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Relationship Goals - Part 1, Lessons from the Trinity
Miles McPherson - March 12, 2017

Message Recap

A glove is made in the image of a hand so that the hand can fit inside and have a relationship with the glove. Without the hand, the glove can’t do anything!

He designed us in such a way that He can live inside of us, have a relationship with us, and give us purpose.

The Bible says in Genesis 1:26 that God made us in His image. Why did He do that? Just as we have children to have a relationship with them, God wanted to have a relationship with us. He designed us in such a way that He can live inside of us, have a relationship with us, and give us purpose.

Relationship: How two or more objects or beings interact with one another.

How should our relationships be conducted?

Today begins a new series about relationships as we examine the relationship modeled by the Trinity. This relationship is the foundation for all relationships - with your boss, spouse, coworker, friend, family member, teacher, etc. By reading about the relationship of the Trinity, you can learn how they related to one another and how these principles apply to your life.

In your relationships, you need to have:

1. ...a common relationship goal to fulfill God’s purposes in your life.

In the act of Creation, in realizing the plan of salvation, and in everything they do, the members of the Trinity are united in their purpose. You are called to seek this same unity in your earthly relationships; both people need to be on the same page, supporting one another in fulfilling God’s purposes.

Are you committed to serving God’s purposes in your life and your relationships?

Think also about your relationship with yourself. Do you hate yourself? Or do you love yourself? You need to learn to trust that God loves you and that He has purposes in your life!

The devil enjoys planting lies in your mind to diminish your self-worth, but the truth is that God has made something special and valuable in you. Without understanding His love and purpose for you, you can never be fulfilled. 

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:33-34

2. ...a common relationship goal to honor one another.

The Father established a plan of salvation, the Son executed the plan by coming to die for our sin, and the Holy Spirit reminds us of the Word and points us to Jesus. Each member of the Trinity has a specific role and did not try to do the roles of the other members.

Pastor Miles shared that he attended a conference 30 years ago and selected a worship about evangelism. When we went to the workshop, he was the only attendee - no one else came! He had wonderful one-on-one time with the presented and the experience revealed to him that he is an evangelist. He’s not a counselor.

What is your role in the kingdom? If you don’t know, you can’t have a right relationship with yourself. You may seek fulfillment from other things - relationships, sin, promiscuity, wealth, etc. - but those things can’t satisfy you.

But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 1 Corinthians 12:20-25

You are part of the body of Christ, so it’s very important that you understand your role! Just as hammer effectively drives nails, but it can’t be used to drive a screw, if you are a hand, don’t frustrate yourself and others by trying to be a mouth! (If you need guidance in knowing your role in the body of Christ, the Rock’s Life Class is designed to help you discover it so that you can be effective for the kingdom!)

If you don’t have a right relationship with God, every relationship you have will be skewed. In a relationship with others, if someone doesn’t know your role in the kingdom of God, doesn’t respect your role, or tries to prevent you from fulfilling your role, you’ll definitely have problems!

3. ...a common relationship goal to glorify God, not self.

You can certainly lessen the stress and frustration in your life by understanding that this life is not all about you! The devil wants you to believe that it’s all about you - that it’s most important to pursue being good-looking, talented, educated, wealthy, and significant, but the truth is that there will always be people better looking, younger, smarter, more educated, etc.

The only thing God asks is that we be faithful with what we have by honoring and glorifying God with it. This is the only thing He’s going to measure.

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. :John 16:13-14

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should[a] give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. John 17:1-5

The members of the Trinity do not self-promote, but they glorify one another. In your relationships, are you committed to bringing glory to God?

Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 1 Corinthians 6:18

Are you focusing the use of your body to glorify and honor God and his desires or to honor yourself and pursue your own desires? Don’t fill your heart and body with garbage. You are not your own; you were bought with a price; Jesus paid for your salvation with his blood, therefore, glorify God with all that you are.

Don’t be a glove that doesn’t want to comply with the hand!  If you don’t know the Lord, start by establishing a relationship with Him. If you know Him but you need assistance discovering your purpose and living out your role in the kingdom, seek the free resource available to you by attending a Life Class!)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1. Identify one relationship and discuss with that person God’s plan for it.

2. Discuss one way you can glorify God better in how you relate to each other.

3. Identify one way you have served yourself versus the other person and ask forgiveness.

Relationship Goals

In this 7-part series, Pastor Miles shares biblical principles to create healthy relationships modeled after the Trinity. In Part 1, Pastor Miles examines the relationships in the Trinity as the foundation of how we are to conduct our relationships.

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