Unit 4/Week 4: Our Beliefs/Experiencing God

Lesson Description: In this lesson, you will explore ways to experience God, using the Wesleyan Quadrilateral.  We will compare the use of our five senses to help us understand the concept of the Quadrilateral.  Then we will learn more about the four ways of experiencing God, and reflect on how these ways of understanding God look in our lives.

Items Needed:

  • Bible
  • Pen/pencil
  • Handouts (Experiencing God/Pages 76-79)

ExperiencingGod

Step 1: 

CONNECT (activity)

Please read the following below:

A lot of what we believe has to do with what we experience.  In order to believe in God, we (most often) have to experience God.  Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see how good the Lord is!  The one who take refuge in him is truly happy!”

As Methodists, we have some distinct ways that we believe we can exprience.  Albert Outler, a twentieth-century Methodist Scholar, wrote that United Methodists believe in four distinct ways in which we discover God- through Scripture, reason, tradition and our experiences.  We call these four revelations or means to discover God the Wesleyan Quadrilateral.  We will come back to this soon.

Please watch video below.  Just click on the play button.

  • After you are done watching the video, you can email Mr. Adam/Ms. Annette (aaweiche2605@gmail.com) or take a picture and send a text message (478-973-0565) of what stood out to you from the video.  If you need to watch again, please do so.

Step 2: 

EXPLORE (2 videos)

5 SENSES

Click on video below:

https://youtu.be/82EsAKHSFcY

Wesleyan Quadrilateral

Click on video below:

4 Questions asked in video:

  1. How does Scripture connect us with God?
  2. What are your favorite traditions at church?
  3. What have you learned through reason that has helped you understand God?
  4. What experiences have shaped your beliefs about God?

Step 3: 

REFLECT

  • Complete pages 76-79.  Submit your  “quadrilaterals”  drawings/images/words (page 78-79) via email to Ms. Annette/Mr. Adam (aaweiche2605@gmail.com) within this next week or take a picture of your sheets and text to 478-973-0565.
  • Prayer video:  https://youtu.be/W7xnNLlTArs