comThe Trinity is difficult for many to grasp. This 3-lesson series is meant to open one’s eyes to the uniqueness of each aspect of the Triune God. While God is revealed in different ways and with different characteristics in each part of the Trinity, it is one God we recognize.
An option to helping students understand this is to talk to them about H2O…water!
H2O appears in 3 different forms. Each has its own unique characteristics and uses, and yet all are H2O. One thing in 3 forms:
- Liquid (Water in its wet and fluid state. Used to quench thirst, feed plants, wash things etc.)
- Solid (Water frozen to an ice state. Used to cool things, such as a drink or to keep food fresh)
- Steam (Water at the gas phased; created when water boils. Used to power engines…like in a locomotive)
In the same way, God appears in the same way…God the Father/Creator, God the Son (Jesus), God the Holy Spirit. Each with unique characteristics, uses, and appearances.
Open in Prayer & Light The Candle:
Open session in prayer. Please ask and encourage a student to do this. They will balk, but practice is important.
Light a Candle and place it in the middle of your group.
Note to the students that the candle is a reminder that the light of Jesus is in your midst.
Let’s Get to Know Each Other:
Go around the circle and have each person (adults included) share the following:
- Their full name (first, middle, last)
- One word that best describes them, using the first letter of their middle name as the first letter or the word they use to describe themselves.
Who is God?
Pose this question to the group, and then together discuss how you would answer:
Pretend for a moment that you have been visited by a person from another planet. In the course of discussing what it is like to live on Earth, they ask about God. How would you describe God to this person from another planet who has no idea about who or what God is?
Diving into The Bible:
Below are passages of Scripture that share the attributes of God…answering the question, “Who is God?”
Work through this as a group in a conversation, pairs or use it to create a hand out leaving the blanks for the students to fill in. Each scripture provides an answer to the prompt God is ____________.
- Psalm 90:2 and Psalm 103:17 (eternal)
- Psalm 135: 5-6 (omnipotent…all powerful)
- Psalm 139: 7-12 (omnipresent…present everywhere at the same time)
- Hebrews 4:13 (omniscient…knows everything)
- Psalm 104: 24-28 (creator and sustainer)
- Genesis 1: 26-27 & John 3:16 (personal and relational)
- 1 John 4:16 (love)
- Romans 9:14-16 (just)
- 1 John 1:9 (forgiving)
- Psalm 100:5 (Good)
- Psalm 99:5 (Holy)
If you have broken the group up into smaller groups, after about 15 minutes come back together and share the answers.
Thinking to the passages about, ask each person in the circle to share a time when they experienced God is one of the ways that is described above (from the passages).
Close in prayer.