1 Corinthians 12:4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.
Like most Ohio District congregations, the Ohio District staff is choosing which new ministries to continue, discontinue or adapt. This week, I started to look at Holy Trinity Sunday in the same light.
There are Scripture passages that we will always use for the Trinity. The Gospel lesson from this week – John 3:1-16 – is one example. Matthew 28:16-20 and Genesis chapter 1 are also iconic passages for the Trinity.
However, sometimes it is best to adapt to the current ministry context. In sharing Jesus with Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses, I do not refer to these well-known Scripture passages. In my experience, members of these cults are well trained to debate these passages. Instead, I’ll share a passage they usually haven’t considered.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 is one such passage. The Trinity is revealed in each verse: God the Father (verse 6), God the Son (verse 5) and God the Holy Spirit (verse 4). Meanwhile, I see the Apostle Paul implying the Trinity as One God in the repeated use “the same.” The passage illustrates just how deeply the teaching the Trinity is embedded in Scripture.
In a similar way, I’m adapting this weekly letter. The letter started as a way to communicate about how to navigate the pandemic. As the states that make up the Ohio District remove COVID-19 mandates, I’m adapting. Going forward, I will share a brief devotional message based on Scripture each week. If there are immediate District needs or opportunities to address in the message, I will do so.
Another example of adaptation is the Ohio District combining a number of eLetters into one eLetter, called The District Connection. Published each Tuesday, the eLetter is designed so you can quickly scan for information that interests you, without having to spend on time on that which is not of interest.
May our Lord bless the changes we are going through as we emerge from the pandemic. Until next Tuesday, the Lord bless and guide.
(Most of these devotions are written for the congregations and church workers of the Ohio District – LCMS. For more information about the Ohio District, click here.)