Great is the Lord, Our God Religion 5 Chapter 5
Turn and Talk… What is an image you would use to describe yourself? (Example: I am as organized as a librarian.)
Turn and Talk… What is an image you would use to describe God? (Example: God is as powerful as a category 5 hurricane.)
Chapter 5 Focus Question What are the attributes of God that reveal to us who he is?
Small Groups… Work together to create a word web of qualities that could be used to describe God.
attributes of God Qualities of God that help us understand the mystery of God
YHWH The four letters of the Hebrew alphabet for the name for God that God revealed to Moses
One There is only one God. There is no one and nothing like God.
Lord God revealed the name YHWH to describe himself. The writers of the Bible used the name Adonai, or Lord.
Almighty God alone can do anything.
Eternal God always has been and always will be. God has no beginning and will have no end.
Truth and Love God’s word is always true. God is love.
Holy No one and no thing that God has created is equal to him. He is “set apart.”
Turn and Talk… Discuss with your partner which attribute of God you find the most difficult to understand. Be sure to explain why this attribute is difficult for you.
Which attribute of God is it? God has no beginning or end. There is no one and nothing like God. God alone can do anything. No one and no thing is equal to God. YHWH Adonai
Activity Choose one of the attributes of God to illustrate using a picture or a symbol. Be sure to make your design neat and colorful. Write the name of the attribute you are illustrating at the top of your picture. Don’t forget to put your name on the back!
Abba The name Jesus used for God the Father that reveals the love and trust that exist between Jesus, God the Son, and God the Father
God the Father God has revealed himself most fully in Jesus Christ. Jesus called God “Abba” to reveal how much he loved and trusted his Father. God the Father loves us and knows each of us by name.
Children of God When we call God our Father, we are really saying that we are all children of God.
Turn and Talk… How can we show that we believe that all people are children of God?
Review How has God most fully revealed himself? Why did Jesus call God “Abba”?
Activity You will be given a piece of foil. Sculpt a symbol that speaks of God’s greatness, holiness, power, or mystery for you. On the index card provided, write the title of your artwork.
soul The spiritual dimension of the human person that never dies, or is immortal
original sin The sin of Adam and Eve by which they and all people lost the state of original holiness, and death, evil, and suffering entered the world
Turn and Talk… Do you think everything in creation is good? Be sure to explain your answer.
God the Creator Creation shows the great glory of God. Everyone and everything God created is good. God created all people in his image and likeness. God created us with a body and soul. Our soul will never die.
Original Sin Adam and Eve decided to live apart from God. This is original sin. Because of original sin, there is evil in the world. We are all born in original sin. God sent Jesus to restore our friendship with him.
Small Groups… The idea of original sin can lead to many questions. With your group, brainstorm some questions you may have about original sin.
Review How did God create human beings? What is original sin? How can we restore our friendship with God and remove our original sin?
Turn and Talk What are some ways that we use blessing prayers?
Blessings Blessings are a way to show that we believe God is always with his creation. We use many blessing prayers. All of our blessings remind us that God loves each of us and is always with us.
Activity Write a prayer of blessing for a specific person or group of people. You could even write a prayer of blessing for yourself!
Review What are the attributes of God that have revealed to us who God is? How did God create human beings? What is original sin?