Oh the Humanity!

Herbert Morrison didn’t know the people in the blimp. But he did know that something was way wrong. As LZ 129 Hindenburg tried to dock at the Naval Air Station Lakehurst in New Jersey, it burst into flames and incinerated with 97 people on board. The fire killed 36. It was May 6, 1937.

As Morrison, a radio announcer, watched in horror he blurted the famous line “Oh the humanity!” Morrison could do nothing about the disaster but watch and report and he could hardly compose himself as he watched strangers burn to their death in a giant bag of fire.

Now I don’t think Morrison meant to go deep with his exclamation – I think he was just freaking out. But it is clear Morrison was shocked by the horror of watching precious human life perish. Of the tragedy to the humans (the ‘humanity’) in the blimp. If you have watched death up close you know it is an experience that you can’t clean off with a few nights rest.

Why?

Because we are all intrinsically valuable. The life of a human being holds the highest value. Our value is given, not earned. God grants us transcendent value as His children made in His divine image. We are born with the imprint of our Creator and with a heart and a soul. C.S. Lewis said we don’t hang out with mortals, but rather eternal beings destined for a never-ending life. No one is a spare.

The worth of human life should motivate us to love. The seemingly unlovable person in your life is clearly lovable by God Himself and is certainly worthy of our love – especially when it’s difficult. Love that costs something means something. If we will set our default mode (as best we can do that) to realizing the worth of each person then maybe, just maybe, we can give others a taste of the love of Jesus.

The weight of the collective sin on Jesus’ shoulders was incomprehensible. And the victory He achieved is unfathomable. To save countless souls with eternal worth must have created a glorious celebration in the heaven the likes of which we have not experienced. But we will.

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God is Not a Loner – The Trinity

God is not a loner. Before creating the world – and us – He was not sitting bored on top of a mountain slump-shouldered as His long legs hung over the side like a giant in a kid’s chair. God has always existed in perfect harmony and yes, in perfect community with Himself.

That sounds like an oxymoron: a community with oneself. Ordinarily it is (unless you are schizophrenic). But God has always been one God in three persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. One God, three persons. Not three Gods, but three persons. Not three manifestations, three persons. Still scratching your head? That’s okay. But we cannot dismiss the Trinitarian nature of God any more than we can dismiss Him.

The Trinity is a mystery, so rest assured in that. Our pea brains are too small to grasp the concept with complete clarity, but we know exactly what God wants us to know. He made it clear in Scripture:

“Let us make man…” (Genesis 1:26)

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)

“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…” (Matthew 28:19 ESV)

There are hordes of verses throughout Scripture affirming the Trinity, though the word ‘trinity’ is not used. Trinity is simply a word used to connote three – the three persons of the Godhead. (The reason it is now capitalized as a proper noun is because we are referring to God when we use this term. Capitalization shows reverence and respect in this way.)

Why does it matter that God was not a loner? Because it means that God did not lack anything. Creation was not an act of solving a problem or making God happy again – He was perfectly in community with Himself in the Trinity. He needed nothing. Out of the abundance of His heart, God spoke us into being. We are objects of creative love.

At The Door Church, one of the pillars of our mission to see lives restored by the Gospel for God’s glory is that we are community-driven. God created us to be in community with one another. I have heard it said that we are saved personally, but not privately. So as you think about the Trinity, give yourself some grace that it is a hard topic to grasp – but a crucial one to the Christian faith. And let the love of the Trinity guide you into a deeper relationship with God and those He graciously put to your left and your right.

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We Are All Theologians

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
― A.W. Tozer

 

When you pray and you notice a response, you are studying the nature of God and learning about the nature of prayer. When you read Scripture, God is directly speaking through His Word and you are certainly learning about the nature of God. Even a blade of grass on your lawn testifies to the greatness of God (Romans 1).

Tozer is absolutely right when he says that what we think about God is the most important thing about us. What we believe directs our desires and our desires direct our behaviors. Luke 6:45 tells us:  “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (The ‘good person’ is made good first because of the work of Jesus, thus we understand that Jesus’ work on the cross produces a saved group of people with new hearts – now capable of doing good from the abundance of their faithful hearts. It starts with belief in Christ, which is a gift.)

Theology can be academic and send you into the weeds, though. So be careful. Any study of theology that does not make you desire and love God more is not helpful. The key is that we come to our knowledge of God humbly and with awe, seeking to learn more about an impossibly loving and perfect Savior. If we come as academics, we’ll fill our heads full of data and our hearts will remain dry. If we ignore theology altogether and decide it’s for other people, we’ll have no rudder for truth and wind up who knows where.

This past Sunday we started a sermon series called, Dogma, where Scott will walk us through fundamental truths about God. As we sit in the pews and listen, may we worship with our heads and our hearts.

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Publishing Peace – Launch of The Door Church Blog

At TDC, we believe that words matter. A lot. Your words, my words, God’s words. Romans 10:17 says that our salvation comes by hearing – words. The Bible is a book of words.

The mission of TDC is to see lives restored by the Gospel for God’s glory. Because the written word is powerful and meets some people in a unique way, we have launched this blog to further the mission. Isaiah 52:7 offers some encouraging words for this endeavor:

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.'”

The mission of the blog is to further the mission of restoring lives with the Gospel for God’s glory – and the goal of the blog (the mini-mission, if you will) is to publish peace by illuminating the excellency of Jesus. The good news of the Gospel – of what Jesus has already accomplished on the cross – brings happiness and salvation. We’ll proclaim this truth however we can.

The blog will be weekly and will generally be on topics associated with the sermon series. If you have particular questions or issues that you would like for us to explore on the blog, feel free to email me at brad@thedoorchurch.net.

Lastly, would you please pray for us? Any endeavor that is not of God’s hand is sure to fail, but where He moves He cannot be stopped. It is our heartfelt desire that the blog would encourage your heart and mind in the Gospel – and that this encouragement in the truth would bring you full joy in the glory of God.

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