What do you
need to know about me to enjoy my blog and Christian material? I am
"Poppo" to my fourteen grandchildren, "Freder" to my
wife of 40+ years and family of 4 children and their 4 spouses (I consider them
all our children!), and Jim Fredericks by birth. I want to make a difference in
blogging with two aims. Primarily, my heart's desire is to
come alongside to train, equip and release the "80%" in
the Christian church who may be under-utilized in their Christian life. I believe a fresh view of our relational Trinity and the incarnation of Jesus makes a huge difference in our engagement. God is
stirring you to more ("magus") with our God on His epic
adventure. Secondarily, what I blog and the material I provide free of
charge will also give leaders nuggets they can add to their own and
I run into
many authentic believers in Jesus Christ who have disqualified themselves. The
Father, Son and Spirit say we are competent to partner with Him in His
epic adventure to win the lost and disciple all people groups. Our playing
"small" helps no one. I want to be a catalyst for LifeChange and for
us to be Jesus' hands and feet and heart out in the world where the Father is
actively working. The desire for change must come from within you, although
others, like me can come alongside as flesh-&-blood catalysts for the
transformation our Team-of-Three long to bring about.
comfortable in the work world, Christian world and academic world. My 40+
year career has weaved in and out between the secular and sacred (although I
make no distinction!) as a manager and accountant in the business world, and as
a pastor, missionary and adjunct prof as a Christian professional. My heart is
particularly stirred for those in the work world. Recently I heard pastor
Jay Pathok say: "You have heard the saying, '20% of the people do
80% of the work in the church,' usually just before a passionate request for
workers. I got to thinking. It's right that 20% of the people do 80% of the
work within the church because the other 80% should be sent to their natural
relationships in the work-place, bringing the light and presence of
Jesus." Much of what I have written is with this end in mind, be a
catalyst for the 80% to realize the joy and satisfaction in their call "to
be sent into the world without being the same as the world."
What is your
God-given assignment? I invite you to explore this website and download
any of the free resources you find helpful. I desire is to make a difference.
Let me know how I can help. If you are looking for more, perhaps you would like to visit by website at JimFredericks.com
The Trinity describes God as one in essence or nature, although
existing as three separate, yet completely equal persons. The Father, the Son
and the Holy Spirit are each unique persons. All partake of the same infinite,
eternal, uncreated God-nature. They are therefore co-equal in every way.
The Trinity discloses the fullness of life in eternal
relationships and never-ending community. Three, inseparable, indivisible,
essential concepts from Scripture form our understanding of God as Trinity, equality, unity and diversity. All three are non-negotiable:
1. Equality – all
three Persons are equally and eternally divine in essence, glory, power and
attributes, yet not excluding a difference in order or roles.
2. Diversity - God exists eternally as three distinct Persons in intimate, cooperative relationship with each other within this unity.
3. Unity - there
is one and only one true and unique God, complete in every way. He is Community
in His united essence. His “Us-ness” is Diversity-within-Unity-&-Equality.
Counterfeits rear their ugly heads by jettisoning one or two
of the three essential aspects. After all, the Trinity does scandalize our
rational minds while ravishing our worshiping hearts. The trick is to hold
these three truths simultaneously, like pushing on the peddles of a bicycle,
although this vehicle has three pedals.
Of course, we don’t have equality
with God…and never will. It’s silly to think that the created and the
Creator could possibly be equal.
However, we do have equality
with one another within the human race because the Father, Son and Spirit
have equality with one another. And
we have compatibility with God
because we are made in His image and bear His image, the basis for the
solidarity of humanity.
Although we never become little gods, something in God is so
compatible with humanity that Jesus Christ in His incarnation could become
fully man without ceasing to be fully God. So, as we practice practice a Both/And/And approach and strive to
bring all three non-negotiables of equality,
unity, and diversity into our
everyday relationships on our human level, we will experience deeper, more long
lasting and satisfying relationships.
This Both/And/And approach
flows from the Trinity. The Trinity, Father, Son and Spirit are pictured most
prominently in Scripture with three pictures…all true simultaneously. Marriage (Jesus is Groom and we are His
Bride). Family (God is Father and we
are His children). Kingdom (God is
King and we are His servant/warriors).
emphasizes personal intimacy with God, His availability and connectedness. The family underscores our deepening maturity
as we are nurtured in community to grow and to be trained together for the
Family business. The kingdom thrusts
us out into the world on our quest with our Team-of-Three to battle for the
hearts of the lost world of people.
When we collapse the unique emphasis of either into one or
two pictures, however, we lose some of the mystery of the Trinity and His power
to transform us. Oh, we may teach all aspects through our one, favorite
picture. However, we still diminish what God wants to release through the
dynamic intersection of all three.
Embracing all three simultaneously keeps the proper tension
of our three-fold life in focus, upward (marriage reflecting intimacy), inward (family raising and releasing children) and outward (kingdom redeeming and restoring the lost
I have a website at
JimFredericks.com where I’m blogging and providing resources to walk out the
relational Trinitarian, incarnational worldview flowing from God’s Genesis 1
and 2 design.