Clint Eastwood, the Trinity, and Life Groups

In the movie Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood’s character likes to torment his priest by asking him questions that are incredibly difficult to answer. One question he asks is about the Trinity:

“Is it just one God, Father, or three? Is it sort of like Snap, Crackle and Pop all rolled into one big box?” To which the priest replies, “You’re standing outside my church, comparing God to Rice Krispies?”

The Trinity can be a challenging concept to understand, and its meaning is multi-faceted. But one part of that meaning gives us a good understanding as to why we as a church family are committed to finding ways to go deeper into community.

In the Trinity we see that God exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Spirit. Some ancient church art has depicted the Trinity as three figures with interlocked hands, dancing in a circle!

Why? Because the nature of God is relational.

Scripture tells us that humankind bears the image of God. Not that we physically look like God. (No one knows what God looks like.) Rather, we share some of God’s nature and characteristics.

This means that you and I “image God” as relational beings. We are built to find meaning through connection with others. It’s hard-wired into us!

This truth is one of the reasons we believe Life Groups are so important. They provide for us a place and a space to find the connections God has created us to have, an opportunity to share and experience Life with others.

Two concluding thoughts:

  • If you are already involved in a Life Group (small group, Bible study, covenant circle, or other spiritual growth opportunity), I encourage you to see that group as a reflection of God’s own self, and to think about how your group can embody relational community.
  • If you are not involved in a Life Group, I invite you to prayerfully consider joining one. Why? Beacuse we were made to connect with others! True Life is found as we love and relate to others, in Christ! (Contact me to talk about joining a group!)

On the adventure of faith, together,

Pastor Paul