Order-Discovering: God is the God of all things.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
And God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
Did you know that the Bible is more than a collection of stories about God and his people? It is actually one Story, an epic story. Author Sally Lloyd Jones describes it this way:
The Bible isn’t a book of rules or heroes. The Bible is most of all a story. It’s an adventure story about a young hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave prince who leaves his palace, his throne—everything—to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life. You see the best thing about this Story is—it’s true . . . There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one big story. The story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them. It takes the whole Bible to tell this story (The Jesus Storybook Bible—Every Story Whispers His Name, Sally Lloyd-Jones, p. 17).
Theologians often describe the Story of God in four parts—Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. This is the outline of God’s Epic Story as told in the Bible. One of the important tasks Christians have is to recognize that their story is a part of God’s story. What they do, who they are, how they work and serve, is all a part of God’s story as God’s kingdom comes in our world and prepares us for the Restored Creation—a new heaven and a new earth.
The next four episodes of Kids Corner are written with this in mind—creation, fall, redemption, and restoration. Of course it can’t possibly tell God’s story adequately, but it is an imaginative attempt to illustrate the story with Liz and his friends. We hope that this will prompt discussion with you and your children about God’s Epic Story and why God sent Jesus to our world, and to recognize your place in the story.
We start with Creation . . .
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What is being built outside of Terrene?
A. A big dome-like structure.
Q. What do Cole and Spike think it is?
A. A football stadium.
Q. What do they find when they sneak in?
A. A beautiful garden.
Q. Who do they meet there?
A. A professor.
Q. What is the professor trying to do?
A. To create a perfect environment where he can find a cure for diseases that exist outside the dome.
Q. What is missing from this wonderful world?
A. Disease, decay, and death.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Read through Genesis 1 & 2. What does it mean when the Bible says that all God created was good? What does it mean that the Bible says that when God created humans God said that they were very good?
While humans no longer can be called “very good” because of sin, we must remember that when God created them he considered them very good. That means that when God created you he had something very good in mind. Read these passages with your family: Psalm 139: 13-16; Jeremiah 1: 5; and Ephesians 2: 10. In Christ this is how God views and values us.
God created people good and in his own image, that is, in true righteousness and holiness, so that they might truly know God their creator, love him with all their heart, and live with him in eternal happiness for his praise and glory (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 3, A. 6).