God Created the World
In the beginning, nothing existed except for God. God created the heavens and the earth. The earth had no shape, and darkness covered the earth. The Spirit of God was there, hovering over the waters.
God spoke: “Let there be light!” What God said happened. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and He called the darkness “night.” Evening came, and then morning came. That was the first day.
God spoke again: “Let there be a space between the waters to separate them.” What God said happened. He made a space between the water that was on the earth and the water above the earth. God called the space “sky.” Evening came, and then morning came. That was the second day.
God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear.” What God said happened. God called the dry land “earth,” and He called the gathered water “seas.” God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth make plants and trees with fruits and seeds.” What God said happened. Plants and trees grew according to their kinds, and God saw that it was good. Evening came, and then morning came. That was the third day.
Next, God placed lights in the sky. God created the sun to shine during the day and the moon and stars to shine at night. God gave us lights to shine on the earth, to separate day from night, and to help us track time in days and years. God saw that it was good. Evening came, and then morning came. That was the fourth day.
Next, God made creatures that move and swim in the water. He made birds to flap their wings and soar across the sky. God saw that it was good. God told the animals to multiply, and they filled the seas and the sky. Evening came, and then morning came. That was the fifth day.
Then God made more animals—livestock, creatures that crawl, and wildlife—to live on the earth according to their kinds. When God said it, it happened. And God saw that all of it was good.
God Created the World
Jesus is Lord over all of creation. The Son has always existed. The Bible says everything was created by Him and for Him, and He holds everything together. All of creation exists to bring God glory.
Family Discussion Questions
- What are some ways creation can teach us about God?
- Why does God deserve all our worship?
- Do you think God wants us to explore and understand His creation?
Created Things Face Off
-Form two lines of kids.
-Invite the first kid in each line to step forward and face each other.
-Name a category (Examples: fruits, birds, fish, mammals, nuts). The kid who thinks of a fitting item first will say the item.
-The other kid will have 15 seconds to name a different item that also fits the category.
-If she is successful, the first kid must now think of a third item.
-When one kid is unable to think of an item, the other team gains a point.
-Select the next kids from each team and play again with a new category.
-Play until all kids have had a turn. The team with the most points wins.
"It’s hard to think of all the things God created, especially in a pinch! Imagine how amazing God must be to have created all those things out of nothing! God didn’t just remember them, but created them out of nothing at all. Not even the idea of a fruit existed until God thought of it. We’ll talk more about that soon."