Ancient Teaching

Trinitarian Gifts is a recapturing of the ancient tradition handed down by the Apostle Paul, revealing and reflecting God’s gracious love towards his bride and the world.

Trinitarian Gifts

Grace gifts bestowed upon the church by the Triune God as an act of loving-kindness restoring the church to health, equipping her for ministry, and catalyzing her for mission.

Body Gifts

Grace gifts entrusted to the body of Christ by God the Father in order to restore her to health through their faithful use in relational, humble, selfless service.

Equipping Gifts

The gifted person is the grace gift given to the church by Jesus Christ in order to equip her for ministry (service), restoring her to health and catalyzing her for mission.

Spiritual Gifts

Grace gifts given to the body of Christ according to the sovereign will of the Holy Spirit which announce the present and future kingdom and strengthen the church.
Trinitarian Gifts Includes
Trinitarian Gifts Book

Foundational Book

Trinitarian Gifts: Restoring the Church to Health, Equipping the Church for Ministry, and Catalyzing the Church for Mission is the foundational theological work on which all our resources are built.
Trinitarian Gifts Teaching Resources

Teaching Resources

Once you have purchased the book, you may request to unlock the Trinitarian Gifts teaching resources: extensive teaching notes, corresponding teaching slides, and a congregational workbook.
Trinitarian Gifts Video Resources

Video Resources

Once you have purchased the book, you may request to unlock five high quality video resources which will give you and your congregation a succinct overview of all the Trinitarian Gifts.
Answers to Common Questions
Below are answers to some of the most common questions asked regarding Trinitarian Gifts. This is not intended to be exhaustive by any means. If you have additional questions that you’d like to ask the author, please take a moment to submit our contact form. Under normal circumstances, you should here back within 24 hours; however, always make room for the abnormal…
Is this a charismatic theology?

The Greek word “charis” simply means “grace.” The word “charismata” is the plural form of this word which is usually translated something akin to “works of grace” or “grace gifts” or “good and gracious gifts.” Because Trinitarian Gifts are bestowed upon the church as a sovereign act of God’s gracious love, they would indeed be “charismatic” gifts (grace gifts). Though this does answer the question, this may not be satisfying for those who are attempting to place Trinitarian Gifts in a particular theological camp. Therefore, I will expand on this answer by stating that Trinitarian Gifts advocates for the continuationist position (as opposed to the cessationist position) in view of what the scripture teaches in 1 Cor. 1:7-8; 13:8-10. However, we have deep and abiding respect for our cessationist brothers and sisters and desire to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Eph. 4:3).

What is unique about Trinitarian Gifts?

The Trinitarian framework is what makes Trinitarian Gifts unique. It brings these “grace gifts” to life. Over the years, I’ve found that the church is quite confused about the nature of the gifts found in Romans 12, Ephesians 4, and 1 Corinthians 12-14. Though these gifts were given to bring about unity and health within the church, they have been the source of great division and disharmony. It brought me to ask the question, “Why is there so much misunderstanding, confusion, even disgust towards these gifts?” There is certainly no simple answer to that question. Some have received incomplete or inaccurate teaching, some simply haven’t been taught, some hold to a theological tradition that is divisive and errant, others have been wounded by their experience (or lack of experience) with the gifts, ad infinitum. However, I’ve found that the best place to start to correct such issues is the God-breathed scripture. THAT is where Trinitarian Gifts begins and ends, diving into the depths of God’s word to mine the riches of the Spirit’s revelation to mankind. Together, we’ll discover anew, the ancient tradition of “grace gifts” distributed by the Father, Son, and Spirit as handed down by the Apostle Paul: Trinitarian Gifts.

Do apostles and prophets exist today?

