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Recap knowledge - Trinity

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Name the persons of the Trinity.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Which is more accurate: who or what is the Trinity? Say why.
Who - they are persons.
Three persons but one God. What is the word for one God?
Monotheism
True or false - the term 'Trinity' never occurs in the Bible
True - but the idea is there.
Give at least two examples from the Bible that illustrate the Trinity.
Jesus' baptism where all three are present. After Jesus is resurrected and he commissions his followers to Baptise new followers in the name of the Trinity.
When someone becomes a new Christian they are 'encased' in the Trinity. Explain what this means.
Encased - embedded in the values and loving relationships of the Trinity. A community defined by love in the way the Trinity is.
How does the Father impact daily worship or practice?
He's got the whole world in his hands. Believers bring their cares to him in prayer.
How does the Holy Spirit impact daily practice or worship?
He is the comforter, the presence of God, the guide. They believe he enables them to experience and behave better as believers.
How does Jesus Christ impact daily practice or worship?
They believe he is the fully God/fully Man saviour who bridges the gap between us and God. Worship is joyful and thankful because he has provided the pincode to heaven.
What does the term doctrine mean?
A doctrine is an important idea or teaching from the Bible. Eg. The Trinity or the Incarnation.
What is a Creed?
A Creed is a formal summary of doctrines or teachings. EG The Apostles Creed or the Nicene Creed.
What is a heretic?
A heretic is someone who tries to changes doctrines and undermines the Church foundations as a result. Eg Arius in in the 3rd Century who undermined the Trinity and the Incarnation.
What is the Nicene Creed?
It was a response to heresy about the Trinity. It summarises important FOUNDATIONAL ideas about the Trinity and the Incarnation.
What does the term 'eternally begotten' mean in the Nicene Creed?
It means that Jesus has always existed. Eg The Word that pre-existed.
What kind of tensions exist for people who believe in the Bible creation account?
There can seem to be a conflict between science (or human reason) and divine revelation.
Name three Creation stories and briefly explain what they say.
Genesis 1 is a wide picture of the 7 days. Genesis 2 is narrower and shows God interacting with Humans. John 1 depicts Jesus as the Word - the one who was personally involved in making everything.
In what ways does the Creation account show God to be powerful?
He makes everything by speech. He creates everything out of nothing (also called 'Ex Nihilo')