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THREE IN ONE 

Scripture: Genesis 1:26; Psalm 139:2–16; Isaiah 43:10; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9–11; John 1:1-3

Memory verse: 2 Corinthians 13:14
"May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all."

Lead—In

Since the concept of this study is hard to understand, give the students a concrete example to make the idea of three-in-one clearer. For this example you will need an egg.

Explain that you are holding one egg but it has three parts. Break it and show the yoke, egg white and the shell. Three parts but it is one egg. This is how it is with God—He is three Persons, yet one God.

Hearing God’s Word

Ask: “How many false gods do people worship?” (Allow discussion.)

In some countries people worship fish gods, moon gods, travel gods, rice gods, and many others. No one knows how many false gods there might be. Gods of all kinds, sizes, and shapes are worshiped.

Only One True God

The Bible calls these gods idols. They are not really gods at all. There is only one true God. Although people try very hard to please their idols, their effort is useless. The God in heaven is the only true, living God. All other gods are man-made. Some false gods are made of wood, some are chiselled out of rock, and some are made of grass. Sometimes a god may not even be a statue, but just an idea some person has imagined.

Ask: “How do we know these gods are not the true God?” (Allow responses.)

Anything man can make with his own hands or imagine with his own mind is not the true God. God must be greater than the people who serve Him or He is not powerful enough to be God. (Have a student read Isaiah 45:18.) Our God alone created the heavens and the earth and all who live on the earth. The one true God we serve is definitely a great God!

Characteristics of God

Basically, we are familiar with four characteristics of God that make Him great. First, He is eternal or everlasting. That is, He has always been God. There has never been a time when God was not present. (Have a student read Isaiah 43:10.) There was never another god before Him and there will not every be one after Him. Our God is everlasting. He always has been and He always will be.

Another reason God is great is because He is all-knowing. (Read Psalm 139:3, 4, 15, 16.) There is nothing God cannot understand or know. He knows all about the world and universe because He made them. He knows all about us because He created us. He knew us before we were even born. He knows all our thoughts, and He knows the choices we will make before we even make them.

A third characteristic of God is that He is everywhere present. He knows what is happening in all places at all times. He is not limited by the physical boundaries that separate humans from each other. That is why we can pray for missionaries and other people far away from us and still be confident that God can hear us and answer our prayers. There is nothing that can be hidden from God. He sees all we do. (Have a student read Hebrews 4:13.)

Finally God is great because He is all-powerful. There is nothing impossible for God to do. Everything is under His control. Most important, God has power over Satan. We do not need to be afraid when we place our trust in Almighty God.

God in Three Persons

But when we talk about God, we are really talking about one God in three Persons. This three-in-one Person is called the Trinity. The Trinity is one God, existing in three Persons. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each of these three Persons has the same characteristics of God that we have just discussed.

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are all the same one true God. The Bible tells us this, and we know the Bible is true.

The Bible explains that Jesus is God and was with God the Father before the beginning of time. (Ask a student to read John 1:1, 2. Explain that “Word” means “Jesus.”) Does this mean there are two Gods? What did Jesus say in John 10:30? (Let a student read this verse.)

God the Father sent God the Son to be our Saviour. He was born as a baby on this earth. He was God and Man at the same time. We call God the Son “Jesus” which means “Saviour.” We also refer to God the Son as “Christ” which means “anointed one.” It was God the Son who died on the cross to be our Saviour. Now He is in heaven praying for us and preparing a place for us. (Read Romans 8:34.)

God the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. Shortly before Jesus was crucified, He told His disciples that the Holy Spirit would come to live in their hearts and lives. (See John 16:7–14.) The Holy Spirit would convict people of their sins and give believers the strength to live the Christian life.

The Trinity at Jesus’ Baptism

Although God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are three distinct Persons in the Trinity, they work together as one. There is total unity. This is illustrated at Jesus’ baptism in water. (Ask a student to read Mark 1:9–11.) When Jesus came up out of the water, the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, came down and settled on Jesus. Then a voice from God the Father was heard saying, “You are my Son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased.” This passage shows how all three worked together to show Jesus is the Son of God.

Just before Jesus went back to heaven, He told His disciples to use certain words when baptizing believers. What were they? (Ask a student to read Matthew 28:19.) The believers were to be baptized “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy spirit.”

Working Together for Our Good

Although there are some things about the Trinity we may not completely understand, we can be sure each of the three Persons is working together for the good of all who believe and trust in God. Jesus provides forgiveness for us when we do something wrong. God the Holy Spirit helps us know when we are doing wrong. Also, the Holy Spirit will help us and give us power to become better Christians and witnesses to those around us. (Let a student read Acts 1:8.) He will also help us pray as we should. (Ask a student to read Romans 8:26.)

Our memory verse this week mentions all three Persons of the Trinity. (Repeat the memory verse with the students.) This verse shows us that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit can be with us each day. Through the work of the Trinity we can live victorious Christian lives.

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are three Persons but one God. If we will accept Jesus as our Saviour because of God’s great love for us and rely on the Hoyt Spirit to guide us, we will someday get to spend eternity in heaven. We will live forever with our mighty God.

Accepting God’s Word

Explain to the students that each Person of the Trinity has a part in bringing us salvation. God loved us and gave His Son Jesus to die for our sins. Jesus died on the cross so our sins can be forgiven. Then He rose again so we might be able to live forever in heaven with Him. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin and draws us to Jesus. He guides us, teaches us, and helps us pray. He gives us help and strength to live for God every day.

Ask if anyone would like Jesus to forgive their sins. Pray individually with each who wants to receive salvation.

Hope for the Digo 

Currently there are about 20 born-again believers among the Digo according to Pastor Mohammed's estimate. His heart's desire is to see his people respond in a greater measure to the good news of the gospel. To fulfil his desire, he sold his one remaining cow to pay the school fees for his son's first year of Bible school.

Mohammed is deeply involved in community activities and wisely responds to witnessing opportunities. His parents welcomed him back to the family after he became self-sustained, able to care for himself. They recognize in him a financial security for their senior years. Mohammed acknowledges this fact to be a key component in Muslims coming to faith in Christ.

There is hope for the Digo's salvation because there is a man with a heart for his people, a believer who passionately desires all Digo to understand that God is not willing for any of them to perish in their sins. God's heart and Mohammed's heart are knit together in a united purpose. With such commitment, the future is bright for the eternal destiny of the Digo!

REMEMBER TO PRAY
Pray for Acceptance of New Digo Converts 

1. Islamic families to allow their youth to accept Jesus as their Saviour and to remain a member of the family,
2. Youth to be wise in how they announce to their parents that they have become a born-again believer in Jesus Christ,
3. Believing youth to stand firm in their faith at home, in their school and in the Christian community.

Prayer Promise

"In my name they will...." (Mark 16:17-18).
 

Remember: THREE IN ONE

Memory verse: 2 Corinthians 13:14
"May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all."

1. God in heaven is the only true, living God.
2. God exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
3. God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are working together for the good of those who trust Him.

Pray for Acceptance of New Digo Converts

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