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A biblical discipleship journey equipping parents to engage their children in biblical truth.

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Theme Verse

“For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:16).

Objective

God made me.

Teach

Visit a park, playground, zoo, farm, backyard, or anywhere outdoors for this lesson. Typically for younger preschoolers, their receptive language is stronger than their expressive language. The activity below is a language modeling exercise to help a 0–2-year-old begin learning foundational biblical truths.

F.A.R.M—Find, Ask, Respond, Mimic

Find

Look for an animal.

Ask

“(Child’s name), who made the (choose an animal)?”

Respond: “God made the (choose an animal)!”

Mimic: Imitate the sound and motions of the animal.

Continue F.A.R.M with other animals or to other things of creation (Examples: trees, Sun, water, fruit, etc.)

Discussion Questions

Review and repeat the question “(Child’s name), who made…?” and answer “God made…”

Play

Make the sound and motion of an animal. Encourage your child to copy you and then ask, “What animal is this?” Provide or help with the answer as necessary and then ask, “Who made that animal?”

Sing

“Slugs and Bugs—God Made Me”

Live it Out

Continue this week looking for opportunities to use the F.A.R.M exercise with your younger preschooler as an opportunity to regularly remind him or her that God made everything.

Closing Prayer

God, thank You for making everything. (Personalize this prayer by thanking God for your child’s favorite animals or anything else in creation).

Theme Verse

“For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through him and for him.” Colossians 1:16

Objective

God created everything.

Teach

If you could make anything from nothing, what would you make? Money and materials are no problem. (Allow the child(ren) to discuss what they would make.) Now consider, “What if you had to just speak it into being here; what would you create?”

This is what God did when He created the world. The Bible says the earth was formless, empty, and dark. Water covered everything. God simply said, “Let there be light,” and the light appeared (Genesis 1:3). God separated the light from the darkness. He called the light day, and the darkness was called night. That was the first day.

Each day, God created something different. Here is what He spoke into being:

Days of Creation: God spoke, and it happened.

  1. Separated light and darkness—day and night
  2. Huge space above the earth—sky
  3. Dry land, separated waters and dry land—plants and trees
  4. Lights in the sky: Sun, Moon, and stars—seasons
  5. Birds for the sky and fish and sea creatures for the waters
  6. Animals and man and woman (Adam and Eve)
  7. God rested. He had created all things. He was finished. All God created was good.

Only God could speak something into happening. Everything He created was good! The Bible verse we have this week is Colossians 1:16, “For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through him and for him.” Say the verse several times together.

Now, have the children stand beside their chair. Tell them to squat down and begin to grow like a flower with each word of the verse they say. Change this by having the children be fish, birds, or other animals as they say the verse. At last, have the child say the verse as themselves.

Discussion Questions

  1. Review the story by asking the child(ren): What did God create on day ____.
  2. Change it by asking, “On which day did God create ___?” Never scold them for getting it wrong, just ask, “What did God make on that day? He made ____. Say the answers with your child. The more you repeat it the better they will learn it!

Play

Days or Creation Plates
You will need: seven plain white paper plates, seven sheets of paper, and Crayons or markers.

Directions: Color each plate to represent a day of Creation.

  1. Color half the plate black.
  2. Draw a sky with clouds.
  3. Draw land with a tree and flowers.
  4. Draw the Sun, Moon, and stars.
  5. Draw a bird at the top and a fish at the bottom.
  6. Draw several animals and a person.
  7. Do not draw anything. Leave it blank.

On each sheet of paper, write a number (1–7). Now, show the Day of Creation Plate and the number of the day beside the plate. Remind the child(ren) that God made these things, and they were good. Now, turn the plates and number sheets over. Mix them up. Have each person turn over a plate and a number sheet. Ask, “Is this what God made on day (the number on the sheet)? If no, ask “What did God make on this day? When did He make the items on the plate? Continue until all seven days are covered. You can then mix-up the plates and have the child(ren) put them in order.

Sing

“Slugs and Bugs—God Made Me”

Live it Out

Today, we learned that God created everything. He spoke, and it was created. God made man special. What can we do to keep God’s creation good? Let’s start working in our house and yard and then serve with Bellevue Loves Memphis and other service opportunities to help others.

Closing Prayer

Lord,

Thank You for creating everything so perfectly. We know that You have given us the responsibility to take care of our earth. Please help us to start at home by picking up our toys and things from our yard. When we serve with our church, help us to be Your hands and feet as we clean parks and other areas.

Amen!

