Part 1 established the historical, creative link to the doctrine of the Trinity. Part 2 helped us go further with the spectacular interaction between the Father, Son & Holy Spirit. The last part is to bring this doctrine home where it was always supposed to be.
Our logo is attempting to capture the Trinitarian doctrine of Perichoresis or “The Dance of God”. For review, Millard Erickson gives this explanation,
“(Perichoresis) is the teaching that the life of each of the persons flows through each of the others, so each sustains each of the others and each has direct access to the consciousness of the others.”
Millard Erickson, Christian Theology. (2nd ed., p. 366)
This constant movement is best illustrated as a dance.
This Dance of God has always existed and will always exist. God in 3 persons was totally satisfied in Himself and did not need Creation to express His attributes. Yet He did create. Here is Jonathon Morrow’s insight on God creating us:
"The Scriptures hint at the reason. It seems that God’s purpose in creation was so that he could invite a community of his image bearers in Christ to participate in the eternal love relationship that the Trinity enjoys, thus displaying his glory (John 17:20-25; cf. Eph. 3:11)."
Jonathon Morrow, “Introducing Spiritual Formation”,
Foundations of Spiritual Formation, Paul Pettit, Editor;
(Grand Rapids, MI, Kregel: 2008) p.38
How amazing, humbling and thrilling it is that God invites you and I, "his image bearers in Christ to participate in the eternal love relationship that the Trinity enjoys”. In the above reference Morrow cites John 17:20-25. I believe this to be a defining passage in this idea that we are invited to dance with God and each other. This 17th chapter in John records the most intimate dialogue between the Father and the Son who both long to be together again but understand the Cross stands in the way. Below is the text of this passage from the New English Translation:
20 "I am not praying only on their behalf, but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their testimony, 21 that they will all be one, just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. I pray that they will be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me. 22 The glory you gave to me I have given to them, that they may be one just as we are one– 23 I in them and you in me– that they may be completely one, so that the world will know that you sent me, and you have loved them just as you have loved me. 24 "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they can see my glory that you gave me because you loved me before the creation of the world. 25 Righteous Father, even if the world does not know you, I know you, and these men know that you sent me.
Did you see the relationship the Son & Father have? The Son is in the Father, the Father in the Son, They are 1. Jesus and the Father have intimate knowledge about each other and their relationship. What Jesus is doing is establishing that we are now invited into the "Oneness” of God. We are invited to Dance with God: Father, Son & Holy Spirit. This is so important that one of the top ordinances God has given us, Baptism, allows us to publicly declare that we are in the Dance. When you willingly submit to obey the Lord in water baptism and then the Baptizer declares to everyone around, “I baptized you in the Name of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit”, you are in expressing your acceptance into the Dance with God (“the Name” – singular) and each Person (“Father, Son & Holy Spirit”-plural).
It is important that we now connect our vision with our new understanding of the logo. Here is our current vision:
Joining together with God to establish Christ-Followers and to enable them
to experience, in spirit and in truth, more and more of the Lord’s presence
in all aspects of life.
The end product of the vision is seen in the bold type, “to experience the Lord’s presence” which as seen in the explanation of our logo is an invitation to join God’s Dance. We not only accept but we are commissioned to invite others to start the dance. The dance can never be exhausted so we keep encouraging each other farther into the relational Divine Dance and marvel how it permeates every aspect of life.
This simple little logo represents the greatest open invitation we could ever receive, to enjoy the Dance of God, experiencing His presence.