For an introduction to this series read this.
We continue this week working through the Apostles’ Creed line by line.
Memorization for this Week
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
Thoughts for Discussion with Children
What is the best thing you have ever built using Legos or blocks? What if I took away all of your Legos or blocks and left you with nothing? Do you think you could still build it? Have you ever created something out of nothing?
If we ever make something, we always have to have something to start with that we can use to make it. But what did God have with him before he made the world? Did he have a lot of dirt, grass, water, and rocks lying around that he used to build the earth (like you do with Legos or blocks)? No, he had nothing with him at all!
So how did God create the world (and not only this world, but all of the other stars and planets out there)? He simply spoke them into existence! That’s how powerful God’s word is: he can simply speak, and what he says happens. And when God spoke it into existence, he then ordered what he had spoken into a design that was just what he wanted, much the same way that you might move blocks or Legos around on what you have made in order to make it look just the way you want it.
How powerful must God be if he can speak a whole universe into being? Is there anything that such a God can’t do? No, there isn’t. God is all-powerful, which means he can accomplish absolutely anything that he wants.
But is that good news for us? If God can do anything he wants, and he is against us because of our sin, then that is actually very bad news. It means that all of his power might be used against us, and there would be nothing we could do about it because God can do anything he wants. If God is not a God of love, then his power should terrify us!
But let’s remember what we said about God last week: that he is the Father Almighty. We talked about how he has always been a father as the Father of his eternal Son, which means he is a God of love. And because he is the Father of the Son, he can also become our Father by adopting us into his family. So, if God is your Father (because you believe in Jesus his Son), then the fact that he has all power is very good news for you. If your Father loves you and wants good for you, and if he has the power to do anything he wants, is there any way that he will fail to do good for you? No, absolutely not! If you are a child of God, God will bless you with all the wonderful things he wants for you, because nothing will be able to stop him. That doesn’t mean bad things won’t happen in this world. But it does mean that through all of these bad things, God’s plan to bless his children will not fail, and in the end his children will have the greatest blessings imaginable. Think about what a wonderful God he is, and try to remember to pray to him everyday, giving him thanks for all that he has done for you and asking him to help you with all that you need.
Suggested verses to read this week: Genesis 1:1-2:3; Psalm 104 (select verses or the whole psalm); Hebrews 11:1-3; Romans 8:31-39.