God Spoke, A World Was Born . AG Teen Sunday School Manual

God Spoke, A World Was Born . AG Teen Sunday School Manual

 

 

TEXT: Gen. 1:3-31; 2:7; Job 38:3-13; Psalms 19:1-3; 33:6-9, 13-22; 119:73; Isa. 29:16

 

Key Verse: Gen 1:3

And God said. “Let there be light, and there was light (NIV)

 

Focus

 

It can certainly be difficult to understand how the God who created the vast and amazing universe could truly care for us. This study will remind students that their Creator not only loves them, He alone knows what’s best for them. Help your students realize that they are a unique and special part of God’s creation. Encourage them to consider that they were designed for a specific purpose, and God has a plan for each of them. By submitting to His leadership, reading His Word, and following His instructions, your students can become all they were created to be.

 

As you prepare for this study, spend time with God in a place where you can appreciate His creation, even as you view some of His creation. Express thanks to God for the love that His creation reveals. Pray also for your students that, as they read the account of His creation, they will realize that God can make something great out of their lives if they’l l trust Him and follow His plan.

 

The Basic Message: Explain to students…

 

 WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA?

 

God spoke the world into existence and has power over all creation

 

WHY DOES IT MATTER?

 

As our creator, God knows what is best for our lives.

 

HOW DO I LIVE IT?

 

Trust God and obey His commands.

 

Activity Option: ONCE UPON A TIME

 

Write “Once upon a time…” on the board. As students enter the classroom, give each one a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil and ask them to write a few lines of story that begins with this phrase. Start the session by having various volunteers read their creations. Then discuss the following question:

 

•Why is it helpful to read a story’s beginning first?

 

Guide: Explain that the beginning is one of the most important parts of a story. It sets the stage, provides context and perspective, and helps us to understand the details that will be presented later. While the Bible is much more than just a story, we can’t overlook the importance of its first chapters. The Book of Genesis is really the story of our beginning – the beginning of our story.

 

Study Overview: Explain that today’s study considers…

 

• What the Bible says about creation.

• How God spoke the world into existence.

• Why we need to submit to God’s instructions.

 

Inform and Discuss

 

a). The Big Beginning

 

1. Read or ask a volunteer to read Gen 1:1-3. What does this passage tell you about the power of God’s Word? [Guide: Explain that God’s creative power surpasses anything we can ever imagine. Just as He broke through physical darkness by His spoken Word, He is more than able to shatter spiritual darkness in our lives. And in the same way that He brought beauty out of chaos, He can do great things in each of us.

 

2. Read or have volunteers read Gen 1:4-25. What parts of creation do you find most amazing? Why? How does nature give you insight into God’s greatness? [Guide: Be prepared to tell about a time when you gained a sense of God’s greatness by experiencing His creation. Perhaps you watched a sunrise or sat under a starry sky. Remind students that nature displays God’s majesty, power, vastness, creativity, provision, and love.

 

3. Does it make sense to claim that the world (and everything in it) came into being by chance? Why would someone hold such a view? [Guide: Help students understand that the world’s intricate design reveals there is a Designer.

 

4. How should Christians respond to those who promote such ideas? [Hint: While we might be tempted to be overly defensive and argumentative about our faith, we must nevertheless be careful to present the truth in a living and gracious manner.

 

Guide: Explain that many people reject the Biblical account of creation because they’ve never had a life-altering encounter with the Creator, Such people need to see Jesus in us. One of the most powerful testimonies of God’s power is a life that is completely sold-out for Christ

 

b). The Big Picture Read or ask volunteers to read Psalm 19:1-3; 33:6-8. In what ways does nature allow you to see glimpses of God’s greatness, majesty and power? grasp the size and complexity of all that God has made. As amazing as creation is, it testifies of a Creator who is even bigger and more amazing. Being part of God’s creation, we should recognize His power and respond in awe, obedience, and reverent fear.]

 

>>Note: Scientific theories about how the universe began will come and go but the truth of God’s Word will one day be revealed to all people. In the meantime, we don’t have to fear science. Rather, we should approach it with a good understanding of the Bible so that we can graciously and intelligenty defend and promote our faith as opportunities arise.

 

Illustration Option: QUOTE

 

“I do not feel that I am the product of chance, a speck of dust in the universe. but someone who was expected, prepared, prefigured. In short, a being whom only a Creator could put here; and this idea of a creating hand refers to God.-Jean-Paul Sartre

 

c. The Big Question

 

1. Read or ask volunteers to read Gen 1:26-31; 2:7; Job 38:3-13. In what ways did God make human beings different from the rest of His creation? Why is this important? [Hint: God formed humans in His image, placing a spiritual nature in each of us. As spiritual beings, we were given the unique opportunity to experience eternal relationship with our Creator.

 

Guide: Explain that nature’s strength can’t even compare with God’s. He created the earth with a command. The elements have no choice but to obey His voice. However God gave us the ability to choose for ourselves how to respond to Him.

 

Teacher Hint: What about Evolution? Evolution is a flawed theory that violates several scientific laws (The Law of Cause and Effect, The First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, The Law of Biogenesis. The Law of Mass Action, and The Law of Inertia – to name just a few). The theory of microevolution, which says that humanity evolved from apes which evolved from some primordial sludge, is a LIE that attempts to rob God of His glory and people of a meaningful existence, and ultimately, of eternity with God.

 

2. Read or ask volunteers to read Psalm 119:73; Isa 29:16. Will you choose to worship your Creator or will you choose to go your way? Why?

 

– Explain that just as God tells the ocean waves where to stop (Job 3-13). He alone has the wisdom to know what is best for our lives. As created beings, we would be foolish to reject our Creator or claim that we know more than Him. Instead, we should seek to understand and obey His commands.

 

Involve Them: Play the song “King of My Heart” by Love & the Outcome from the album Love & the Outcome.

Inspire Them: Remind students THE BASIC MESSAGE of this study (pg. 10), even as you explain WHAT the Big Idea behind the study is; WHY it matters; and HOW we can live the lesson captured in this study.

 

Ministry Activity: Display a globe as you read Psalm 33:13-22. Remind students that God is not a distant, disinterested ruler who gazes down on our planet the way we look at a globe. He is a personal God who looks deeply into our hearts and lives. He extends love, mercy, and help to us. And He has a plan for each of us. All we have to do is to trust in Him. Divide the class into small groups, and have them discuss any difficulties they may be facing. Ask a volunteer in each group to pray for the needs mentioned.

 

Conclude the study by asking God to reveal to your students His plans for their lives. Offer to pray with students who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus.

 

Teacher Hint: Ask Yourself…

 

1. Can students restate the biblical accounts of creation?

2. Do they understand that God who created the universe cares about them and has a plan for their lives?

3. Was there an opportunity for students to receive prayer for their needs and concerns?

 

Daily Dew Drops

 

Mon: God: The Creator of All Things – Gen 1:1-2; Heb 3:4

 

Tue: God of All Possibilities – Jer 32:17

 

Wed: My Maker, My Helper – Psalm 121:1-2, 124:8

 

Thu: He is TIRELESS – Isa 40:28

 

Fri: I’m Designed for Good Works – Eph 2:8-10

 

Sat: Don’t Quarrel with Your Maker – Isa. 45:8-9

 

 

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