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What is God like Series Lesson #1

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This English Stonecroft 'Youth Discipleship Teaching' has been adapted from the Adult Stonecroft Trinity Series.

The Adult Stonecroft Trinity Series - What is God like?. is available online from Stonecroft's corporate website for purchase.


Welcome, as the Junior Youth arrive get them to colour the colouring pages and visual aids that will be used during the session.

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DOWNLOAD Lesson #1 Weekly Bible Verse Reading, one per student

Dear God of the Universe, we want to study the Book You wrote because we want to learn about You. 'Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God
'. Open our eyes, our ears, and our hearts so we can understand the things we read. We come to You in Jesus’ name, Amen.

1. WELCOME GAME: (10 minutes)

Play the Creation Song as the Junior Youth play this game.

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You will have hidden the Creation numbers prior to class tell the Juniors you will need their help to find the numbers and to put the numbers back in order.

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This activity will help them understand that God is the Creator of all things, understand on a basic level the seven days of creation.

2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
Divide the class into two equal teams. Have one member of team’ A’ say their name and something from the story of Creation that begins with the same letter of their name, or an animal or a thing beginning with the same letter. Then one member of team’ B’ If a child cannot think of anything they have to sit out. eg

For example: (Children's names can be changed depending upon location)

Child says her name is Lucy and God created 'Light'
I like playing 'Leapfrog' and God created 'Light'
I have a pet 'Lizard' and God created 'Light'

I like 'Spaghetti' and God created 'Sky'
I am frightened of 'spiders' and God created 'Sky' etc working their way through the 7 days of creation.

(10 minutes)

Optional: Download 'The 7 day creation song' Active Praise Music sheet, lyrics and instramental video

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)

Optional: Download 'Father of Creation' Worship Music sheet, lyrics and music video.

Optional: Download 'What a mighty God we serve ' Worship music video.


Prayer: Heavenly Father thank you that by Your Word the heavens were made. By Your Spirit life begun, by the wisdom of our Lord Your laws were laid. By Your love you sent your Son Jesus Christ and by Your Grace we are saved. By the power of our Lord the victory has been won. Thank you Jesus Amen.

a. Review (This is the first lesson of this Youth Trinity Series so there will be no review)

b. Junior Youth Sword Play
Ready…Swords up… Genesis 1:26a … CHARGE

GOD said “let US (Father; Son; Holy Spirit ) make man kind in OUR (Father; Son; Holy Spirit) image (resemblance), in our likeness (characteristics /personality)

(Genesis 1:26a)

Optional: Download Junior Bible Memory Verse Visual Aid colouring page


26  Then God said, "Let us make human beings in our image and likeness." Genesis 1: 26a

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c. Teach the Lesson - The Creation Story:

BIBLE STORY/DRAMA: Genesis 1: 1 - 31

Who is God? This question has intrigued people for centuries. They have searched deep into history, hoping to unveil “the ultimate controller of the universe.” They try to discover who God is and understand how He works.

The very first words in the Bible tell us that "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." Then the Bible goes on to tell about God's creation

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The purpose of these lessons is—
• to learn what the Bible says about God;
• to realize how exciting life can be when we know God and live in fellowship with Him;
• to apply what we learn and develop a deeper, more meaningful relationship with God.

As you read the following, emphasize the word “is.”

To stimulate our thinking, consider the following:

The Bible simply states that God is. There is no attempt to prove that He is. There is no great argument or explanation. Anyone who picks up the Bible and reads its first words can know without a doubt that God exists. God, the true and Almighty God, is. He is the One who has caused everything else to come into existence.

God always has been,
He always will be!
His eternal existence is powerfully
expressed by two words:
God is.

God has always existed and He always will. People exist and you exist. Your physical body has a beginning and an end. But God does not have a beginning or an ending. To say, “God exists” is correct, but to say “God is,” has a more definite meaning. There never was a time when God did not exist. He always was and always will be. Do you see the deeper meaning in the statement “God is” than “God exists?” It is always present tense or now with God.

Before time began, there was nothing but God in all His fullness. Nothing else – no universe, no earth, no sun, moon or stars – nothing. God is the Creator of all that exists.

