This week in chapel, Dr. Turner discussed Perichoretic reciprocity and the difference between Christian reciprocity and human reciprocity. He emphasized that as Christians, we are not called to be just a club of fans, but we are to take a different approach to love one another well. Dr. Turner also expressed the difference between the ontological Trinity, which acknowledges that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit exist as distinct yet united persons, and the social Trinity, which emphasizes that the Father, Son and Spirit function as one God in creation and redemption.

Dr. Turner stated, “the kind of investment that God has put into us by creating us in His image, renewing us in Christ, giving us the Holy Spirit, feeding us through the Word and the sacraments, enable us to mimic in a creaturely way how the infinite creator God, in His tri-unity relates to His persons.” As Christians, we must be one in Christ, as the Father, Christ and Holy Spirit are one. We are called by God to mimic His behavior, and in Christ, we are equipped to be just, loving, merciful and holy like our God.

For more from Dr. Turner, check out his blog. Listen to the full sermon below.


Dr. David Turner is a graduate of Cedarville University, Grace Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati. He and his wife Beverly also studied at Jerusalem University College in Israel. David is an ordained Baptist minister and has served as a pastor and an interim pastor at four churches. Before coming to Grand Rapids, he taught at Baptist Bible College of PA and Grace Theological Seminary. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Moody Theological Seminary of Michigan and Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and as a doctoral dissertation examiner at twelve schools.

He has published two commentaries on Mathew and a monograph on Jesus and the Jewish leaders in Matthew 23. He recently completed the manuscript for “Interpreting the Gospels and Acts,” which will be published by Kregel Publications in their Handbooks for New Testament Exegesis series.

David and Beverly Turner have been married for 46 years. They enjoy traveling together, especially to northern Michigan. David also enjoys many kinds of music and plays it badly on guitar, bass, ukulele and mandolin.