Drawing from the Well, 4/18/16

For an introduction to this series, read this.

The Apostles’ Creed is a brief summary of the Christian faith, with three main sections: one about God the Father, one about God the Son, and one about God the Holy Spirit, the church, salvation,  and eternal life. Its brevity makes it easy to memorize and still gain a fairly comprehensive vision of the whole Christian story. Here is the creed in its totality:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of Heaven and Earth;

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. The third day he rose from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there he shall come to judge the living the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

In this session of “Drawing from the Well,” we will begin with the first half of the first line.

Memorization for this Week

I believe in God the Father Almighty.

Thoughts for Discussion with Children

Why do we call God “Father”? Is it because he is our Father? That may be so, but what about the time before he created anything? Was he still God the Father way back then?

In fact, he was! The Bible teaches that even though there is only one God, this God has always been three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. So that means there was never a time when the Son was not there. And if the Son was always there, that means God the Father was always a father. He never had to learn how to be a father. That is simply who he is and always has been.

What is a good father like? Of course, a good father loves his children deeply and seeks what is good for them. And we know that God is not merely a good father, he must be the best of all fathers. That means he has always been someone who loves deeply and seeks the good of another. Before he created anything, God the Father loved God the Son in the Holy Spirit. There was never a time when God did not love, because love is simply who he is.

So if that is the way God the Father relates to his Son, how do you think he relates to us? With love. God became our Father, first by creating us to be his children, and then, when we had run away from him through our sin, by adopting us back into his family through his Son Jesus. But what I hope you understand is that the only way God could be this kind of Father to us is because he was already (even before he created anything) the most loving Father imaginable to his Son.

When you say, “I believe in God the Father Almighty,” remember what it means to say that God is “Father.” It means God is love.

Suggested verses to read this week: Matthew 3:13-17; John 5:19-24; 17:24; 1 John 4:8.

 

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