Monday, March 5, 2018

How to Teach Your Kids About Man

The following is part of a project that I'm working on to help parents disciple their kids.  I'm taking each question from the Home Discipleship Catechism and writing a short lesson that parents can read to their kids.  The bold text is the question; the underlined portion is the answer from the catechism, followed by the explanation.  At the bottom you will also find Questions for Discussion and verses For Further Study.  I hope to post a new lesson every Monday.  You can download the Home Discipleship Catechism for free HERE.

Question 4:  Where did we come from?

God created people, both male and female, in His own image to glorify Him.  But because of the fall we are inclined to sin.

You are not an accident.  You are not here by chance.  You are not even here because your parents decided to have children.  You are the product of divine decision and intention.  God created you, just as he created every human being.  You are not the product of evolution.  Your ancestors are not monkeys.  Your ancient ancestors are Noah and his wife, and before them, Adam and Eve, the very first human beings.  God made you.  Genesis 2:7 (CSB) says, “Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being.”  After creating the heavens and the earth, the plants and the animals, on the sixth day of creation God made people.
God created humans being as either male or female, man or woman, boy or girl.  Genesis 1:27 (CSB) says, “So God created man in his own image; he created him in the image of God; he created them male and female.”  There are only two genders, male and female.  Your gender is fixed, not fluid.  You cannot change your gender, nor can you choose your gender.  Your gender was chosen for you by God before you were conceived.  Your gender is not determined by how you feel, but by how God made you – either male or female.

God created people in His image.  This means that people are created to reflect God’s character.  This is our purpose in life – to display God’s goodness and greatness through our lives.  This is called glorifying God.  1 Corinthians 10:31 (CSB) says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”

Since human beings are the only one of God’s creation that are made in His image, this means that people are different than animals and plants.  God made mankind to be in charge of creation, to care for creation, and make use of the world’s resources.  All of creation is to be used for man’s benefit, but we must be sure that we don’t waste or destroy creation.  Genesis 1:28 (CSB) says, “God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth.’” 

Being created in God’s image also means that human beings are infinitely more valuable than plants and animals.  We must not injure or disrespect people in any way.  Instead God commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves.  Matthew 6:26 (CSB) says, “Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?”

Although human beings were created to glorify God, because of the Fall we are inclined to sin.  The Fall is what we call the terrible event when Adam and Eve broke God’s command, causing sin to corrupt the entire world and to infect every human being.  Rather than desiring to please God, our natural desire is to please ourselves, even if it means sinning against God.  As a result the image of God in man is broken and hard to see.  But when we are saved through faith in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit begins the process of transforming us so that we may once again reflect God’s image and glorify Him in all that we say and do. 

Questions for Discussion:  

  1. Who made you?
  2. Why were you created?
  3. How many genders are there?  
  4. Which gender are you?  How do you know?
  5. What does it mean that people are made in the image of God?
  6. What is the difference between people and the rest of creation?
  7. What is wrong with mankind?
  8. What is God’s solution to fix mankind?

For Further Study:

  1. Genesis 1:26-31
  2. Genesis 2:7
  3. Genesis 2:15-25
  4. Genesis 3:8-10 
  5. Genesis 3:17-19
  6. Ps 8:5-8
  7. Psalm 139
  8. Ecclesiastes 12:13
  9. Micah 6:8
  10. John 3:16
  11. Romans 3:10-18, 23
  12. 1 Corinthians 10:31

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