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God the Father

How does one know God?

 

 

Level: Beginning Catechism

 

Purpose: An overview of the nature of the Father from an Orthodox viewpoint

 

Objective: Students will recite aloud assigned Bible verses, will discuss what can be known for certain about God, will discuss how God can touch and act without being known.  A thorough understanding of the fact that God is ultimately unknowable should be reached.

 

Materials Required: 1 Bible per student, blackboard or large drawing pad with appropriate writing implement.

 

Presentation:

 

       Instructor will write on board:

                          How does one know God?

                                 -- no one has seen Him (John 1:18)

                                 -- no one has known Him (Matthew 11:27)

 

Have students read verses aloud, and discuss the problem.

 

     Instructor will write on board:

                          God reveals Himself

 

Have students read the following verses aloud:
  Wisdom 13:5, Romans 1:20, Romans 3:1,2, Hebrews 1:1-3, Colossians 1:15.
Have the students discuss ways that God reveals Himself

 

      As discussion continues, Instructor will write on board:

                                -- knowledge implanted in nature (Wisdom 13:5) (Romans 1:20)

                                -- in the Law and the Prophets (Romans 3:1,2) (Hebrews 1:1)

                                -- in the person of Christ Jesus (Hebrews 1:2,3) (Colossians 1:15)

 

 

Discuss why students should be satisfied with these sources.
 Have read aloud Proverbs 22:28 and Psalm 131 (KJV)