Q4 - How and why did God create us? - Family Discipleship Tool

NEW CITY CATECHISM QUESTION
How and why did God create us?

PLAY A FUN FAMILY ACTIVITY
Mirror Charades:
Mirror charades is basically the same game as charades, except two people get up to act out a word or activity, instead of one.
How to Play:
  1. Write down charades activities or words on pieces of paper, fold up the pieces of paper, and put them in a hat or bowl (examples: Building a sandcastle, unwrapping a gift, chasing a tornado).
  2. For each round, designate two people to be the “charaders”. 
  3. Have one of the two designated charaders draw a charade activity out of the hat.  That person knows what they are acting out and performs the charade behind everyone else who is trying to guess. The other person gets up in front of everyone guessing, but does not know what they are trying to act out. Their role is to simply mimic the first person who is behind everyone else, since they are the only one who can see them.  The person in front of everyone is also trying to guess what they are acting out just as much as the people guessing are.  
  4. For each subsequent round, mix up the two charaders who are acting out and draw a different charade activity card.

ENGAGE SOME ICEBREAKER QUESTIONS TOGETHER
  • Share something one of your favorite things about one of your family members (i.e. a character trait, a skill, etc). 
  • Think of and share about time when you felt really alive.

READ GENESIS 1:27
Genesis 1:26-31 (NIRV)

"Then God said, “Let us make human beings so that they are like us. Let them rule over the fish in the seas and the birds in the sky. Let them rule over the livestock and all the wild animals. And let them rule over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created human beings in his own likeness. He created them to be like himself. He created them as male and female.

God blessed them. He said to them, “Have children so that there will be many of you. Fill the earth and bring it under your control. Rule over the fish in the seas and the birds in the sky. Rule over every living creature that moves along the ground.” Then God said, “I am giving you every plant on the face of the whole earth that produces its own seeds. I am giving you every tree that has fruit with seeds in it. All of them will be given to you for food.  I am giving every green plant as food for all the land animals and for all the birds in the sky. I am also giving the plants to all the creatures that move along the ground. I am giving them to every living thing that breathes.” And that’s exactly what happened. God saw everything he had made. And it was very good. There was evening, and there was morning. It was day six.

READ THE CATECHISM QUESTION
How and why did God create us?

God created us male and female, in his image, to know him, love him, live with him, and glorify him.   And it is right that we who were created by God should live for his glory.  

WATCH THE TEACHING VIDEO
RESPONSE TIME
Select one family member to take notes.
  • Ask “What are ways that we can know God?” 
  • Discuss and make a list of one way that each family member can “live to glorify God” in his or her life. 
  • Take it a step further! Throughout this week, try to do the one thing that you wrote down.  

PRAY
God, thank you that you created each of us for a specific purpose, to know you and glorify you.  Thank you that you created us each in your image, to look like you!  Holy Spirit, will you help us throughout the week to notice ways that we can live to glorify you?

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