Q3 - How Many Persons are there in God? - Family Discipleship Tool

NEW CITY CATECHISM QUESTION
How many persons are there in God?

BEGIN WITH THIS ICEBREAKER QUESTION
What is something you are looking forward to? Why?

READ 2 CORINTHIANS 13:5-14
Some context (read aloud to your family) - This is written from Paul to the church at Corinth. After writing a whole bunch about what it means to follow Jesus, he is making plans to come and visit them. Paul is afraid that when he visits them, they’ll only be arguing and fighting. In these verses Paul is challenging the believers to live obedient lives for God’s glory.

Take a good look at yourselves to see if you are really believers. Test yourselves. Don’t you realize that Christ Jesus is in you? Unless, of course, you fail the test!  I hope you will discover that I haven’t failed the test.  I pray to God that you won’t do anything wrong. I don’t pray so that people will see that I have passed the test. Instead, I pray this so that you will do what is right, even if it seems I have failed. I can’t do anything to stop the truth. I can only work for the truth. 

I’m glad when I am weak but you are strong. I pray that there will be no more problems among you.  That’s why I write these things before I come to you. Then when I do come, I won’t have to be hard on you when I use my authority. The Lord gave me the authority to build you up. He didn’t give it to me to tear you down.

Finally, brothers and sisters, be joyful! Work to make things right with one another. Help one another and agree with one another. Live in peace. And the God who gives love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All God’s people here send their greetings.

May the grace shown by the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. May the love that God has given us be with you. And may the sharing of life brought about by the Holy Spirit be with you all.


TEACHING VIDEO
RESPONSE
Together you can fill out this diagram about the trinity. Make a list of all the things you can remember about each person in the Godhead (ie- Jesus died on the cross, The Holy Spirit dwells in believers, God the Father forgives us) and things that are true of all three (Powerful, loving, gracious, etc)

DISCUSSION
  1. How does knowing about the trinity help us love God?
  2. What is one thing about the trinity that is confusing? (Reassure your family that it’s okay to not understand everything about the trinity! It is something that believers have always wrestled with. This is one way that God is especially unique and different than us. Having questions about God doesn’t make us less of a Christian!)

PRAY
Thank God for the ways that he has revealed himself to us. Thank each part of the Trinity for how they are present in our lives. Ask God for help to know him more.

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