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What is God like Series - Lesson #3

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

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


Welcome Teacher, Trainers and students. Get all the Junior Youth to colour the colouring pages and visual aids until it is time to start.

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DOWNLOAD Lesson #3 Weekly Bible Verse Reading, one per student


Dance to the Lord: Let all the children gather in a circle or in a designated area. Play one of the children's songs that they enjoy and let children dance around a circle. Or have someone beat a drum. When the music stops, the children must freeze, if anyone moves they are out of the game. The teacher will change songs and tell children to do another dance or change places and dance for another song.

Obedience is Worship:
Have the children stand up facing the front of the room with Teacher at the front. Teacher will call our orders - 'Teacher says hop on one foot' All the children hop on one foot. 'Teacher says turn around in a circle' all the children turn around in a circle. But when Teacher simply says 'touch your head' any of the children that do it are OUT. All instructions must start with "Teacher says...."

2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
Divide the group into two teams. Give each team leader one balloon (but have more ready — remember they pop!).

Leader tosses the balloon in the air and call out one child’s name that kid tries to catch the balloon before it touches the ground. If the kid succeeds, he gets to toss the balloon and call the name of the next child in the team. When all the children have played the game is over, the first team to finish is the winner.


(10 minutes)

Optional: Download 'Every move I make' Music video and lyrics

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)

Optional: Download 'To God be the Glory' Music video, music sheet and lyrics

Prayer:Eternal Father, we worship You. We have learned that You had no beginning and will have no end. We acknowledge You as the great Creator of all that exists. Help us think correctly about You as we read Your Word. We pray in the name of Jesus, amen.


a. Review

The first sessions we met in the 'God Series' we learnt about creation and how God created man and women and they lived a beautiful life in the wonderful garden of Eden.

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Remember we learnt about 3 in 1 God is ONE God, He exists as THREE persons. Can anyone tell me the names of the Trinity? (Father, Son and Holy Spirit)

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Video Review:

Optional: Download 'God created the world' video

Optional: Download 'I am part of God's creation' music video and lyrics

Last session we learnt that the Bible is in perfect harmony from beginning to end—even though it deals with many difficult subjects.

Optional: Download 'God's story the BIBLE' video

Weekly Bible Verse Readings Review:

During the last week, while at home, you will have read the Bible verses answered the questions. Lets discuss your answers

1. I am beautifully made:

How does this make you feel? ..................


2. I am a new creature:

How has your life changed since you gave it to Jesus? .................


3. I am chosen:

What did God call you out off? ..................


4. I am God's friend

How does it feel to be a friend of God? .................


5. I am God's workmanship

What good works do you feel God is calling you to do? ...............


6. I am a child of God

How do we become a child of God? ..................


7. I am an heir of God

What what must we be prepared to do? .................


b. Junior Youth Sword Play
Ready…Swords up… Matthew 2:1-2 … CHARGE

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." Matthew 2:1-2

Optional: Download Bible Verse Junior Visual Aid.


After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." Matthew 2:1-2

Optional: Download Bible Verse Youth Maze Visual Aid.

c) Teaching the Lesson

Purpose of the Lesson
• Discover more about what the invisible God is like
• Learn how to know Him better and worship Him
• Appreciate the infinite nature and unapproachable holiness of God

1. Using a few simple words, describe what you think of or see when you think of God. Be honest and accurate in what you think about God. At the end of the study, this question will be asked again.

(Encourage each one to share.)

Don’t be surprised if you didn’t know what to write. Perhaps you were trying to give a very wise answer. However, it is impossible for any of us to adequately describe God. That is why the question asked us to record what we think or see when we think of God.

Our thoughts are not big enough to understand God. He is not like anything or anybody. There is nothing to which we can compare Him. Even the best of what we think about God is a poor expression of what He really is. But, in spite of this, God is a subject about which we cannot be neutral.

What we think about God is the most important thing about us.

To be able to think accurately about God, many of us will have to break the habit of thinking of Him as having a physical body that can be seen, or even as having a ghost-like body. Such ideas limit the real nature and character of God.

“God is not the sort of person that we are; his wisdom, his aims, his scale of values, his mode of procedure differ so vastly from our own. We cannot know him unless he speaks and tells us about himself.”

The Bible is the best resource for information about God. He really wants us to know Him, so He has progressively revealed more and more about Himself throughout the Bible.

Now we will discuss what we learned about God from the Bible readings.