Teach

Show a Bible.) The Bible begins with these words, “In the beginning.” In the beginning, God made the world. He made a beautiful world with a sky, oceans, land, plants, sunshine, moonlight, and all kinds of fish, birds, and animals. God saw all He had created was good. (Open your Bible to Genesis 1 and walk through a very basic overview of the seven days of Creation. Here is an example of how this might work to blend Scripture with your teaching points for the first two days of Creation. An abbreviated version of the Creation account has been written according to your child’s age-level and included below.) “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. God spoke, and it happened. God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God separated the light and darkness and called them day and night. This was day one. Then God said, ‘Let the waters separate to form a space above the earth.’ God called the expanse ‘sky.’ This was the second day.” (Continue through the days of Creation in your Bible. Be sure to end with “All God created was good.”) After each thing God created, He said it was good, but after He created man and woman, He said it was very good. God was pleased with everything He created, but especially people.

Theme Verse

“For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through him and for him” Colossians 1:16.

Objective

God is the Creator is and worthy to be praised.

Teach

What is your favorite thing you have ever made? Some people like to make things out of wood or clay. Others like to make good food out of different ingredients. Sometimes at the dinner table, we might wish we could make more food on our plate or more water in our glass. Maybe if we stare at our glass really hard, it will refill with what we are drinking, but no. Why can’t this happen? Unless we have a pitcher of water to pour into our glass, it can’t refill.

However, we all know someone who can create something out of nothing. Who is it? That’s right, God can! He created the entire world out of nothing. Close your eyes. What do you see? Absolutely nothing! Before Creation, that’s what existed. Besides God, there was just darkness. Out of that darkness, God did something that nobody else could do. He created day and night. He created the Sun, Moon, and stars. He created water, land, and plants. He created animals to fly in the sky, swim in the ocean, and walk on the earth. Finally, He created people. All of it, He created out of nothing. Since God did all of this, He shows He is more powerful than anything or anybody. He is worthy of all the praise, honor, and worship we can give Him. Let’s take a moment now and praise God for all the incredible things He has created, including us.

Discussion Questions

  1. What ingredients did God use during Creation? (His words)
  2. What does He deserve because He is so powerful? (All our praise, honor, and worship)

Play

Give a short list and ask your child to rank them in order of what is most powerful: a dump truck, caterpillar, lion, piece of pizza, and our human hand. Even though some of these things might seem very powerful or very weak compared to us, none of it compares to how powerful and worthy of praise God is.

Sing

“My God”

Live it Out

God created everything we can see, touch, smell, taste, and hear. Spend time this week thanking God for the world He created around us. Thank Him for creating you and your family. He created each person in your family special, with different and unique gifts and abilities. Give Him praise for the amazing Creator He is.

Closing Prayer

God, You are perfect, and You are the Creator of everything. Thank You for being our Maker and help us to give You praise today.

Theme Verse

“For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through him and for him” Colossians 1:16.

Objective

God, the Creator, is to be worshiped, not His creations.

Teach

Although several aspects of creation are mentioned, God is the focus of this passage. Each of the three references to His name supports the idea that creation was made for His glory, not for the glory of creation itself. The words “by him,” “through him,” and “for Him” explain how creation relates to the Creator and how we should view God in light of His creation.

“For in him all things were created” makes it clear that God’s power brought about creation. He is all-powerful and able to create out of nothing. There is nothing else we see in creation that comes from nothing. Everything else has a beginning that involves something else. But God, in His power, spoke creation into existence, from nothing.

“All things have been created through him” shows us that all creation is under God’s control. He is sovereign over and the supreme ruler over all of creation. He is not surprised by anything that happens, and because He is the Creator, He knows best how to guide creation. “All things have been created…for him” teaches us that creation exists for His pleasure. God wants us to see all of creation as a testimony to His character. We should thank God for the blessing of creation, praise God for the magnificence and beauty of creation, and honor God in the way we manage His creation.

Discussion Question(s)

  1. How can we see things around us as pictures of God’s goodness?

Play

Play a few rounds of the game five-second rule, using creation-themed categories. In this game, a participant has only five seconds to name three items in the given category. Categories might include types of birds, marine animals, farm animals, types of flowers, etc. Discuss how each of the created things that are named shows God’s creativity, character, and goodness.

Sing

“My God”

Live it Out

Take a few moments to look around you or go on a brief walk and think about the beginnings of several things you see. For example, consider a tree, a road, or a table. What attributes of God does creation portray? For items that are manmade, consider all the materials needed to construct them and how each material eventually leads back to elements of God’s original creation, including the knowledge and skill of man! Challenge your preteen to always see the magnificence and beauty of creation as a reflection of God’s goodness.