The short answer is “yes.” Some would argue that these gifted individuals were “foundational” gifts due to Eph. 2:19-22, Eph. 3:5, and 2 Peter 3:2. And indeed there is this sense in scripture. In Luke 11:45-52, Jesus foretells the giving of a particular group of “apostles and prophets” who would be persecuted, even killed. However, also note that this grouping is distinguished from the Old Testament prophets. In other words, having distinguishable groups called by the same name was acceptable to Jesus (and to Paul). 1 Cor. 12:28 acknowledges a priority in the giving of gifts to the church of which the first two were “apostles” and “prophets,” the Ephesian church was indeed founded upon the apostles and prophets, and the Holy Spirit did indeed reveal the mystery of the gospel (formerly a “secret”) to the apostles and prophets. However, in Eph. 4:11-16, Paul writes that Christ gave apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers to the church. If apostles and prophets ceased to exist in the 1st century, would not also evangelists, pastors, and teachers have ceased to exist? After all, according to the scripture, they serve exactly the same purpose within the church. Also, you must ask the question, “Has the church any further need to be equipped for ministry after the 1st century?” Well, of course! Globally, the body is being continually equipped by gifted men and women. Or, “Has the church actually reached maturity, having attained to the measure of Christ’s full stature?” I think not! We are a woefully immature, yet maturing, church. Also, take a brief look at Rev. 18, the destruction of Babylon. During this eschatalogical event, apostles and prophets are actually mentioned as those being avenged! Finally, there are apostles (Acts 14:4; Rom. 16:7; 1 Cor. 4:1-13, 9:1-6; 2 Cor. 8:23; Gal. 1:19; 1 Cor. 15:5-7) and prophets (Luke 2:25-40; Acts 11:28, 13:9-12, 15:32, 21:8-9, 21:10-12) that don’t seem to be part of those identified as “foundational.”

What about the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

Trinitarian Gifts does not touch on the baptism of the Holy Spirit directly. However, it could be indirectly approached when we walk through 1 Cor. 12-14, teaching through Paul’s instruction regarding tongues and the interpretation of tongues. My theological conviction is that the baptism of the Holy Spirit takes place when a person is justified in and through Christ and may or may not be accompanied by a tongue. The Holy Spirit can sovereignly distribute the Spiritual Gift of speaking in tongues whenever it wills; however, scripture indicates that a person should earnestly desire this ability (along with the other spiritual gifts, especially prophecy). Because I desire to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace, I can strive to be sensitive to the particular theological tradition of a congregation in this regard without compromising my own conviction. In other words, I do think it is possible to firmly hold a differing theological conviction while valuing others’ theological conviction simultaneously as this fosters meaningful dialogue and a humble, learning attitude that strengthens the church.

What about tongues and prophecy?

Tongues and prophecy, in particular segments of the church, seem to be approached in a manner that is counter to their purpose: strengthening the church. These gifts have been particularly misunderstood and misapplied. Therefore, the controversy surrounding these gifts has fostered a windstorm of division within the church. That’s why the Apostle Paul devoted an entire chapter to their proper use and purpose, correcting many of the errors that still plague the church today. As we journey together through Trinitarian Gifts, we’ll discover that the Corinthian church was especially corrupt, confused, and divided. However, they did not lack any Spiritual Gift (1 Cor. 1:5-7). Paul’s solution was not to cease using these gifts, but to correct their misuse, instructing them (with patience – at least, most of the time) on their proper use and purpose. And that is what is at the heart of Trinitarian Gifts: a deep desire to see the church embrace all the grace gifts imparted by our Triune God in such a manner that the church is restored to health, equipped for ministry, and catalyzed for mission.

What is the author's background?

I’ve been married to the same amazing woman for more than 28 years, have two adult sons, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson who I deeply love. In addition, I’ve been a church planting pastor among missional movements in Texas, Oregon, and Colorado over a 26 year timespan. I have a Masters of Pastoral Studies with an emphasis in Church Planting, a Masters of Divinity equivalence with an emphasis in Trinitarian Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry in Missional Leadership. I am currently a Faculty Mentor for Redemption Seminary and was a web consultant for Fidelis International Seminary. My deepest desire is to see the church live into her kingdom destiny as the church is restored to health, equipped for ministry, and catalyzed for mission.