SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL RCCG SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

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LESSON THREE (03)
SUBJECT: TRINITY DOCTRINE

SUNDAY SCHOOL ANTHEM
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s Day,
O how I love you,
I’m happy, it makes me happy
Rejoice in Your birth.

2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s Day,
Your friendship suits me well,
Young and will sing your song,
We long for Sunday school.

3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s Day,
Christ was your first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Manifest in you.

4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s Day,
This testimony is sure,
May God, the Almighty Father,
Poured out his blessings on me

5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s Day,
Although the sun is so bright,
Or if the clouds are black with rain,
I will be in Sunday school.

6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s Day,
I’m glad to see you,
Will you pass me today?
Without me being blessed?

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OPENING PRAYER: Father, unveil to me the mystery of the Trinity.

MEMORY VERSE: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” 1John 5:7.

BIBLICAL PASSAGE: MATTHEW 3: 16-17.
16. And Jesus, when he was baptized, immediately came out of the water. And behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him.

17. And behold a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I have been pleased.

INTRODUCTION: The doctrine of the Trinity is the basis of the Christian faith. It is the revelation of who our Almighty God is. God is an infinite Being, existing eternally in three co-equal and infinitely distinct Persons also called the Godhead: God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit. The origin of the doctrine of the Trinity is the Bible, although the word Trinity is not used in the Bible. The word “Trinity” was coined by one of the early Church Fathers, as “Tertullian”. This doctrine is called ‘Trinitarianism’ and its adherents are called ‘Trinitarians.’ The purpose of this study is to clarify the concept of the Trinity by providing the biblical basis for it with additional clarifications.

TEXT REVIEW:
Insightful proof of the existence and workings of the Trinity can be found in the text above. He reports that the Trinity in Council was present at the baptism of Jesus.
A. Jesus: After coming out of the water from baptism v16a i. ………………………………………….v16b.
B. Holy Spirit: Jesus saw…………………v16c.
C. God the Father: And a voice from heaven ……………………..v17b.

BROAD OUTLINES:
1. BIBLICAL BASIS
2. EXPLANATION

1. BIBLICAL BASIS
A. The Old Testament provides an overview of the Trinity. For instance:
I. the Hebrew word for God – “Elohim” – is a plural form of the word “El”: therefore, in Genesis 1:26, God says (plural) “Let us make man in our image”.

ii. When God created the heavens and the earth, Jesus was the instrument of God’s creation (Jn.1:1-3; Col.1:15-16), along with the Holy Spirit who hovered over the waters (Gen.1:2).

iii. Gen.11:7, “Come, come down…” also provides us with proof of the oneness of God.

iv. The Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament, also called the Law or the Pentateuch) alluded to the idea of ​​God existing in three persons and predicted his coming in the flesh (Gen.49:10) for to be born in Bethlehem ( Mic.5:2). He is not only the Son of God (Isa.9:6) but a Messiah who would be God in the flesh (Zach.2:10-11).

B. From the beginning of the church in the New Testament, Christians understood the mystery of the Trinity. For instance:
I. John the beloved knew that the Son was the Creator (Jn.1:1-3), the “I Am” of the Old Testament (Jn.8:58; Ex.3:14), the same with the Father (Jn.10:30; 14:9), and the Judge of all the earth (Jn.5:22), who is to be worshiped as only God is authorized to be (Matt.14:33).

ii. Moreover, the early Christians knew that the Holy Spirit was a separate Person (Jn.14:26) who intercedes for us with God (Rom.8:26-27), proving that He is a separate Person from God. the father.

iii. Early believers knew that the Father and the Son had sent the third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit—“another Comforter”—to live in our hearts (John 14:16-17, 26; 16:7).

C. The New Testament writers mention the three Persons of the Trinity together many times. For instance:
I. At the Baptism of Jesus-Matthew 3:13-17 (Baptized Son, Spirit descending like a dove, and the voice of the Father).

ii. Unto salvation-1Peter 1:2 (chosen by the Father, sanctified by the Spirit, sprinkled with the blood of Jesus).

iii. To Sanctification-2Corinthians 13:14 (grace of the Lord Jesus, love of God, fellowship of the Holy Spirit).

iv. At the baptism of Christians – Matthew 28:19 (baptized in one name, but in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

v. For a witness-1John 5:7-For there are three that bear witness in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and these three are one.

The Old Testament provides an overview of the Trinity. For example, the Hebrew word for God – “Elohim” – is a plural form of the word “El”: therefore, in Genesis 1:26, God says (plural) “Let us make man in our image”. When God created the heavens and the earth, Jesus was the instrument of God’s creation (Jn.1:1-3; Col.1:15-16), along with the Holy Spirit who hovered over the waters (Gen.1:2). Gen.11:7, “Come, come down…” also provides us with proof of the oneness of God. .

The Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament, also called the Law or the Pentateuch) alluded to the idea of ​​God existing in three persons and predicted his coming in the flesh (Gen.49:10) for to be born in Bethlehem ( Mic.5:2). He is not only the Son of God (Isa.9:6) but a Messiah who would be God in the flesh (Zach.2:10-11).

From the beginning of the Church in the New Testament, Christians understood the mystery of the Trinity. For example, John the Beloved knew that the Son was the Creator (Jn.1:1-3), the “I Am” of the Old Testament (Jn.8:58; Ex.3:14), the same with the Father (Jn.10:30; 14:9), and the Judge of all the earth (Jn.5:22), who is to be worshiped as only God is authorized to be (Matt.14:33) .

Moreover, the early Christians knew that the Holy Spirit was a separate Person (Jn.14:26) who intercedes for us with God (Rom.8:26-27), proving that He is a separate Person from God. the father. Early believers knew that the Father and the Son had sent the third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit—“another Comforter”—to live in our hearts (John 14:16-17, 26; 16:7).

The New Testament writers mention the three Persons of the Trinity together many times. For instance:
1. At the baptism of Jesus-Matthew 3:13-17 (voice of the Father, baptized Son, Spirit descending like a dove).

2. Unto salvation-1Peter 1:2 (chosen by the Father, sanctified by the Spirit, sprinkled with the blood of Jesus).

3. To Sanctification-2Corinthians 13:14 (grace of the Lord Jesus, love of God, fellowship of the Holy Spirit).

4. At the baptism of Christians – Matthew 28:19 (baptized in one name, but in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

5. For a witness-1John 5:7- For there are three that bear witness in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and these three are one.

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Why do you believe in the Trinity?

2. EXPLANATION
A. As Christians:
I. We don’t believe in three gods, which is a heresy called “tritheism.”

ii. We do not believe that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three “forms” of God – like steam, water and ice. This is the heresy called ‘modalism’. The egg is made up of three parts: the yellowish part, the whitish part and the shell. Despite this, the egg is not three but one.

B. The doctrine of the Trinity holds that:
I. God is ‘One Being’ but ‘three Persons’. The “three persons” define who God is (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) while the “one Being” defines what God is (Infinite, Omnipresent, Omniscient, etc.).

ii. God has “one nature”, but “three centers of consciousness”. This means that the Father is God (Gal.1:1), the Son is God (Jn.20:28) and the Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-4). They are not three gods but one God (Deut.6:4).

C. The Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Spirit, the Spirit is not the Father, but each is God individually and yet they are together: co-equal, co-eternal, having precisely the same nature and the same attributes (Almighty, immutable, infinitely powerful, wise, just, holy, etc.) and worthy of precisely the same worship, the same confidence and the same obedience.

As Christians, we do not believe in three gods, which is a heresy called “tritheism.” We do not believe that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three “forms” of God – like steam, water and ice. This is the heresy called ‘modalism’. The egg is made up of three parts: the yellowish part, the whitish part and the shell. Despite this, the egg is not three but one.

The doctrine of the Trinity holds that God is ‘one Being’ but ‘three Persons’. The “three persons” define who God is (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) while the “one Being” defines what God is (Infinite, Omnipresent, Omniscient, etc.). God has “one nature”, but “three centers of consciousness”. This means that the Father is God (Gal.1:1), the Son is God (Jn.20:28) and the Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-4).

They are not three gods but one God (Deut.6:4). The Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Spirit, the Spirit is not the Father, but each is God individually and yet they are together: co-equal, co-eternal, having precisely the same nature and the same attributes (Almighty, immutable, infinitely powerful, wise, just, holy, etc.) and worthy of precisely the same worship, the same trust and the same obedience.

CLASS ACTIVITY 2: What is your view of the Trinity?

SUMMARY: The doctrine of the Trinity is a valid mystery throughout the ages and holds that they are not three gods but one God with three consciousnesses.

CONCLUSION: The doctrine of the “Trinity” is Christianity’s most unique, defining, and awe-inspiring mystery.

QUESTIONS:
* What are the biblical bases of the trinity?
* Explain the concept of the trinity

ASSESSMENT: Teachers should have students list the coexistence and activities of the Trinity in the New Testament.

CLOSING PRAYER: Father, let me enjoy the presence of the Trinity each day.

ASSIGNMENT: List five (5) heretical beliefs/doctrines you have heard about the Trinity.

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