Watermark’s Belief Statement – The Trinity
We believe that there is one God, that the Father and the Son and the Spirit are each God, and that the Father and the Son and the Spirit are each a distinct person (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 13:14; see also 1 Corinthians 8:6, Colossians 2:9, Acts 5:3-4).
What is the Trinity?
- The Trinity is the answer of “what” and “who” is God: What? God. Who? Father, Son, and Spirit.
- Three words that help explain the Trinity: Unity, Equality, & Distinction.
- Unity – there is only one God (monotheism).
- Equality – they are each God (they are equal in rank).
- Distinction – They are three distinct persons (though equal in rank, each has a different role).
What the Trinity is not:
- He is not three Gods (polytheism – there are multiple God’s).
- He is not a hierarchical organizational chart (subordinationism – one of the persons are lesser than the other).
- He is not one God playing three different roles (modalism – God operates in different modes).
- Why does this matter? The world was created with diversity and unity, and without the Trinity, there is no salvation.
What do we do because of the Trinity?
- Seek God through spiritual disciplines (reading is illuminated when you know the author).
- Pursue relationships (love requires someone to give itself to).
- Pursue unity (relationships are not found but forged).
- Use your life to serve (giving up your rights to serve others is at the heart of the universe).
- Marvel at God (God will never disappoint; you don’t want a God you perfectly understand).
The Trinity is a word used to describe God. If we misunderstand The Trinity, we end up inaccurately describing God, and we risk making Him in our image. The Trinity has implications for how we pursue relationships and seek out God.