Week 6 – How can we glorify God?

Question

How can we glorify God?

Answer

By loving him and by obeying his commands and law.

Memory Verse:

“You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always.” – Deuteronomy 11:1

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer. Review last weeks question and answer.
  2. Print out or write all questions & answers from lessons 1 – 5. Hang up all the questions on different corners and walls of a room. Fold all the answers up and have the children pick a folded answer. They look at the answer and try match it to the correct question.
  3. Intro: Ask the children if they are a fan of a sports team. Let them tell you what team or sport they are a fan of. Ask them if there are ways someone could tell they were a fan (clothing, bragging about wins, going to games, etc.) Ask them how huge fans act when they are at a game (shouting, cheering, singing songs and chants). This glorifies a team. Tell the children when we glorify people, it tells them how great they are or praise them we do this to tell them how much we love them. Glorifying means giving praise. Introduce question and answer 6. Explain that this question will help us to Glorify God in our lives. It will be different than glorifying our favorite team. But, it will be by loving God, praising him, serving him and telling others about him.
  4. Read: Deuteronomy 11:1-13. As they or you read the verses have them identify the mighty acts of God. Show them how God cares for them, protects them, and how He saves his people.Let them know that Moses wrote this book to help the people understand that their love for God should be characterized by obedience, telling others about Him, and by committing to one another. He was showing them how to glorify God. Let them know that obedience to God is our response because we love God. It brings Him glory.
  5. Remind: children that glorifying God is giving Him praise and honor and telling others of His greatness. God doesn’t need to be glorified. Glorifying God is part of being in a loving relationship With Him. That is what God wants from all of us.

Ask questions, practice Q&A and end in prayer

  1. What would it look like if you were more focused on glorifying God?
  2. Do you struggle to give God glory, honor, and praise?
  3. Is it hard to obey God?

Week 5 – What else did God create?

Question 5

How and why did God create us?

Answer

God created all things, and all His creation was very good.

Memory Verse:

“And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good.”
Genesis 1:31

Outline for lesson 5

  1. Open in prayer. Review last weeks question and answer.
  2. Review Game. Supplies needed for review game: four disposable cups, marker, paper, a ping pong ball (or paper wad), small prizes.
    Game set-up: write the numbers 1-4 on the paper, cut the paper so there is one number on each piece of paper, fold the numbers up. Write the different prizes on the bottom of the cups.
    Directions for game, divide the children up into teams, have the teams choose a number from the folded papers. Ask the team to remember the catechism question and answer that corresponds with the number they have chosen. If they remember the question and answer let them recite it to you as a group. If the team gets it correct they get a few chances to throw the ping pong ball into a cup. When they get the ball into a cup allow them to read the bottom of the cup, their team will receive that prize. Review questions and answers 1-4 at the end of the game.
  3. Activity: Have everyone stand in a circle and starting with the letter “A” go around in a circle and name something God has made in creation. Go through the alphabet. Help younger children if they can’t think of something. At the end of the alphabet ask children, How do you feel after listening to things God has created? Ask them if they are amazed at the assortment of God’s creation? Introduce question 5. Ask, What else did God create? Explain that question 5 is about God’s creation.
  4. Ask children that can read, to read Genesis 1:1-31. Divide the verses up into days of creation. Show the pictures that correspond with the day of creation (Q5 illustration in downloads). After reading verses ask them, “ What did God use to make everything?” Answer: He created everything out of nothing. There was a time when mountains, sand, trees, ocean, stars etc. did not exist. Creation comes out of God’s will and imagination, He creates everything for himself, with great meaning and purpose.

Extra Activity:

Read the ingredients on the back of a cake mix or read a recipe. Tell the children you can make this cake because you have things to make it. Download activity and lesson pdf’s (below) and see the Q&A’s provided.

Week 4 – How and why did God create us?

Question 4

How and why did God create us?

Answer

God created us male and female in his own image to glorify him.

Memory Verse:

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
Genesis 1:27

Outline for lesson 4

  1. Open in prayer. Review last weeks question and answer.
  2. Activity: Supplies needed: paper, crayons and or markers. Ask the children to pick an adult to pose as a model. Ask the children to create a Minecraft avatar or Lego character based on the adult model. After completing the drawings hang them up and introduce question 4. Let them know that today is all about the creation of men and women, boys and girls. Remind them of their avatar image and tell them that when God created men and women, he made them in his images, to be like him.
  3. Read Genesis 1:26-27. After reading the verses ask them these question,
    1. Out of everything God made, what was created in his image? ( human beings)
    2. What does created in God’s image mean? (we are able to be similar in character)
    3. Does the Bible say anything else was created in his image? (no)

      Tell them that we are not statues but, we were made in God’s image and likeness of him, to represent him and his rule on earth. Humans were given the authority by God to rule over all the earth. We are the pinnacle or crown of God’s creation, we were made on purpose. We are not accidents.

      Created in God’s likeness or image means we can be like God in character. We are called to reflect his image in our lives. Some character qualities: creative, communicative, relational, loving, etc. if you have time and want to instill this more go to other passages in the Bible that say more about God’s character. Also, if you can recognize a godly character in each of your children, tell them what character quality you see in them.

      Our existence is about showing God’s existence and about giving him glory. Ask, what do you think it means to glorify God? (it’s to acknowledge God as creator, all powerful and perfect and then live our lives praising him.
  4. Finish the teaching time by helping children memorize question 4, answer and verse.

