Fertile Question: Where do we find God in the text?
Teachers before you start:
Read the Teacher Background about understanding the relational nature of God as trinity
Stage of Inquiry:
Tuning In & Investigating
Investigate New Testament texts that speak of God as Father, God as Son and God as Holy Spirit
Students begin this lesson by making the Sign of the Cross. They discuss as a class this outward symbolic gesture that Christians make in the shape of a cross that names God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They listen as the teacher explains that Christians understand God in this way and use the word Trinity to name this understanding of God. Students view symbols that represent the idea of Trinity. E.g. the Triquetra, the Borromean rings.
Students participate in an online search, using a navigational tool such as Biblegateway.com, to locate scripture references that speak of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Some examples include: 2 Cor 13:13, Acts 7:55, Jn 1:32, Lk 1:35, Jn 15:26, Mt 28:19. Students investigate New Testament Texts that describe God as Father, God as Son and God as Holy Spirit and complete a retrieval chart to record their findings.Students create a visual display, such as a Word Wall, of words and phrases that describe God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Students use Synoptic Parallels to locate and read the story of Jesus' baptism and analyse the text. They work in pairs to complete a three circle Venn Diagram to identify the similarities and differences between the texts. Students discuss how an understanding of the texts helps believers to better understand God's Word.
Students view images of the Trinity across different times and cultures, for example the Art Index at Textweek.com. In small groups students use a Visual Language Strategy to analyse the images and discuss what understanding of Trinity is presented in the images.
Students create a set of three "Trinity" cards by selecting three images, one to represent God as Father, one as Son and one as Spirit and writing three prayers of intercession on the back using an app such as Instaquote or Big Huge Labs Trading Card. Students view an example here.