14; Gal. 3:5; 5:22-25)

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