1. Lets look at the 'When God made everything' Youth PowerPoint

DOWNLOAD Bible for Children 'When God made everything' PowerPoint to assist teaching the Youth.

Compliments of Bible for Children.

DOWNLOAD Bible for Children 'When God made everything' Colouring Pages for the Juniors.

Compliments of Bible for Children.

2. Read the following Bible verse and state in your own words the one main truth this verse teaches.

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
Colossians 1:15 – 16

What a wonderful God we have!

He created everything that is—out of nothing.


Eternity is a concept that is hard to understand because we live in time.
We are prisoners of time. The time we were born was recorded. There will be a time when we will die. All we do in our lifetime is measured in time – years, days, hours and minutes. We are constantly aware of time so it is hard for us to understand timelessness.


3. Read the following Bible verses and state in your own words the one main truth they teach us.

Psalm 102:12, 25-27 . . . . . (God is eternal)

12  But You, O Lord , shall endure forever,
And the remembrance of Your name to all generations.

25  Of old You laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
26  They will perish, but You will endure;
Yes, they will all grow old like a garment;
Like a cloak You will change them,
And they will be changed.
27  But You are the same,
And Your years will have no end.

God is timeless. He never had a beginning and He will never have an end. He lives in eternity, which is another way of saying He lives in timelessness.

We live in three tenses—the past, present, and future. We have lived in the past, we are living in the present, and we will live in the future. God has always existed and will continue to exist forever.



4. Read the following verses and answer this question. Do you believe there is one Living God?. . . . .

“This is what the LORD says—
Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty:
I am the first and I am the last;
apart from me there is no God.”

Isaiah 44: 6

"I am the Lord , and there is no other;
There is no God besides Me".
Isaiah 45:5

Do you believe there is only one living God?


We were created in the image of the Triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) we are triune creatures we are Spirit, Soul and body.
We were created perfect, because God is perfect
We were created to be in relationship with God because we are Spirit and need relationship with a Spirit God.

"Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created."

Revelation 4:11

PRAYER: Dear Lord and Creator, You are the Master Designer the Creator. Father, we thank you for all of creation. We thank you for life and for life eternal through Jesus Christ, your Son. Help us to take good care of all that you have given us. We know that you have a plan and a purpose for us. We ask you to take the bits and pieces of our lives and make them into something beautiful. Amen.

This Youth Bible Study has been further adapted to suite the 11 - 13 year olds, the Junior Youth, including games and children's activities to enhance the teaching.

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Print the Take Home Bible Verse one for each Junior.

Optional: Download Take Home Memory Verse

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Download Youth Visual Aids and Games

Word Searches and games have been included to make it more interested and fun for the youth .

All compliments of for ministry use only

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Take Home Weekly Bible Readings: LESSON #1

Print 'Weekly Bible Verse Readings', one for each youth to take home.

Read the Bible verses given below and answer the questions. Write out the verse which you consider to be the most important in each reading. Try to memorize a verse per day, be prepared to share them at the next session.

1. Genesis 1: 1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Who created the heavens and the earth?


2. Genesis 1:21-22
So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth."

What did God tell the animals to do? ________________________________________________________

3. Genesis 1: 27
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them

Who created human beings and in whose image were they created?

4. Genesis 1: 28
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."

Who were they to have dominion over?


5. Genesis 1: 31a
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.

Was God pleased with His creation?

6. Nehemiah 9: 6
You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.

What does God give to everything?


7. Colossians 1:16
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things were created through him and for him.

Who were we created for?


DOWNLOAD Weekly Bible Readings: LESSON #1

Bring back your 'Weekly Bible Verse Readings' so you can discuss your answers at the next session.

DOWNLOAD Lesson #1 Teaching Manual

NEXT WEEK: Lesson #2 we will discover that the Bible is in perfect harmony from beginning to end—even though it deals with many difficult subjects. Each part needs the other parts to complete the story. The Bible is the complete revelation of how God has provided salvation for all who will believe and receive His wonderful gift. The Bible can be our guide through life. Help us to remember that we can always depend on the Bible to point us in the right direction.


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