The All-Embracing Gospel

This story is the good news (evangelion).  In worship we signify it (leiturgia); in evangelism we proclaim it (kerygma); in fellowship we experience it (koinonia); in our ministry to each other and in our service to others we live it (diaconia).  It is the very heartbeat of who we are.

—Robin Parry, Worshiping Trinity: Coming Back to the Heart of Worship, 20

A Worshiping Community and Family

The church is not simply a club of like-minded people who meet until they are strong enough to go it alone. Nor is it about being part of a social club of like-minded individuals. Being a Christian is all about being part of God’s community. The church is the family of God sharing one Father, the body and bride of Christ and temple of the Holy Spirit.

—Robin Parry, Worshiping Trinity: Coming Back to the Heart of Worship, 53

Thinking in a Trinitarian Way

The idea of a Trinity Sunday [June 16 this year] is not a bad idea, so long as it is not seen as an excuse for only “doing the Trinity’ once a year. It is good to have a regular Trinitarian adrenalin rush in our churches. After all, preaching about the Trinity is simply saying to the Lord’s people, ‘Behold your God!’ and declaring the wonders of the Lord of creation and salvation. . . . Sermons and talks, whether on topics or specific biblical texts, need to seek to bring out the roles of the different persons of the Trinity. They need to make explicit the dynamic connections between the persons of the Trinity and move back and forth between the Three and the One. This can be done in an evangelistic sermon as well as in a talk on ecology, the cross, caring for our neighbour, walking worthy of the Lord, Christian hope or whatever. My contention is that regular exposure to such an overt Trinitarian syntax will shape Christians who learn to think in a Trinitarian way, relate to God in a Trinitarian way and read Scripture in a Trinitarian way.

Robin Parry, Worshiping Trinity, 168-9

Another Comforter 3

Although worship is our response to love, it is actually better thought of as the Spirit’s gift to us of a response to God or, in Matt Redman’s words, ‘a gifted response’.  We can only respond to God in praise because the Holy Spirit causes love for God to arise in our hearts (Rom. 5:5), enabling us to cry ‘Abba, Father!’ (Gal. 4:6).  Without the Spirit we could not even sincerely say, ‘Jesus is Lord’ (I Cor. 12:3).  And, as we have seen, even that is not the full story, because the response the Spirit enables us to make to the Father is actually simply a sharing in Christ’s own response to the Father.  The Spirit, in other words, is the one who baptizes us into Christ (I Cor. 12:13) and enables us to share with Christ in His worship of the Father.

—Robin Parry, Worshiping Trinity, 97

Theology for Life

Although very few Christians are called to be academic theologians, all Christians are called to think theologically. My conviction is that theology is relevant to Christian living. Theology that does not have some cash value for a life of obedient worship is, at best, of secondary interest.

—Robin Parry, Worshiping Trinity, 8

Worship and Prayer: in Christ, through the Spirit

Christian worship is nothing more, nor less, than the Spirit enabling us to join in with Christ’s worship of the Father. Christian prayer is nothing more, nor less, than the Spirit enabling us to join in with Christ’s prayer to the Father.

—Robin Parry, Worshiping Trinity: Coming Back to the Heart of Worship, 16