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Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
August 6th, 2015 by Joel Watts

#QOTD, A Faith Community as expression of God’s Trinity

Trinity (comic book)

Trinity (comic book) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is in relationship to imago Dei. I’m not convinced that total or even a heavily leaning individualism, either in secular or sectarianism, is beneficial to human flourishing.

The image of God does not lie in the individual life per se but in the relationality of persons in community. The relational life of God who is triune comes to representation in the communal fellowship of the participants in the new humanity – Grenz, The Social God and the Relational Self, 305

One of the fundamental revelations the Trinity gives us is the aspect of God in/as community. Oneness/modalism misses this aspect and in a way, this deficit leads them to seeing themselves as unique in such a way as to divide rather than unite. One of the things we lack in teaching the Trinity is the foundation for the necessity of community.

If God is community, and we are the Body of Christ, then we must be communal by our spiritual nature.

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


3 Responses to “#QOTD, A Faith Community as expression of God’s Trinity”
  1. “extra ecclesiam nulla salus?”,

    • Know More Than I Should says

      A more relevant question may be whether the Christian church can save itself from itself.

  2. Know More Than I Should says

    Yet, God in the collective sounds so Marxian!

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