Sunday, June 11, 2017

Trinity Sunday vs the Great Commission

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday and the reading is from Matthew 28:16-20. While we hear Jesus announcing the Holy Trinity, this is more about spreading the good news of that Trinity.
"Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’"
This passage should be committed to heart as it provides a scriptural basis for the doctrine of the Trinity, and it contains our marching orders to make disciples. to baptize, to teach obedience. and to remember Jesus as a continuing, living presence.

I am curious as to how much emphasis today's preachers placed on the Trinity vs the Great Commission.

Many might shy away from the Great Commission because of the difficulties and perils involved in carrying out Jesus' final instruction. For one thing, our own house is not in order. If we could get baptized Christians of today to agree on how we obey Jesus' commands, then maybe we could go out to the nations more effectively.

We Anglicans are a royal mess led by Welby the Weak who can't seem to spread the Gospel when he meets persons who do not share the Faith. He needs to study this passage the next time he speaks to the Muslims of his nation.

I confess that I need to do better in my own encounters with unbelievers.

Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever!


  1. The phrase from the Athanasian Creed to measure Trinity Sunday sermons by is "...Coeternal and Coequal." Frankly, the creed which is included in ACNA doctrine should be read aloud by the congregation at least every Trinity Sunday.

  2. Pewster,
    Maybe I've asked this question before. Based on the time your articles are posted, "When do you sleep?"

  3. I schedule the posts to go live after I am asleep that way I won't have worry about comments from the trolls that otherwise keep me up.