The Trinity and Teens

The following is an excerpt from today’s release of Creative Bible Lessons on The Trinity

                We are human, therefore we value relationship. It is as if we were wired for it from the beginning of time. We are miserable in isolation. All we ever seem to want is to feel like we belong. It doesn’t matter whether we are a child, adult or a teenager. We value relationship.

When we consider Who God is, we begin to understand why we value relationship. We actually have been wired this way from the beginning of time. If we were created in the image of God, then God Himself must be a relationship. Alistair McGrath puts it this way:

When you are explaining what Christianity is all about to your interested friends, you needn’t mention the word “Trinity” at all. You speak to them about God, and about the way in which God has revealed himself to us and reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ. But if you were to sit down and start thinking about the question “What must God be like if he is able to act in this way?” you will end up with the doctrine of the Trinity.[1]

God exists as a Trinity – Father, Son, Spirit – equal in nature yet distinct in expression. The very nature of God is relational, and the very heart of God is for relationship.

In our churches, we sometime promote critical study (knowing about) over a relationship (knowing). Yet, at the very heart of Christianity is a relationship – one of knowing and being known by God. While we can and should begin with Jesus, eventually our thoughts and discussions should go deeper. It is in this place that many doubts and fears arise that teens desperately need to work through in order to be truly rooted and established in the love of God.

The passion behind this book is to move beyond a superficial understanding of a relationship with God without losing the intensity of the relationship. The more clarity we have in how God Himself exists in relationship (or community), the better our understanding of His desire and our need for a relationship with Him. We may have doubts and fears, but our deep relationship with our Triune God will see us through.

In writing this book, the intent is to have it flow like a conversation. With each session, teens should learn more about God and more about themselves. As the story of God unfolds, so does our story. Perhaps a helpful overview would sound something like this:

The God Who is Three-in-One (Session 1) has spoken and revealed His desire to have a relationship with us (Session 2), and He has initiated a plan to make that happen (Session 3). God Himself miraculously came to earth (Session 4) in order to live as a perfect human (Session 5), die in our place (Session 6), and be raised from the dead (Session 7) to give us hope that we can be in a relationship with Him and be part of His family (Session 8). As He works in our lives, we are changed more and more into His image (Session 9) and begin to look like Him (Session 10) and live like Him (Session 11) as the representation of His heart and mission for the world (Session 12).

Of all our relationships, the one we have with God the Father through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit is the most amazing gift we could ever hope to receive. Teens may understand this whether they know God or not. Why else would relationships be so valued to them? Why is relational ministry so important to those involved in youth work? What must God be like if we who are created in His image are so wired toward relationships? Use this book to introduce your teens to the God Who is Three-in-One.

Praise to the Father, Son, and Spirit,

Andrew A. Hedges

*Order your copy of Creative Bible Lessons on the Trinity HERE.

[1] McGrath, Alister E. Understanding the Trinity (1988), p. 115.

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