SERIES: 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly
MESSAGE: One Plus One Plus One Equals One?
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: John 14:1-18

MESSAGE SUMMARY
One of the most fundamental yet challenging truths in Scripture is the doctrine of the Trinity. The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. Try to explain it and you might lose your mind, but try to explain it away and you might lose your soul. The Bible openly teaches the plurality within the Godhead—three persons who are distinct from one another yet perfectly One in essence. How are we to think about this? And how should it affect us personally?

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: August 16, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "One Plus One Plus One Equals One?"
Text: John 14:1-18

Path

One of the most fundamental yet challenging truths in Scripture is the doctrine of the Trinity. The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. Try to explain it and you might lose your mind, but try to explain it away and you might lose your soul. The Bible openly teaches the plurality within the Godhead—three persons who are distinct from one another yet perfectly One in essence. How are we to think about this? And how should it affect us personally?

  1. The Three Are a Reality (vv. 1-8)
  2. The Three Share in Divinity (vv. 9, 16)
  3. The Three Pose a Difficulty (vv. 8, 22)
  4. The Three Provide Security (vv. 15-18)
  5. The Three Promote Unity (vv. 16, 26)
Points

The Three Are a Reality (vv. 1-8)The Three Share in Divinity (vv. 9, 16)The Three Pose a Difficulty (vv. 8, 22)The Three Provide Security (vv. 15-18)The Three Promote Unity (vv. 16, 26)Practice

Connect Up: As Pastor Skip states, the Trinity is a mystery, but not illogical. God is one in essence and three in Persons. There is no contradiction in God's Trinity. Why is there no contradiction? Read the following and discuss:
In order for something to be contradictory, it must violate the law of noncontradiction. This law states that A cannot be both A (what it is) and non-A (what it is not) at the same time and in the same relationship. Carrying this concept over to the Trinity, it is not a contradiction for God to be both three and one because He is not three and one in the same way. He is three in a different way than He is one. Thus, we are not saying that God is one and then denying that He is one by saying that He is three. This is very important: God is one and three at the same time, but not in the same way.

Connect In: Using Pastor Skip's statement that the Trinity acts as a guide of unity for the church and believers, discuss how the Trinity can guide believers in family affairs, church affairs, and individual-personal affairs. Love is the common characteristic within the unity. How can love unify a community?

Connect Out: How would you logically describe the Trinity to a doubter or non-believer? Please note math can be the best means to do so. Go here for more help: https://jashow.org/articles/the-trinity/.

OUTLINE


  1. The Three Are a Reality (vv. 1-8)

  2. The Three Share in Divinity (vv. 9, 16)

  3. The Three Pose a Difficulty (vv. 8, 22)

  4. The Three Provide Security (vv. 15-18)

  5. The Three Promote Unity (vv. 16, 26)


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