Extra Activity: Human Body

Use the body outline provided (below). Ask children to write or draw all the ways that humans are different from the rest of God’s created beings. Have them fill in the body with words or drawings that describe or show the differences.This activity shows how God made humans that are distinct for the rest of God’s creation. He made two different genders, Male and Female. God made men and women, we live in his creation and he made us equal but different.

Week 3 – How many persons are there in God?

Question 3

How many persons are there in God?

Answer

There are three persons in one God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Memory Verse:

“There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirt be with you all.
2 Corinthians 13:14

Outline for lesson 3

  1. Open in prayer. Review last weeks question and answer.
  2. Activity: Before activity write God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. For each of these three descriptions of God cut each of them like a puzzle and put into three separate envelopes.Explain that today we are going to learn a very difficult concept about God. Ask them to listen carefully but reassure them that they might not understand it all. Give each puzzle to the children to put together. After putting the descriptions of God together read them aloud. Then introduce today’s question and answer. Introduce them to the concept of one God and three persons- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  3. Game: read the following T/F statements aloud. If the statement is True, the children run to the right side of the room. If it’s false, they run to the left side.
    1. The word trinity is found in the Bible. (F)
    2. There is one God. (T)
    3. The Father is fully God.(T)
    4. God has always existed as three persons. (T)
    5. God the Son only came into existence when Mary became pregnant. (F)
    6. The Son is not the Father. (T)
    7. The persons of the Trinity each have distinct roles.(T)
    8. God the Father died on the cross for our sin. (F)
  4. Read 2 Corinthians 13:5-14. Ask them if they can find the three persons of the trinity in these verses. Then ask what are some of the unique roles about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
    Jesus-God the Son displays God’s grace in life and death.Grace is kindness shown to someone who doesn’t deserve it. Paul describes the love of God the Father. We are brought into a relationship with him through Jesus.The Holy Spirit brings sinners into friendship with God and friendship with one another. Grace, Love and friendships are the result of being in a relationship with God. God exists in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  5. Finish the teaching time by helping children memorize question 3, answer and verse.

Extra Activity:Trinity Diagram

Fill in blanks, God is the center circle. Write, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit on the other circles. Color and explain the diagram.

Week 2 – What is God?

Question 2

What is God?

Answer

God is the creator of everyone and everything.

Memory Verse:

“There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God. But you, O Lord are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness…”
Psalm. 86:8-10, 15

Outline for lesson 2

  1. Open in prayer. Review last weeks question and answer.
  2. Activity: Have some autobiographies of famous people ready to show.Try to find people that your children will recognize. Explain autobiographies are books people write about themselves. Show them the books and explain that it’s not easy knowing famous people, but by reading their autobiographies we can learn more about them. Introduce question 2 and answer. Explain that this lesson will focus on getting to know God through his own story, the Bible.
  3. Read Psalm 86. Explain that King David wrote this psalm, and it shows a personal relationship between God and David. Look at the chapter again and ask the children to find words showing more about God’s personality.Remind everyone that this is the God who is eternal, who has no beginning and no end, who has created the whole universe and sustains it every day. He displayed many miracles. This big God hears our prayers.In a few verses God made himself known to us through the Bible. Tell them, the purpose of spending time reading the Bible is to know God more and to understand more fully what it is to live his way.
  4. Finish the teaching time by helping children commit question 2 and the answer to memory. Then help with the memory verse. This is one of the longest verses. It may take some time to memorize it.

Extra Activity: Attributes of God

Cut each attribute on dotted line. Wrap each piece of paper around a small candy bar or small toy, and hide them in the house. Let them treasure hunt. After finding  them open them together and discover more of God’s attributes.

Week 1 – What is our only hope in life and death?

Question 1

What is our only hope in life and death?

Answer

That we are not our own but belong to God.

Memory Verse:

“For none of us lives to himself. For if we live we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether live or whether we die. We are the Lord’s.”
Romans 14;7-8

Outline for lesson 1

  1. Open in prayer & then pass out books and explain what catechism means.
  2. Activity: Ask children, what story are these sentences from:
    • The princes’s only hope was to find the owner of the glass slipper. (Cinderella)
    • The rabbit’s only hope was that Mr. Mc Gregor would not find him in the watering can. (The Tale of Peter Rabbit)
    • The children’s only hope was Aslan. (The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe)
    • Ask: What does “their only hope” in the stories mean?
    • Answer: hope often involves trusting somebody or something.
    • Introduce question 1 and the answer
  3. Read Romans 14:7-12.
    • Ask what does verse 8 mean? What does it mean to belong to the Lord? Is it good or bad? Help children to see that most people believe their lives are their own. The Bible tells us everything that we are and have belong to God.

      The Bible says that those who do not believe in Jesus are slaves to sin. In order for slaves to be freed, a price must be paid for their release. Jesus paid the ultimate price for sinners by sacrificing his own life and paying the price for sin on the cross. The Bible says that those who are adopted into God’s family have been bought at a great price, and now their lives belong to God. Tell the children that being God’s child is the most wonderful way to live life. It’s the most joyful, freeing and fulfilling.

      Read verse 12, explain that everyone will answer to God for how they have lived their lives. We are in God’s family because we believe Jesus died for our sins on the cross and rose again. We should want to live fully for him. We trust God in life and death, knowing that he is with us and that he alone is where our certain hope is found.

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