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1 CORRESPONDING LEVEL WEB #s Defenders: Detectives: Developers: THE TRINITY MATERIALS NEEDED Bible; Teacher Preparation Guide (optional supplements: K4T songbook and PowerPoint files of lyrics) SUGGESTED ORIGINAL KIDS 4 TRUTH SONG One in Three SUGGESTED HYMNS Come, Thou Almighty King, Holy, Holy, Holy OTHER SONG SUGGESTIONS Older kids: Angels from the Realms of Glory, Be Thou Exalted, Father, I Adore Thee Younger kids: He is King, I Love the Father T H E B A S I C S PRIMARY TRUTH God the Holy Spirit is fully God. PRIMARY SCRIPTURE PASSAGES 2 Corinthians 3:17; Acts 5:3-4 WHAT THIS DOCTRINE REVEALS ABOUT GOD In the Holy Spirit, God has revealed Himself to humankind as a constant Comforter and Teacher Whom we should heed, follow, love, and obey. KNOWLEDGE OBJECTIVES By God s grace... The child will learn that God the Holy Spirit is wholly and equally God. The child will learn that the Holy Spirit is definitely a Person, not a force or a feeling. The child will learn a few important roles that the Holy Spirit fulfills. ATTITUDE OBJECTIVES By God s grace... If the child is a believer, he will strive to acknowledge the Spirit s presence and significance in his own daily life. The child will gain a deeper understanding of what it is to live his life before the face of God. The child will rejoice in the help and nearness of the Holy Spirit and will submit himself to Him more and more. P R A Y E R 1

2 T E A C H I N G P H A S E I N T R O (about minutes) OPENER* / BONUS Q&A Q. Does the Bible clearly teach that the Holy Spirit is God? A. Yes. The Bible clearly teaches that the Holy Spirit is wholly God. 2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. The Holy Spirit is God, and God is not just some impersonal force. Some Christians talk about the Holy Spirit as though He were a good luck charm or a genie in a magic lamp. They seem to speak about His power like people on the STAR WARS movies say, May the Force be with you. Sometimes Christians think of the Holy Spirit as a sort of hazy spirit-cloud hovering around God the Father and God the Son like decoration. These are not biblical ways of thinking about the third Person of the Godhead! The Holy Spirit is a full Member of the Trinity, and as such, He is equally and wholly God. If you struggle with thinking rightly about Who God has revealed Himself to be in His Word, mark it down now and study it out in the Bible for yourself: The God of the Bible is NOT some mystical cloud of strength and warm-fuzzy feelings, and the Holy Spirit was not sent to us to be viewed or treated that way. Being wholly God, and a Member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit has a mind, will, and emotions. The Bible clearly teaches that the Holy Spirit is a Person. Like any person (more so, because He is not just any person He s God!), the Holy Spirit has... INTELLIGENCE 1 Corinthians 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. EMOTION Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. WILL 1 Corinthians 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. *NOTE: In the intro, we want to recap the primary truth and set the stage to use the primary truth to point the learners back to God. I N S T R U C T I O N & R E I N F O R C E M E N T (about minutes) COMMENTARY In Matthew 28:19, God commands that we should make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In this verse, we see the Holy Spirit included on a level equal with the Father and the Son. Someone might say: Well, this doesn t prove that the Holy Spirit is God at all. Doesn t it? Think again: It must mean something. How different it would be if the Bible said: Go ye...baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and Mary (or the apostle Paul, or the angel Gabriel, or Methuselah)! No way is this inclusion meaningless. 2

3 BIBLE DRILL (#1) / DISCUSSION Perhaps the best passages in the whole Bible that demonstrate the deity of the Holy Spirit are found in Acts. Let s look up one of them and see what it reveals about the Person of the Holy Spirit: Acts 5:3-4 In verse 3, Peter says that Ananias has lied to someone to whom has Ananias lied in verse 3? In verse 4, Peter goes on to clarify further to Whom Ananias has lied. To Whom does verse 4 say Ananias lied? How does the conversation in this story back up the teaching that the Holy Spirit is fully God? BIBLE DRILL (#2) Remember, we can learn much about the character and nature of God simply by studying the names and titles given to Him. Look up the following verses, and write the different names that the Holy Spirit has: Ephesians 4:30 1 John 4:6 Revelation 2:7 1 Peter 1:11 John 14:26 DISCUSSION / ILLUSTRATION The Trinity is characterized by both unity ( oneness ) and diversity ( three-ness ). Name some ways that the following things from our world might be said to show both unity and diversity: 1. Families 2. The human body 3. Bees in a hive ILLUSTRATION / DISCUSSION Even the English language might provide some insight into a better understanding of the Trinity! [Does anyone know what a pronoun is? Can you use a pronoun in a sentence for us?] Now, let s imagine a person named Bill, and how we might refer to Bill using English pronouns. If Bill were talking about himself, he would probably use the word I. If Bill s sister were talking to him face-to-face, she might use the word you. If two people were talking about Bill when he wasn t around, they might use the word he or him. I, you, and he are all Bill; so we understand the pronoun I is Bill, the pronoun you is Bill, and the pronoun he is Bill. BUT we can also agree that the pronoun I is certainly not the same word as you. In this illustration, there is unity in the sense that all the pronouns refer to Bill; and in a way, they all are Bill. There is diversity in a sense, because each word used for Bill is different from the other words used for him, and each of them plays a unique role in communicating information about Bill. How might the pronouns you, I, and he help explain the Trinity? BONUS Q&A Q. Should I pray to one Person of the Trinity over another? A. When you pray you should understand that you are speaking to the one true God, Who is the Trinity, but recognize that each Person of the Trinity plays a different role making your prayer possible. 3

