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BIG GOD STORY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

What are some beautiful things God created?
What do you think it was like to walk with God in the garden?
How do you think God felt when Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?
Who is the Redeemer God promised to send?
How did God pay for our sin? (Ephesians 1:7)
What do you look forward to in heaven?
 

MEMORY VERSE

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.
Deuteronomy 7:9

DAYS OF CREATION GRAZING BOARD

THIS WEEK

God Redeems
Need for a Redeemer
Genesis 1—3

DID YOU KNOW?

  • “Genesis,” which means “origin,” explains how God created everything in the universe.
  • God gave the first humans the full responsibility over the earth and animals.
  • Adam and Eve gave up the right to live in perfect harmony with God when they chose to sin.
  • After Adam and Eve sinned, God immediately showed them His perfect love by promising to send the Redeemer.

CONNECT AS A FAMILY

Read this part of The Big God Story outside, preferably in a park or garden. Take some time to look around at God’s creation—trees, clouds, birds, flowers, insects, and more. Then read Genesis 1—3.

After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:

  • If you could have been there on any of the days of creation, which day would you choose? Why?
  • Talk together about how God “covered” Adam and Eve when they sinned.
  • Discuss how God, in His perfect love for us, covered our sin by sending His Son as our Redeemer.

These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how God redeems into your everyday life as a family.

 

NEXT WEEK

God Keeps His Word
The Flood
Genesis 6:5—9:17

DID YOU KNOW?

  •  God sent the flood to judge mankind for how wicked they had become.
  • God protected Noah, his family, and all of the animals in the ark while it rained for 40 days and 40 nights.
  • Noah’s family stayed in the ark for more than a year before God told them to open the doors and come out.
  • God promised to never again flood the earth. He gave us the rainbow to remind us He keeps His word.

CONNECT AS A FAMILY

Grab some white paper and colored markers and gather your family. Have each family member draw a beautiful rainbow. As you draw, encourage each person to share a story about a time she saw a rainbow. Then read Genesis 7—8 and 9:12–17. Discuss any new things you heard in this part of The Big God Story.

After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:

  • How do you think Noah felt when God chose him to build the ark?
  • Why did God send a rainbow?
  • What can we be reminded of when we see a rainbow?

These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how God keeps His word into your everyday life as a family.

SUMMER CHALLENGE

Read Matthew 5:13-16 together as a family.
 
We have spent this summer learning about the Fruit of the Spirit as a family. When we choose to show love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, God is honored and glorified. Matthew 5:16 says, “…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
 
Read the definitions we used this summer for each Fruit of the Spirit. How is choosing to practice love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control “letting your light shine?” Why do you think God wants us to choose to live out the Fruits of the Spirit?

LOVE

Love is a choice to care for the needs of others no matter what.

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Love Prayer Guide

 

JOY

Joy is a choice to trust God’s promises.

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Joy Prayer Guide

PATIENCE

Patience is a choice to trust God’s timing.

FAMILY GUIDE

 

Patience Prayer Guide

 

PEACE

Peace is a choice to trust God’s power.

FAMILY GUIDE

 

 

KIDNESS

Kindness is a choice to treat others as children of God.

FAMILY GUIDE

 

GOODNESS

Goodness is a choice to seek after God’s heart in all you do.

FAMILY GUIDE

 

GENTLENESS

Gentleness is a choice to put others before yourself.

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FAITHFULNESS

Faithfulness is a choice to keep your heart with God’s heart.

FAMILY GUIDE

 

SELF-CONTROL 

Self-control is a choice to seek God’s way over our selfish way.

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OTHER RESOURCES

MINUTE WITH GOD

A 1-minute devotion for families!

JULY 29

Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is.
1 John 3:2
 
 What do you most look forward to about being fully like Jesus?
 
Thank God that you are His child and that He is creating you to be whole, just like Jesus.

JULY 30

They will see His face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
Revelation 22:4
 
What do you imagine it will be like to see Jesus?
 
Tell Jesus that you love Him and you look forward to seeing His face.

JULY 31

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Matthew 6:25–26
 
What are some things that cause you anxiety?
 
Tell God some things that make you anxious, and ask Him to help you know how valuable you are to Him.
 

AUGUST 1

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Psalm 19:1
 
What makes the glory of God so important in our prayer life?
 
Spend your prayer time
taking turns expressing your adoration for God and His glory.

AUGUST 2

For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm! God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.
Do you trust the Lord to keep his promises to you?
Psalm 47:7–8
 
 What do king, reign, and throne tell us about God?
 
Thank God that He is in charge even in uncertain days.
 

AUGUST 3

 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1:7
 
Are your sins all cleansed?
 
Confess any sin that comes to mind that you need to confess, and thank God for His forgiveness of all of your sins.

AUGUST 4

 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever!1 Chronicles 16:34
 
How has God been good and loving to you and your family?
 
Thank God For His love, His blessings, and His goodness.

AUGUST 5

But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
Matthew 10:30
 
What does this verse tell you about God and you?
 
Thank God that He cares enough to know everything about you.

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