Reflections: 3D Church – Upward, Inter & Outward

Tripod Definition

A 3-legged stand for supporting and hosting the weight of another object (God’s glory) and maintaining stability against horizontal and lateral forces (the pressures of this world).

The tripod is an example of Jesus’ 3D approach to life.


Luke 6:12-18

If our lives are to be built on a strong foundation, we need the 3D basis to life that Jesus modeled.

1) Upward-relationship with God.

2) Inter-relationships with other believers.

3) Outward-relationships with those who don’t yet know God.

His 3D Approach

1) Relationship with Father – v:12

Amid the din and clamour of so many voices, he came aside to be with His Father and listened to His voice, first and foremost.

‘Jesus went up on a mountain to pray and He prayed to God all night’.

If you pray all night, you must be really serious about the thing you are praying for.

What was Jesus praying about?

‘Who to call aside to be his close followers’.

He sought God and listened for the answer.

2) His inter-relationships were important to Him v:13-16

He invested His time and energies into the 12 he chose. He taught them to worship. They went with him to synagogue and witnessed his public and private devotion to His Father.

Jesus told them that “The most important command is this…. “love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength”. Mark 12:29

He taught them how to pray. He demonstrated love, healing, dealing with rejection and much more.

He taught them to love one another, as He loved them, reminding them that “by this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”. John 13:35.

3) Outward v17

‘He came down from the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus…surrounded by many of his followers and by the crowds…and he healed them all’.

Take one leg away from the tripod and it falls.

When we actively love God, one another, our friends, family, colleagues, neighbours and enemies the world will beat a path to our door!

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