Lets read Colossians 1:15-16 . . . . .

15  The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16  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.

What a powerful description of Jesus this is!

What does it say about God in the first part of verse 15? . . . . . (God is invisible)

God does not have a physical body. Our natural thinking is full of error when we suppose God has the same conditions of existence and limitations that we have. We did not give ourselves existence, nor did we create the air, food, or water which we need for our life to continue. However, God exists complete in Himself. He needs no other source than Himself to continue His existence forever.

Everything that we see in the world around us was either created or made. But God was not created, nor was He made. God is different from everything else. His name is I AM. He is and always has been, which means He is eternal. He will never have an end.

Another way that God is different from us is that we are human—He is divine. We are physical beings.


2. What does John 4:24 tell us about God?

“For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
John 4: 24

God is not limited to a body. He is Spirit and can be every place at the same time.

The Bible teaches that God is infinite. That means that He is not limited in any way.


Our God Is Limitless

King Solomon prayed,
“But will God really live on earth? Why, even the highest heavens cannot contain you. How much less this Temple I have built!”

1 Kings 8: 27

“Can you fathom the mysteries of God?
Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?

They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do?
They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know?
Their measure is longer than the earth
And wider than the sea.” — Job 11:7-9


He Is Beyond Our Comprehension

“God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways;
He does great things beyond our understanding.” —Job 37:5
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
Neither are your ways my ways,”
Declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are my ways higher than your ways
And my thoughts than your thoughts.” —Isaiah 55:8-9

Our minds are limited, but God is unlimited! We are sinners; He cannot sin. He is perfect in every way. God is greater than we can grasp.

In your New Testaments or Africa Bible Verse Handbook turn to Romans 11:33-36 . . . . .

33Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom
and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
34  "Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?"
35  "Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?"
36  For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.

The Bible speaks of His majesty. Psalm 145:5 says, “I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works.”

Our minds cannot contain God because He is infinite, or exceedingly great and endless. Much about God is a mystery to us because our finite or limited minds cannot understand the infinite mind of God. However, we can accept the things we do not understand by faith in what God says, because we have a trustworthy reference—the Bible. God gave us His Book to use in our search to learn what He is like.


3. A divine attribute is a quality or characteristic that is true about God. Each of these verses describes a divine character of God. Read the verse and write the attribute.

A. 1 John 4:8  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.__________________________________________

B. 2 Thessalonians 3: 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. _____________________

C. James 1: 17   Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. _____________________________________

D. Mark 10: 18   "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good-except God alone. _________________________

E. Hebrews 1: 8 8  But to the Son He says: "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. ____________________________________________

F. Luke 1: 78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven _____________

G. 1 Peter 1: 15 – 16   But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy." ________


Put on praise and worship music. Encourage the children to come to the alter and enjoy themselves as they celebrate God!

Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them'" (Matthew 19:14a)

"From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise " (Matthew 21:16b)


Dear Jesus, we seek you today because we want to worship you and crown you as our King. We Praise and worship You God for who You are and what You have done. We know you are seeking worshipers who will bring You glory, not just for an hour on Sunday, but every day through all of our activities, at home, school and even in our leisure play time. We begin this worship by turning from our sins and trusting in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. Help us to worship in spirit from our hearts or from within. Not formal, ceremonial, external worship with a heart that is not right with God. Keep our hearts pure and our lives clean as we lift up holy hands to worship you. In Jesus name. Amen.


Print the Take Home Bible Verse one for each child.

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Print the Take Home Bible Verse Crossword

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Take Home Weekly Bible Readings: LESSON #3

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

Every day this week read the Bible verses and write in your own words what each passage says about God.

1. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Corinthians 1: 9
2. To the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.

Romans 16: 27
3. "For no word from God will ever fail."

Luke 1: 37

4. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3: 16
5. God is not human, that he should lie,
not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promise and not fulfill?

Numbers 23: 19
6. "Great and marvelous are your deeds,
Lord God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
King of the nations.
4  Who will not fear you, Lord,
and bring glory to your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed."

Revelation 15: 3 - 4

7. "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."

Revelation 1: 8

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

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NEXT WEEK: Lesson #4 we will learn the attributes of God. Love is an attribute of God, but not a definition of God. God defines love. Faithfulness, goodness, mercy, justice, and holiness all express the essence of God. We will learn God is Faithful. We can depend upon God because He is faithful. He keeps His promises. He is unchangeable, just and merciful.


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