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Bookmark and ShareLesson 1 – January 7The Triune God

Scripture Focus

Deuteronomy 6:4; Philippians 2:6; Matthew 28:19; Genesis 1:26, 27; John 14-16; Jude 1:20, 21


Knowledge of the Trinity is important because it helps us see all the aspects of God.

Materials Needed

Three cords/ropes of equal length; a pitcher of water; three clear, empty glasses

Connecting with the Scripture Topic

  1. Distribute the cords to three different people and ask them to combine the cords into one braid. Discuss how the braided cords can represent the Trinity. God is three-in-one.
  2. Imagine that the pitcher of water represents God. Now pour equal amounts of water into each of the three glasses. Discuss how this can help us comprehend the three-in-one Trinity.

Sharing and Receiving Scripture

  1. If the Trinity consists of three, what characteristics and roles does each member have?
  2. Thought Questions

Read Exodus 3:13-15 and 1 Corinthians 8:4. According to these texts, is there one God or three?

  1. There are three individual Gods, but they act as one in thought and purpose.
  2. There is one God who takes on three different functions, depending on the need.
  3. There has only been one God since the beginning of time, and that will be true for all time.
  4. There is one God in heaven’s understanding, but earth needs to see them as three.
  5. It’s a divine mystery; no human can completely explain it.
  6. Other…

Read Philippians 2:6. Why is Jesus’ deity so vital to our salvation?

  1. Without it, Jesus’ birth wouldn’t have been a miracle.
  2. Without it, Jesus’ life here on earth wouldn’t have shown us what the Father is like.
  3. It’s not vital if we believe Jesus lived only to show us the right way to live.
  4. Without it, Jesus’ death on the cross can’t redeem us from the eternal death we deserve.
  5. Without it, Jesus’ promise to return could not happen.
  6. Other…

Read Genesis 1:2 and Matthew 28:19. The Holy Spirit has been around since the beginning of time and is a part of the Trinity. What is your favorite role for the Spirit?

  1. The Spirit was a part of Jesus’ incarnation (Luke 1:35).
  2. The Spirit was breathed on the new disciples by Jesus (John 20:22).
  3. The Spirit drove out demons through Jesus (Matthew 12:28).
  4. The Spirit anointed Jesus to preach (Luke 4:18).
  5. The Spirit continued Jesus’ work after Jesus ascended to heaven (John 14:16, 17).
  6. Other…

Read John 14. How does this one chapter include all members of the Trinity?

  1. “My Father’s house has many rooms.”
  2. “If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.”
  3. “Believe me when I say I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”
  4. “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you.”
  5. “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you.”
  6. Other…

Applying the Message of Scripture

Gather in groups of two or three. Choose one of the following options and work on a solution. Then report back to your group when your facilitator says time is up.

  • Option 1: Why do we need a Trinity? Couldn’t one God fulfill all the needs of the universe? Discuss these questions with your group.
  • Option 2: Some people don’t believe that Jesus was God. Discuss in your group what you would say to these people. What evidence do you have for your belief?
  • Option 3: In a group of three, have each member take the name of one of the Godhead (God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit) and discuss what role each has in heaven and how uniquely each ministers to humans on earth.

Valuing Scripture in Your Life

  1. As Christians, our focus seems to go mostly toward Jesus and then to the Father. But what about the Holy Spirit? The Bible says that the Spirit’s role is to be an advocate, a comforter, and one who convicts us of sin. Ask God to send you the Holy Spirit and become aware of the Spirit’s leading in your life.
  2. Say or write a prayer that includes each member of the Trinity. Thank and praise each one for the unique ways they minister to you.

Next Week’s Scripture Focus

Matthew 19:4; Job 38:4-7; Deuteronomy 32:10, 11; Psalm 19; John 1:1-13; Romans 5:12; Isaiah 66:22

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