These Bible doctrines were established in Scripture, and upheld in the preaching and publications of the Azusa Street ministry.
Bring microscope to class with a glass slide and small object to look at. Explain that we get a much better view of objects when we study them close up. So for the next three weeks, we will be trying to get a “close-up” view of several doctrines, so we can understand them better.
“The Framework of Faith” from Higher Way 95-2
Tract #25 –The Trinity
Tract #68 – Righting the Wrongs
Tract #15 – Divine Healing
Have students design posters of all the Bible doctrines. (This activity could carry over into the next two weeks.) Post them along the wall of your room….or even down the hall of the church with a sign above saying “Art Work by the ___ Grade Sunday School Class.”
Divide the class into 4 groups. Assign each group one of this week’s doctrines. Have them look up supporting Scriptures and prepare a short presentation on one of the doctrines. Give the groups some guidelines:
Texts to read to class
Questions to guide their explanation of the doctrine
Suggest testimonies to illustrate
Trinity might need object—3-legged stool, 3-sided stand, 3 parts of an egg, etc.
If did not want to form groups in class, the teacher’s presentation could follow the above format.
Have these doctrines printed out large for class to see as they come in. Then add doctrines as you progress through the lessons.
Illustration of Trinity: Take three pieces of colored cord or yarn and braid them together. Discuss the meaning of the word trinity and triune God. Then hold up the cord and ask your students how many cords you have. Unbraid it and ask the same question. Use this to illustrate the concept of three in one.
Another option on Trinity: Bring water, ice, and a jar with hot water in it and covered in plastic. Allow the water in the jar to sit long enough for water droplets to form on the inside of the plastic. Tell your students that water is a great example of how something can be three different things, and at the same time remain one thing. Water can be a liquid, a solid (ice), and a gas (vapor/steam). Even though there are three uniquely different states of water, they are still water. These states of water remind us of the triune nature of God.
Illustration of repentance. Tell your class that in the original Greek, the word repent means “to turn about” (illustrate by walking one direction, and then turn 180 degrees). Post or hold up a USA map. Repentance means a complete change of direction, like going from Iowa to New York, and then turning around to go to California.
Divine healing: Ask a visitor to come to your class to share a story of divine healing. It’s nice to hear details that we don’t get when we are restricted to two-minute testimonies!