Is there a difference to you between the heart, the soul, and the spirit? These adult Sunday school lesson plans deal with these three terms and begin the process of understanding them in our lives and in the Bible.
They are even used interchangeably from time to time. So what are these three elements? There is no one definition that adequately covers that which we cannot ever really know, but we can try to put some parameters around the three enigmas.
Adult Sunday School Lesson Plan: The Soul, The Spirit & The Heart
The soul is an intangible element of the body that lives in it but is separate from it. The soul does not need the body to exist, and arguably, the body does not need the soul to exist, though the existence would not be one as we know it. The soul lives on after death and will be judged by Jesus when He returns to earth. The soul is capable of feeling deep emotion and communicating with God. The soul is the ultimate proof that God made us in His image.
The spirit is much the same. It is the existence of the Holy Spirit living in us, guiding us and helping us commune with God. The spirit is also intangible and is separate from the body, but as we will see later, it is made up of the body and the soul. It is an element we can neither see nor locate, but it follows us through life, enabling us to grow as Christians.
The heart is another matter. Physically speaking, the heart is an organ that pumps blood to our bodies and is essential to life. Spiritually speaking, the heart is the seat of our emotions. It is the lifeblood of our relationships and is also capable of feeling extreme emotion.
There is no good way to separate all these things, but we can look at them as methods of feeling, sharing those feelings with God, and learning to walk more closely with Him. These elements are what makes us human, what makes us Christian, and what gives us the capability of love, fear, adoration, and pain. They are what makes us sinners and what gives us the hope for salvation.
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