Conversation Starters: One Great Creator
Posted by Karah
THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: How did we get here? Some people wrongly assume this question only has two views: science has the answer in evolution or religion has the answer in faith. Many scientists, however, hold to neither evolution nor faith, but they believe in an Intelligent Designer. Intelligent design presents a stronger argument than the random, purposelessness found in evolution. The Bible goes beyond talking about an intelligent designer; it gives us a picture of the character of the Creator.
Concept: God Created Everything
LIFE POINT: In the beginning God made the world. The world was dark and empty. God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. He called the light day and the dark night. He made the first morning, the first evening, and the first day. On the second day, God separated the water. He called the space above the water sky. The night came and then a new day. On the third day, God spoke, and there was land and water gathered in place on the earth. He filled the land with all kinds of trees and plants. He made trees that grow fruit and plants that make seeds. God saw it was good. The night came and a new day. On the fourth day, God said, “Let there be lights in the sky.” He made the moon and stars to give light at night. He made a brighter light, the sun, to give us light for the day. God looked at everything He had made and saw it was good.
LIVE IT OUT: Late springs and early summer are great times for outdoor exploring. Use these times outdoors to call attention to all that God has made. Take time to pray with your child and thank God for His creation.
LIFE POINT: The world was dark. God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. He called the light “day” and the dark “night.” On the second day God separated the sky from the water. On the third day, God made the dry land. Then God spoke and trees and plants of all kinds were created. God placed in the sky the sun for day and the moon and stars for night. This was His work on the fourth day. God spoke and the water was filled with every kind of fish and water creature. The sky was filled with birds. The fifth day ended. On the sixth day, God made every kind of creature that lived on the land. God made people: male and female. He created them to be in His own image—to be like Him.
Creation was complete. God saw everything that He had made and saw that it was good. And on the seventh day, God rested.
LIVE IT OUT: Talk with your child about ways to take care of God’s creation. Discuss different areas—
animals or plants—that she is most interested in. Develop a strategy together for a project your child can
Psalm 33:6-9, 13-15; Colossians 1:15-17
THE POINT: God created us and knows each of us.
• How does accepting the reality of a Creator affect our lives?
• Where do we see evidence of God’s care and concern in shaping our hearts?
• How do these verses impact your understanding of what it means to follow Jesus?
Discuss the following quote:
“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”1—Abraham Kuyper
LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to take practical steps to take his or her faith and Live It Out. Here are some ways you can encourage your students to live out their faith with Christ personally, in community, and in their culture:
• CHRIST: Work alongside your student to find ways that God is working all around you and in you each day.
• COMMUNITY: Humanity was designed to live in community and encourage each other to grow in faith together. Gather a group together this week to study how creation reflects God’s love.
• CULTURE: We have been made in God’s image, and as His children, we can reflect Christ’s love for the world to see. Discuss how this may look in your daily life with your student.
1. “Abraham Kuyper > Quotes,” Goodreads [online], [accessed 1 February 2016]. Available from the Internet: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/385896.Abraham_Kuyper.