Category Archives: Ages 8-12

Taking care of the earth

God gave Adam a very special job.  Adam got to name all of the animals that were created (Genesis 2:19), and take care of all of the beautiful place God gave him.  In this Garden of Eden, things were good, but God said they were not good enough until Adam had a helper.  Once Eve was created, things were as they should be.

Adam and Eve didn’t have to work hard in the garden to get the trees to produce fruit because the earth was still perfect at that time.  It never even needed to rain because God made water come out of the ground to make the plants grow.  Even though work wasn’t hard for the first humans, God gave them a job to do.

You were created with a purpose too.  You have a job to do that was given to you by God. It’s your own special calling, just like Adam and Eve had.  Jesus had His own special task on the earth too.  Do you know what it was?

Keep up the great work memorizing verses!  Genesis 3:20 “The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.”

Created in God’s image

God created everything from the earth and night and day to the animals and plants that are on the earth.  Then, on a very special day, he created Adam and Eve, the first humans.  Humans are quite different from the other animals and that’s why God made them on their own special day.  Some of the things that are true about God are true about humans, because we’re made in His image.

Adam and Eve could do all sorts of things that animals couldn’t do.  They were able to think in much greater ways than animals, able to speak, able to worship God, and even able to be God’s friend.  Nothing else that God created was able to have these things be true about them.

God wanted Adam and Eve to help each other.  First, He had made Adam only (Genesis 2:7), but He decided that Adam needed a helper and friend, so He made Eve (Genesis 2:18). Adam and his wife walked in the garden together, took care of the animals and plants, and even got to spend time with God.  They were special, unlike all the rest of creation, because they (and you) were made in God’s image.

Here’s the next verse to memorize:  Genesis 3:20 “The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.”

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I need God’s forgiveness

Even though we’ve all been created in the image of God, just like Adam and Eve, this has been ruined some by sin.  When Adam and Eve chose to sin, they made their perfect relationship with God not-so-perfect anymore.  Now, every person that’s come ever since them has needed God’s forgiveness of their sin (through Jesus) just to have a relationship with Him.

You may not think you’ve done anything bad enough to need God’s forgiveness, but the Bible is clear that all of us have sinned and don’t meet up to God’s requirement of perfection (Romans 3:23). It’s also pretty clear that we can be forgiven if we ask (1 John 1:9).  We just have to confess (admit that we’ve done wrong) and ask for His forgiveness, and He’ll give it!  All followers of Jesus Christ can be forgiven.

What have you done today that you know is wrong?  Think about some things and talk to God.  Admit to Him that you’ve done those things and even some others you might not realize and ask for His forgiveness.

Today’s memory verse is 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

I have a purpose

Before He ever created you- before He ever created anything – God had a purpose in mind for you.  He knew what He wanted you to do and He made you perfect for that special job.  Are you really good at something?  God gave you that gift so you could do something for His purpose.

Everything about who you are, what you like, what you’re good at, what you’re not good at, these are all things that God put together into a person to make you.  And He planned all that out before He even made the world!  You’re special in the eyes of God.  No one else is you and no one else is meant to be.  No one else can do exactly what God wants you to do.

It’s not always easy to know what our purpose is, but if we’ll pray, read the Bible to hear from God, and obey Him, we’ll usually find whatever the next step is to become who we’re created to be.  Who do you think God made you to be?  What’s your purpose?

Keep working on Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

I am created in God’s image

God created man and woman in His own image and likeness (Genesis 1:27).  Ok, but, what does that mean exactly?  What does it mean to be in someone’s image?

Have you ever been told that you look just like your mom or dad?  Maybe someone has commented that you look a lot like an aunt or uncle or grandmother or grandfather.  The fact that you look like them is because you’re related, you come from the same family.  You could say that you were made in the image of your parents because you bear their likeness.  Get it yet?

So, we can’t see God.  He’s invisible (1 Timothy 1:17). How can we bear someone’s image if they can’t be seen?  The Bible says that God is spirit.  Animals and plants are not spirit, rocks and dirt are not spirit.  But you and I, humans, are spiritual beings.  It means we can think and we can create things, we can talk and write and we can discover new things.  We can worship God and be in a relationship with Him.  No other thing on this earth can do that but us.