4 BIBLE DRILL (#3) To find out the specific role the Holy Spirit plays in your prayers, look up this verse. Romans 8:26 BONUS Q&A Q. How are each of the Persons of the Trinity involved in prayer? A. The Son makes it possible to approach the Father with our requests (John 14:6). The Spirit intercedes (prays) for us with groans that words cannot express (Romans 8:26), and the Father accomplishes His will through our prayers (Matthew 6:9). ILLUSTRATION Coram Deo The Puritans were a group of people who lived very serious, devout, holy lives before God. Many times, instead of saying goodbye to each other with a regular goodbye, they would look each other in the eye and say, Coram Deo. Do you know what that means? It is a Latin phrase that means this in English: Before the face of God. Why would the Puritans say this phrase to one another? They wanted to remind each other that they were living each moment of their lives in the constant presence and sight of God. God is always with us because He has made Himself present with us in the Person of the Holy Spirit. We simply cannot escape the Holy Spirit, nor should we ever want to! DISCUSSION What might be true about someone who wanted to get away from the presence of the Holy Spirit? Psalm 139 talks about how the Holy Spirit is everywhere we could ever go. The psalmist even lists places (the heavens, the grave) which would be extremely difficult for him even to reach on his own, but his point is that no matter how high he ascends, or how hard or low he falls, the Holy Spirit is there. That means for better or for worse. If you re running from God, you cannot escape Him. If you re running toward God, you cannot possibly miss Him. He s everywhere. This truth causes fear for those who are sinning and brings comfort for those who are hurting. ( ) (Here would be a great place to insert what you learned from your Teacher Truth Study.) GETTING BACK TO GOD* {Recap WHAT THIS DOCTRINE REVEALS ABOUT GOD: In the Holy Spirit, God has revealed Himself to humankind as a constant Comforter and Teacher Whom we should heed, follow, love, and obey.} God has not left us alone! He has provided a close-by Companion for us in the Person of the Holy Spirit. God, in the Person of the Holy Spirit, is with us in this room right now! The Holy Spirit is constantly convincing people of the truth. The Holy Spirit is constantly convicting people of their sins. The Holy Spirit is constantly comforting believers assuring them that they truly are children of God! Without the Holy Spirit, nobody would ever come to God and be saved in the first place! Left to themselves, people wouldn t be able to recognize their sinful condition or how to escape it. And nobody would be able to enjoy the assurance that they could spend eternity with God after death. We need the Holy Spirit, don t we? Praise God that He has provided us with Himself in the Person of the Holy Spirit. *NOTE: Teachers, please remember that this section should include the fruit of your Teacher Truth Study and one or two personal illustrations or anecdotes from the Personalize It! activity in the Teacher Preparation Phase. 4

5 A P P L I C A T I O N & A S S E S S M E N T INTERNALIZE IT! from Teacher Preparation Phase (about 5-10 minutes) You might begin this section with: Boys and girls, as I ve been preparing for this TruthTime Lesson, here s what God has been showing me... You might continue by saying: Because of what God is teaching me, here s what is going to be different in my life during this next week... You might conclude with something like this: Finally, here s what God has taught me about Himself through these truths... DISCUSSION TIME QUESTIONS How would you go about trying to prove to someone that the Holy Spirit is a Person? Could anyone ever come to God if it were not for the work of the Holy Spirit? Why, or why not? Has the Holy Spirit ever convicted you of sin? How did He do that? Has the Holy Spirit ever given you perfect peace that you are a child of God? How did He do that? A P P E N D I C E S O R I F T I M E (optional) NONE SUGGESTED AT THIS TIME 5

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