Closing Prayer

Dear God, thank You for making everything we see in the world today! Help us understand how great You are and praise You for it! Thank You for all You do for our family. We love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Theme Verse

“For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through him and for him” Colossians 1:16.

Objective

God is Creator. All creation is a result of His work, and people were created to live in relationship with Him.

Teach

Last week, we talked about how God made everything. He created time, geckos, light, and tiny ants. He also created you! All the things we took time to study last week about ourselves, God made! So, in light of this truth, you might be asking “why.” Why did God make us?

Let’s look at Galatians 4:4–7ESV together. It says, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So, you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”

This passage tells us through Christ, we can be made sons and daughters of God! If you think about an earthly father and son, the son is a picture of his dad, right? He may grow up to have some of the same mannerisms and interests. They may even look alike! The purpose of the dad having and raising the son is not to just provide for them and help them when needed. Yes, that is a part of it, but a good father also desires to know his son. That’s what God is for us. He created us to not only provide for us and to save us but to have relationship with Him!

Discussion Questions

Today, we’ve discussed what it means that God created us and why He created us—to be in relationship with Him. Now, let’s see how we can apply this truth to our lives?

  1. What about yourself makes you have faith that God created you and created you uniquely?
  2. How has He shown that He wants to be in relationship with you?
  3. What can you do to honor God and stay close to Him?

Play

You’ll need paper, a pencil, and tape. On the paper, softly draw a large patch of pencil marks. Hands are clean and dry, press your finger on the pencil marks. Then, press your finger to the sticky side of a clear piece of tape, and it’ll show you your fingerprint! Compare fingerprints and see that no two are alike!

Sing

“We are Messengers—Image of God”

Live it Out

We live out this truth by demonstrating God’s love in how we interact with not only nature but also with each other. We are all created by God and for His glory. If the love of God is in you, then it should come out of you. Reflect on God today.

Closing Prayer

Dear God, thank You for this reminder of how many times I seek to make life about me. Forgive me. I know I am cherished and loved by You. Help me to demonstrate this same love to the people around me.

Theme Verse

“For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through him and for him” Colossians 1:16.

Objective

God is Creator. All creation is a result of His work, and He created people in His image and as His crowning achievement to enjoy a relationship with Him and reflect His glory.

Teach

When you think about God creating all things in His image, what comes to mind? Do we see the literal face of God in everything?

Let’s read together, Colossians 1:16: “…for by him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or authorities—all things have been created through him and for him.”

God created all things. Do you believe that? God created you to reflect Himself. Oftentimes, we fall into the trap of thinking God only created the trees, Sun, Moon, and stars. But you and I are created by God, too!

This passage of Scripture teaches us a profound truth. God created all things “by him and for him.” In other words, all of creation is a crowning achievement, and God wants us to see Him and His work in everything. I get it. For many of us when we look in the mirror, we don’t see God; we see our imperfections more than His glory. You know why? The evil one seeks to distort and twist our thoughts to move us away from experiencing the glory of God in our everyday lives.

Let’s do our best to remove our selfish, pride-filled, ‘poor me’ moments. God is a good God, filled with love! He loves you! He created you! And He loves having a relationship with you. To prove it, He created all things, even you, to glorify Himself. The next time you look in the mirror, say to yourself, “God, it’s nice to see you!” When you are tempted to slander or use sarcasm to build your self-esteem up, say to yourself… “No, I’m not going to make creation bow to my desires, but rather I am going to reflect the love of God by complimenting those around me.”

Discussion Questions

  1. What does “for him and by him” mean in this week’s verse?
  2. How are we to reflect God as His creation?
  3. How do “little things” like sarcasm affect people?

Play

You are a reflection of God because God created you, so we need to learn how not to refrain from using sarcasm to make ourselves look or feel good. Here’s your challenge. For the next 24 hours, you cannot say anything sarcastic. If you get caught by any of your family members, you have to drop and do 10 push-ups. (Yes, mom and dad, you too.) It’s not a punishment but a teachable moment of how we carelessly use sarcasm.

Sing

“We are Messengers—Image of God”

Live it Out

We can live out this truth by demonstrating God’s love in how we interact with not only nature but also with each other. We are all created by God and for His glory. If the love of God is in you, then it should come out of you. Reflect on God and His creation today.

Closing Prayer

Dear God, thank You for this reminder of how many times I seek to make life about me. Forgive me. I know I am cherished and loved by You. Help me to demonstrate this same love to the people around me.

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