The Captives Came Home

Sunday, January 12, 2020

In the first two sessions of this unit, we have seen a common thread of God’s glory. God created everything, including people, to display His glory. In this session, we want to make sure that our kids understand what that means. What is God’s glory? 

God’s glory can be thought of as God’s greatness. The Bible often uses the picture of a brilliant white light when it comes to God’s glory. When Moses came down from Mount Sinai after spending time with God, his face shone. When Jesus was transfigured, He shined like a brilliant white light. And when Paul encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus, he saw a blinding light. Such an intense light helps us understand how pure and powerful God’s glory is. 

But we don’t just see God’s glory revealed in bright light. In this session, we looked at a Psalm that King David wrote many years after Adam and Eve. David used creation to speak of God’s glory. For David, it was easy to see God’s glory—at least its fingerprints—all around him.

If you have ever looked up into the heavens on a clear, dark night, maybe you have sensed it too as you consider all the stars that cannot be counted and think that each is a giant sun, like ours—only our sun is relatively modest in comparison—and that they stretch over billions and billions and trillions and trillions of miles. And that is just what we can see! 

Or maybe you have caught a glimpse of God’s glory as you looked over a stunning mountain range or walked on a beach. Creation is full of beauty, wonder, and power—all of which hints at the greater beauty, wonder, and power of the Creator who made it all. God is glorious indeed. 

But one of the greatest ways we can know of God’s glory is that the Creator who made everything not only made us too, but wants to have a friendship with us. That is why He gave us the Bible—so that we might come to know Him, love Him, and live for Him. 

As you talk with your kids, seek to leave them in awe of how big and how good and how loving God is. 

Check out The Gospel Project At Home for resources designed to help you lead a family worship experience as well as suggestions for morning and evening prayer times and family activities.

FAMILY TALKING POINTS

CHRIST CONNECTION

This is the big idea of how this week’s Bible story points to Jesus.

  • Babies & Toddlers: All creation shows God is great.
  • Younger Preschool: All of creation shows how great God is. Jesus is God. Jesus is the best way we can know how great God is.
  • Older Preschool: All of creation shows how great God is. Jesus is God. Jesus is the best way we can know how great God is.
  • Kids: All of creation displays the glory of God—how great He is—although not perfectly. The perfect revelation of God’s glory is found in Jesus, who came to show us exactly what God is like. Because Jesus is God, He is the perfect display of God’s glory. 

BIG PICTURE QUESTION & ANSWER

This is an important biblical truth that your child will encounter each week of this unit. 

  • Younger Preschool: Why did God create everything? God created everything to show He is great.
  • Older Preschool: Why did God create everything? God created everything for His glory.
  • Kids: Why did God create everything? God created everything for His glory and our good. 

KEY PASSAGE

This is a Bible verse that relates to what your child will encounter each week of this unit. 

  • Babies & Toddlers:The heavens show God is great! — Psalm 19:1
  • Younger Preschool: The heavens show God is great! — Psalm 19:1
  • Older Preschool: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the expanse proclaims the work of his hands. — Psalm 19:1 
  • Kids: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the expanse proclaims the work of his hands. — Psalm 19:1

** Next week: Sin Entered the World (Genesis 3)