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Always begin with Scripture when teaching the Trinity to children and youth. Then lead into this fun interactive object lesson to help students better understand the teaching of the Trinity in the Bible.
You have probably seen other object lessons using an apple, water, etc. Any object lesson is going to fall short in completely explaining this difficult concept. I hope this interactive demonstration with clay will help in understanding. It's worked well for me when teaching the trinity to children.
The word, Trinity, actually is not found in the Bible, yet the concept of God existing as one God, but in three persons is revealed throughout the Bible. He is Three in perfect unity.
Nothing can quite capture the complete concept of the Trinity
(One God - the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit), we must accept by faith that God is One and yet exists as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Begin by asking if anyone has ever heard the word "Trinity" and do they have any idea of what it means. Explain that the word itself is not in the Bible, but the concept is taught throughout Scripture.
Depending on the age, either read the following together or have children look these up and read them out loud.
The Father: Malachi 2:10 - "Have we not all one Father? Did not one God create us?"
The Son: John 1:1-4 - "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made."
The Spirit: Genesis 1:2 - "the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters."
All Three as One: Genesis 1:26 - "Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness,"
"One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.”
"pray to your Father, who is unseen"(Matt. 6:6).
Jesus,the Son, goes on to say in John 14:13, 14:14, 15:16, 16:23, 16:24, and 16:26 that we should ask in His name.
Romans 8:26 says: "We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us..."
Jesus leaves us with this command: Matthew 28:19 - "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,"
Throughout God's Word He shows that He exists as the one, true God, but also as three identities.
I usually demonstrate this object lesson myself when teaching the Trinity to children before I allow them to have clay in their own hands and become distracted.
Hands On! Now pinch off three pieces for each child and have them try to explain it back to you! Have them place there created ball somewhere it can remind them about the truth of the lesson and think about God!
© Copyright 2018 Susan Smart
The following diagram is also helpful when teaching the trinity to children or any age. It is one triangle but has three individual angles. Each angle is exactly the same and yet uniquely separate, but all are always the triangle. The triangle would not be a triangle without all three. God is three in One.
The diagram points out that although The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit are God and God is all three, The Father is not The Son, The Son is not the Holy Spirit, and The Holy Spirit is not the Father.
We also have more object lessons for teaching the Trinity to children.
For more in depth information and Bible verses about the Trinity take a look at GotQuestions.Com.
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