Trinity and The Great Commission

Trinity / Three / The Great Commission / Teach / Talk / Tell His Story

The Gospel (MT 28:16-20):

The eleven disciples went to Galilee,
to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
Then Jesus approached and said to them,
“All power 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,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

Trinity / Three
Today is called Trinity Sunday.  Ask the kids if they know what the Trinity is and see if they can explain it.  The concept of God being Father (God in Heaven above us), Holy Spirit (God with each of us), and Jesus (God as one of us) is tough to understand.  My favorite story which I think clarifies how the Trinity works is the three blind men feeling an elephant.  I might draw a picture of an elephant to illustrate.

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One blind man said an elephant was like a snake, as he held the trunk.
The second thought an elephant was like a tree, as he hugged a leg.
The last said an elephant was like a wall, as he put both hands  on its side.

Which is the right description?  God is like this – bigger than we can easily understand – and sometimes we experience him in one of the three persons of the Trinity.

The Great Commission
One of the most important things Jesus told us is in this gospel is

“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.

Does this mean we are to walk around splashing water on everyone?  Maybe bring a bucket and toss water on random people we meet?

“I baptize you….and you…..and you!”

Do you think that is what Jesus meant for us to do? (let kids answer)

What do you think he meant for us to do? Well he says it pretty clearly in the next line:

Teach them to observe all that I have commanded you.

But to teach, we first have to learn – that’s why you come to church on Sundays. That’s why we read and learn the gospel and bible stories.

Who likes to have stories read to them?  You know what?  Even I like to have someone read to me.  Or better yet – I love it when someone tells me a story about their experience.

Our stories connect us. And when we learn the stories well, it is less like a teacher in a classroom and more like speaking with a friend Telling us a story!

If there are any brother/sister pairs or kids who are obviously close friends, you might ask “Do you have any good stories you experienced together?” or else “Do you have any good stories about you and a friend?”

After the story, ask, “Don’t those stories make you feel closer to your friend?”

That is what Jesus is speaking of when he says go and make disciples of the nations.

He wants us to meet people in our day to day lives and share His  story. Share how God has impacted your life. Share the stories from the bible. And become friends with these people. And as you do so, you will create new stories together.

When you have this relationship, it is no longer like throwing a random bucket of water on a person in the street and saying “You’re baptized!”. Instead it will be like friends having a water war, laughing, and playing, and creating stories together. Doesn’t that seem like a great way to share the Gospel?

Sharing our experiences and knowledge of Christ in this loving way is exactly what God, the Three-in-One, the Trinity wants us to do as we teach and talk about him to others in our lives.  And as we do so, Jesus will be with us

“And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”