You were created to be close to God.  He wants that from each one of us and it’s why He created people in His image.  Think today about some ways in which you’re different from other created things because you’re a human who is created in the likeness of God.

Keep memorizing Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Who am I?

Did you know that even before He ever created the world, God had a plan just for you (Ephesians 1:4)?  He knew you and loved you before He even created you.  You have a unique identity that’s given to you by God.  Who are you supposed to be?  Who are you?

The Bible tells us a lot of things about who we are and who God expects us to be.  It tells us about being made in God’s image, about having a purpose, about needing God’s forgiveness, and about how we all represent God as His children.  We’ll be looking into each of those things this week.

Start thinking right now about who you think God created you to be.  What plans do you think He has for you?  What will you become?  How will you serve Him now and as you get older?  As you read the Bible verses we cover this week, keep coming back to those questions to see if any of your answers have changed.

Ready for a new verse to memorize?  Here it is: Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Why should I read the Bible?

The Bible is God’s way of talking to us.  You would never get to know a friend very well if you always did all of the talking in the friendship and never let them say anything.  The same is true with God.  If you talk to God by praying, but never listen to Him by reading what He has to say, you won’t get much closer to Him.

The Bible says that everything we ever needed to know about God was revealed in Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1-3), but since Jesus isn’t walking right here with us on earth now, we have to rely on the book that’s about Him – The Bible.  Everything in the BIble is about Jesus.

There are rules we should follow (and these show us that we can’t be perfect but need Jesus – Galatians 3:24), history to learn (and the people and events all lead up to Jesus coming), stories about Jesus himself, and letters to churches that help us all to better understand who Jesus is and why He came.

The Bible is good for teaching us, telling us what we’re doing wrong, telling us what to change, and what we should start doing (2 Timothy 3:16).  We should read it everyday to see what God wants us to know and so we can grow closer to Him.

Do you know 2 Peter 1:20 yet? “knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.”

Are all Bibles the same?

Have you ever been listening to someone who was reading the Bible out loud, trying to follow along in your own Bible, but it seems like everything they’re saying is different?  You know you’re in the right place, but nothing they’re saying is in your Bible.  That’s because there are different translations of the original documents that were put together to form one Bible.

The books of the Bible were written in languages like Hebrew and Greek. Many people who study the Bible as part of their job find different meanings to words from the original languages used, so we end up with different Bibles in the English language.  So who is right about the real meanings?  That’s a hard question to answer.

People sometimes argue about which Bible translation is correct, but they forget two things.  1) God is the author of the Bible, it says what He intends it to say. 2) God is the interpreter of the Bible within our hearts. He can help us to understand what He wants to say to us, even if a certain translation does get the meaning wrong.

All Bibles are not the same, but God always remains the same no matter how many years pass.  What He wanted the people of long ago to know, He wants us to know.  Our job is to ask Him to help us understand and then read with an open heart.

Here’s a new verse to memorize: 2 Peter 1:20 “knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.”

How can I know the Bible is true?

There are a lot of books out there and many of them say different things that don’t agree with each other.  It’s hard to know which one is right!  The same is true in religious books.  Christians rely on the Bible as our way of knowing what God is like and what He expects from us.  Other religions say that the Bible isn’t true.  How can we know that it is?

There are a few ways that people who study the Bible use to test if its correct.  They look at the events and people from history mentioned in the Bible to make sure they actually happened and existed.  We’re also able to look at the predictions in the Bible and see that most of them have already come true.  God keeps all of His promises and He cannot lie!

Another way we can know that the Bible is true is because the Bible says so.  Now, some think this doesn’t make sense and lots of other books would claim that they’re true too.  But nothing in the Bible contradicts anything else that the Bible says.  It all supports itself.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says that God authored the Bible and that we can trust it.  Hebrews 4:12 says that the Holy Spirit speaks to us through the Bible.  There are a ton of verses in God’s Word that help to understand this more, but let’s stick with these for now.  Can you find any more by doing your own search?

Keep working on memorizing 1 Peter 1:25 “but the word of the Lord remains forever. And this word is the good news that was preached to you.”  Do you have it yet?