Christian Churches of God
Who is God?
(Edition 1.0 20070204-20070204)
In this lesson we will review the study paper Who is God? (No. CB1). The aim is to teach the children what the Bible has to say about the One True God.
Who is God?
To familiarize the children with answers to their questions about God. Who He is, and what He is like, are among the concepts discussed.
1. Teach the children what the Bible says about God.
2. Help the children become familiar with characteristics or attributes of God.
3. Help the children to know God.
4. Teach the children how we can know what pleases God and how to worship Him.
Deuteronomy 6:4 ďHear, O Israel:† The Lord our God, the Lord is one!Ē
Open with prayer.
Lesson on Who is God? Ė interactive questions with the children.
Activity associated with the lesson.
Close with prayer.
Q1.† ††† Who has always existed?
A. †††††† God the Father.
Q2.† ††† What does it mean to always exist?
A. †††††† Before time began, God was.† He didnít need anything to give Him energy or life.† He is both eternal and immortal.
Q3.† ††† What do the words eternal and immortal mean?
A. †††††† Eternal life, whether in Christ or anybody else, is totally dependent upon the Father who alone is immortal.† Immortality means a living being cannot die.† We know from the Bible that God the Father cannot die (1Tim. 6:16).† He alone is immortal, but He gave immortality to Jesus Christ when he was resurrected and He will give it to us when we are resurrected.† Eternal is forever.† Jesus Christ is now immortal, and the elect will become immortal, but they are not eternal because they have a beginning.
A. †††††† When God began to create.
A. †††††† The Most High God (Mk. 5:7), Eloah (Prov. 30:4-5) Yahovih and Yahovah of Hosts (see also SHD 3068 and 3069).
Q6.† ††† Who is Alpha and Omega?†
A. †††††† God.†
A. †††††† It is like saying A and Z Ė the beginning and the end.† These are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.
Q8.† ††† Is anyone else in the Bible called Alpha and Omega?†
A. †††††† Yes, in Revelation 22:16 Jesus Christ is called the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.† He is given these titles as delegated power from God when he returns as the Morning Star.
Q9.† ††† Is there anything that God doesnít know?
A. †††††† No. 1John 3:20 tells us that God knows everything.
Q10.† † Do all of the Spirit beings know everything?
A. †††††† No. Only God the Father knows everything.† Even Jesus Christ told the disciples that he didnít know the day he would return Ė only God knows what day it will be.
A. †††††† No, Matthew 5:48 tells us that God is perfect.
Q12.† † What else does the Bible say is perfect?
A. †††††† Godís Law (Ps. 19:7).
Q13.† † Can you think of a few other examples of Godís characteristics?
A. †††††† God is good (Ps. 25:8), God is love (1Jn. 4:8), God is holy (Lev. 19:2), God is righteous (Ps. 116:5) and God is truth (Deut. 32:4).
A. †††††† Holy, righteous, goodness, perfect, truth.
Q.15.† Has anyone ever seen God or heard his voice?
A. †††††† No (Jn. 1:18).
Q16.† † If no one has ever heard Godís voice, who then was talking to Moses?
A. †††††† The Angel of Yahovah, who later became Jesus Christ.
Q17.† † Do we know what God looks like?
A. †††††† Not exactly, but the Bible does give us some hints. God is described as unapproachable light (1Tim. 6:16). Only God lives forever! And He lives in light that no one can come near. No human has ever seen God or ever can see Him. God will be honoured, and His power will last forever. (CEV)
Q18.† † Where does God live?
A. †††††† In the heaven of heavens. Godís Throne is in the sides of the north from Isaiah 14:13, and 2Corinthians 12:2 tells us it is in the third Heaven.
A. †††††† No, God will come and live on Earth after the Millennium once Jesus Christ has firmly established his government.
Q20.† † What is one way we can know that God exists?
A. †††††† Look around.† Romans 1:20 tells us, ďEver since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been madeÖ(RSV)
A. †††††† God the Father.
Q22.† † Is it ok to pray to Jesus Christ sometimes?
A. †††††† No.† Jesus Christ teaches us to pray to God the Father.† Although Jesus Christ is called a god (elohim), he is never referred to as the One True God, or God Almighty.
Q23. †† When we pray to God the Father, should we pray the Lordís Prayer all together?†
A. †††††† No, what is commonly referred to as the Lordís Prayer was a model prayer that Jesus Christ used to teach his disciples.† He taught them how they should pray, not that they should say the same words over and over.
Q24.† † What about praying to Mary (more correctly called Mariam) or other saints.† Is that ok?
A. †††††† No. Any other object of worship such as idols, dead saints, Mary, etc. are false gods and we should never pray to them.
Q25. †† What Commandment would we be breaking by praying to others?
A. †††††† The First: You shall have no other gods before me.
Q26.† † Is Godís way of life hard?
A. †††††† Sometimes it might seem that way.† But actually, Godís way of life is perfect.† We must learn to trust and obey God and know that He will protect us† (Ps. 18:30; Prov. 30:5).
Who is God?
Supplies:† Card stock or poster board (enough to make a cube for each child); tape; markers; blue paper
Cubes: †Pre-cut white pieces of card stock or poster board to make a cube (see pattern below). Make enough so you will have one for each child. See the following web sites below for ideas.
Attributes of God: †You will need to complete enough so that each child will have six.† On small pieces of blue paper write an attribute of God with the corresponding scripture.† Place them in alphabetical order so it will be easier to find it when the time comes.
Poster Board:† Hang a poster board near the children so they will be able to tape their attribute on the poster board.† Draw enough lines so that each child will have space for six attributes and this should help them find a spot.
Have each child make a cube out of white pre-cut paper, but leave one side open so they can place something in the middle.† Give each child five pieces of paper and have them write Holy, Righteous, Goodness, Perfect, Truth with one word on each paper.† These will be placed in the interior of the cube.† Now, close the cube and tape it shut.
Go around the room and, one at a time, have each child give one attribute of God.† Find the attribute in your stack and give it to the child.† Give them the scripture in the Bible that describes that particular attribute of God and have them write the attribute and scripture reference on their cube while you are asking the next child for an attribute.
Do this for each child six times.† If they canít think of one they can pick from the stack.† When they have six attributes on their cube (one on each side) have them try to remember the five centralities that they placed inside their cube.
When you are finished with the cubes, have the children tape their blue pieces of paper with the attributes on the poster so it can be displayed for the adults.
Close with prayer