The wonders of the universe amaze even the keenest of human minds. Who is responsible for such marvelous and breathtaking creativity? God is the Creator of all these marvelous wonders.
Lesson 1: September 2, 2018
God Created the Heavens and Earth
Bible Background • GENESIS 1:1–13
Printed Text • GENESIS 1:1–13 | Devotional Reading • PSALM 33:1–9
Words You Should Know
A.Firmamentraqiya‘ (Heb.)—Heaven, sky.
B. Spiritruakh (Heb.)—Wind, breath.
Unifying Principle—Out of the Darkness.
The wonders of the universe amaze even the keenest of human minds. Who is responsible for such marvelous and breathtaking creativity? Genesis 1 tells us that God is the Creator of all these marvelous wonders.
A. Read the Bible Background and Devotional Readings.
B. Pray for your students and for lesson clarity.
C. Read the lesson Scripture in multiple translations.
D. Invite members of the class to bring nature pictures they have taken and work together to create a display that your faith community can enjoy. Provide opportunities for them to identify the images and explain how they affirm their faith in the Creator God. Suggest that they label the images with qualities and characteristics of God that the images reflect: strength, beauty, love, care, faithfulness, for example.
O—Open the Lesson
A. Begin the class with prayer.
B. Have the students read the Aim for Change.
C. Ask students how events in the story can weigh on their hearts and how they can view these events from a theological perspective.
D. Have students read the In Focus Story.
P—Present the Scriptures
A. Read the Focal Verses and discuss the Background and The People, Places, and Times sections.
B. Have the class share what Scriptures jump out for them and why, with particular emphasis on today’s context.
E—Explore the Meaning
A. Use More Light on the Text to help stimulate in-depth discussion of the lesson text.
B. Discuss the Liberating Lesson and Application for Activation sections
N—Next Steps for Application
A. Summarize the value of knowing God as Sovereign Creator.
B. End class with a commitment to pray for families, natural resources, and scientists.
For the Superintendent or Teacher
Theme: God Created the Heavens and Earth
Song: “Holy Holy Holy”
Devotional Reading: Psalm 33:1–9