Term 1 – Week 1

Big Idea – God made all things in heaven and earth

Genesis 1: 1-25

Outcomes

Implications

Introduction 

The Bible begins where we would expect it to: with the beginning of all creation. But the beginning that Genesis 1:1 speaks of is not the beginning of everything. It was not the beginning of God. God is eternal – He has no beginning and no end. He has always existed. So the beginning in this session’s Bible story is the beginning from our perspective. It is humanity’s beginning.  

You might notice that the Bible story stops a little earlier than you might be used to: before God created Adam and Eve. That happened on Day 6, along with the animals of the earth, but that is not included here because that will be covered in the next session in much more detail.  

Instead, for this session, take your time to emphasise three things:  
First, that God created everything from nothing. God did not create like we do – by taking some raw materials like clay and making a beautiful sculpture. Instead, God made everything that exists – everything we see and even that we don’t see – simply by speaking into existence from nothing. That’s important because it teaches us that everything belongs to God because He made it all and also how powerful He is to be able to create the universe by speaking in into being.  

Second, that God created everything with order. Not only do we see that God created the different kinds of plants and trees as well as animals according to their different kinds, but we also see an orderly pattern in the days of creation. God created by separating things for days 1-3 (light from darkness; sky from water; and then land from oceans) and then He filled what he had created on days 4-6 (the stars, sun, and moon in the heavens; birds and fish in the sky and waters; animals on the land).  

Third, that God created everything for a reason- to bring Himself glory. We will talk a lot more about this during this unit, and all of our study through Scripture. But for now help your kids see that everything exists to show how good God is – the show His glory for all to see.  

Note: We realise that many people have different understandings of how to read Genesis 1. That’s ok! This is not a primary (fundamental) Christian belief, and Christians are welcome to think differently on the scientific implications of Genesis 1, as long as we agree on the following: God is the loving purposeful creator sustainer and ruler of all things and the Bible is the infallible word of God.

Memory Verse

Acts 19:1

‘The heavens declare the glory of God; 
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands’

Songs

God Made Everything (Awesome Cutlery)YouTube

Leaders PDF

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