GOD: The Mystery of the Trinity in the Bible

Dr. Elizabeth Klein takes us through the Old and New Testaments to show what God says about himself in Salvation History.

What do we mean when we say “God”?
Misconceptions about God abound, even among Christians, and these misconceptions can become obstacles in our relationship with God. Join Augustine Institute Assistant Professor Dr. Elizabeth Klein for a careful study of Scripture that will lead you to a deeper and clearer awareness of who God is, equipping you to share this truth with others.

Starting in the Old Testament, Dr. Klein presents what God says about himself at various points in salvation history, and how he revels to Israel that “the Lord is one” (Deuteronomy 6:4). Moving to the New Testament, Dr. Klein shows how this one God then reveals himself as three. Along the way you’ll get answers to questions such as, How can God be transcendent and personal? If God is one, how can Jesus be God? What does it mean that “God is love” (1 John 4:8)? Why is the doctrine of the trinity the central mystery of our faith when the word “Trinity” never appears in the Bible?

Produced from our state-of-the-art studios, this dynamic program combines an in-depth biblical study with insightful questions, an explanation of common misunderstandings regarding God, and personal reflections that will strengthen your faith in the one true God, who is a communion of three Divine Persons.

For more information, or to learn more about Augustine Institute parish programs, contact our team at evangelization.support@augustineinstitute.org.
 

Elizabeth Klein, Ph.D.

Dr. Klein specializes in patristic theology, particularly the writings of St. Augustine. She completed her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2016, and after holding a postdoctoral position at Notre Dame, she came to teach at the Augustine Institute in 2017. She is the author of Augustine’s Theology of Angels (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and God: What Every Catholic Should Know (Ignatius Press; Augustine Institute, 2019). She has also contributed to the nonacademic theological work of the Augustine Institute, including appearances on FORMED, Augustine Institute Bible Conferences, and Augustine STUDIOS productions.

PROGRAM

Session 1: “I AM WHO I AM”

What do we mean when we say the word “God”? Who is he? What is he like? Misconceptions about God abound, even among Christians, and these misconceptions can be obstacles in our relationship with God. Through a careful study of Scripture, Dr. Klein leads you to a deeper and clearer awareness of God’s nearness, his power, and his relationship with humanity. (Run time 27:00)

Session 2: THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE

What does it mean to say the Lord is one? Why was this such an important revelation to Israel, and why is it important for us today? In this session, you will learn why acknowledging God’s oneness is essential for a proper understanding of him and to grow in your relationship with him. (Run time 28:00)

Session 3: THE LIKENESS OF THE GLORY OF THE LORD

God gave the prophet Ezekiel a vision of his throne room. What did he see? How are you to interpret the familiar images? What is the meaning of their being used in unfamiliar ways? How can the words of the prophet Ezekiel give you a deeper understanding of God and his glory? (Run time 33:00)

Session 4: THE LOVE OF GOD

If you had to describe God in one sentence, what would you say? At the top of Mount Sinai, God’s self-disclosure to Moses becomes the most often quoted description of God in the Old Testament. This disclosure captures the heart of who God is and sheds light on his relationship with his people. (Run time 26:00)

Session 5: WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

What is the relationship between the God of Israel and Jesus Christ? How did Jesus’s Apostles come to believe that Jesus is God himself? In this session, you will explore who Jesus Christ is and why his miracles reveal that he is more than just a wonderworker, but he truly is the Word made flesh. (Run time 22:00)

Session 6: ONE GOD IN THREE PERSONS

Is the teaching of the Holy Trinity found in Scripture? How can we affirm that God is one, yet also say that Jesus is God? In this session, you will study passages in the Gospels in which Jesus equates himself with the one God of Israel, and will look at how the Apostle Paul understands the divinity of Christ in relationship to the oneness of God. (Run time 30:00)

Session 7: I AND THE FATHER ARE ONE

If God has revealed himself to be transcendent and high above all creation, does his coming in the flesh somehow decrease his magnificence? In this session, you will discover how God’s glory, witnessed by so many in the Old Testament, can be made manifest in human flesh without being diminished and how Christ reveals his plan to communicate that same glory to all who believe in him. (Run time 28:00)

Session 8: GOD IS LOVE

Why is the mystery of the Holy Trinity considered the central mystery of the Christian faith? Why is it important to make it your life’s work to contemplate and appreciate this profound revelation? In this session, you will see how the love of God and the perfect unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are directly related to Christ’s work on the Cross and our salvation. (Run time 28:00)

Session 9: QUESTION AND ANSWER

In this session, Dr. Klein takes numerous questions from the studio audience regarding the material covered over the course of this LECTIO study. (Run time 22:00)

For more information, or to learn more about Augustine Institute parish programs, contact our team at evangelization.support@augustineinstitute.org.

PRODUCTS

Leader Kit

This leader kit includes everything a leader needs to present Lectio: God to a group, whether in a parish or at home. This package includes all nine sessions of Lectio: God on DVD, plus a comprehensive Leader’s Guide (which includes complete Study Guide content).

Price: $124.95

Participant Kit

Get the full experience of Lectio: God with this special kit, which includes the DVD set and the Study Guide.

Price: $119.95

For more information, or to learn more about Augustine Institute parish programs, contact our team at evangelization.support@augustineinstitute.org.