Kids - Basic Training
Who is God? - Week 2
June 8-9, 2019 |
This four-week, interactive-video series will set kids up to explore how to use their Bible, who God is, what following Jesus means and how they can grow in their faith. They will learn that while physical training is important, training their souls is the most important thing they could do. Our souls live forever, after all!
“Training your body helps you in some ways. But devotion to God helps you in every way," 1 Timothy 4:8.
- What were some of Drill Sergeant Biggs’ wrong ideas of who God is? (Discuss. Biggs thought he was like a boring grandpa, a genie, Santa Claus or a hippy.)
- How did Mike show him otherwise? (Discuss. Things to note: God wants to talk to us, he’s far from boring, he gives us what we need, he knows what’s best for us, he forgives us, he celebrates when we come back to him, and he wants us to follow his lead.)
- Have you ever pictured what God looks like?
- This training is going to help us get to know God even more. What are some ways you’re going to train your body?
- What are some ways you’re going to train to devote yourself to God?
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Romans 1:20
Author A.W. Tozer said, "To know God is at once the easiest and most difficult thing in the world.” It’s easy to know God because his handprints are all across creation. Knowledge of him is all around us. It’s difficult to know God because our view of God is most often built on our circumstances and experiences, and sometimes those are not the most reliable foundations. The truth is that sometimes our circumstances tempt us to draw false conclusions, and we decide that God is mean or distant, or we make him small and powerless. We may view him as a magic genie, a vending machine, or someone for whom we must perform. But as followers of Jesus, we want to know the real God so we can take comfort from the words in Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” But how?
God reveals himself to us in creation. Romans 1:20 says, “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature.” We look around us at the things we can see to begin to understand a God we can’t see. We look at mountains and remember God is big, all-powerful, and never-changing. We look at the ocean and see that God is vast, that his love is boundless, and that his forgiveness runs to our deepest, darkest places. We look at our kids and trust God’s grace, compassion, and kindness because he is a good Father. We look up at the night sky with countless stars and remember that God is eternal and majestic. The wind reminds us that though we cannot see God moving, he is always there.
God also shows us who he is in his Word. Read the Scriptures to see more of God’s character:
Deuteronomy 3:24 - The God of the Bible is strong and mighty even when we are weak.
Deuteronomy 33:27 - He is our refuge when the world around us is crumbling.
Deuteronomy 32:4 - We experience tragedy and hold onto God’s justice,
Psalm 145:8-9 - mercy, and
Isaiah 6:3 - holiness.
Joshua 1:9 - He is always with us even when we feel abandoned.
Psalm 116:5 – When we have to make hard choices or are walking through pain we can know that God is gracious and full of compassion
James 1:17 - and that he gives good gifts.
Malachi 3:6 - When everything around us changes, we can trust a God who never changes.
If someone were to ask you, “Who is God?”, what would you say?
What are a few things you might be believing about God that are not true?