Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Target Vocabulary: being, belief, communication, concept, divine, essence, exist, faith, God, heaven, holy, idea, Jesus, name, nature, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, prayer, triune, worship
The Concept of God
Various cultures and belief systems refer to God’s essence or nature in different ways. My personal view/belief is that God is a triune God – meaning God is one, but also represented in three persons: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.
Following are some suggestions that can be used to encourage discussions on this topic:
Who is God? ~ Some things the child might consider or have been taught to think of is God in the form of: a personification, a supernatural being, a divine or holy being, a spirit, etc. How does the child describe who God is?
What are some names for God? ~ Different religious beliefs refer to the God figure with different names. It all depends on the belief system the child is accustomed to. What name(s) does the child have for God?
Forms of communication with God ~ God is generally understood as one who wishes to have communion/communication/relationship with us. That is usually reflected in how we communicate with or relate to God. Some common forms of communication include: prayer, thanksgiving, worship, etc. How does the child communicate with God?
Where does God exist/live? ~ Sometimes God can have such a grand image that children might interpret that to mean God has an unreachable or distant aspect to His presence. For instance, some might think God is in heaven (out beyond the clouds in the sky), while others perceive God in a much closer way, such as all around or inside us. Where does the child believe God exists? Does the child feel the presence of God in their life? Ask them to share about it.
Define the terms: omnipresent (present everywhere at all times), omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful) and how they have been used to describe God. What does the child believe?
Ways God speaks to us ~ Many believe that just as we communicate with God, so does God communicate with or speak to us. These are some of the ways people have experienced the voice of God: in spirit, through experiences, in dreams or visions, through scriptures, through messengers (such as prophets and angels), through our gut feeling or intuition, etc. How or when does the child hear God speaking in their life?
Thanksgiving ~ This word conjures up a stereotypical image of a family gathering around a table with a turkey in November. And while that image is a good example of the act of giving thanks, it should not be the only one. Ask the child if they believe it is important to thank God for things in their life and why. What are some ways of giving thanks? What are some things they are thankful for?: family, health, home, the world, etc.
Read stories, sing songs or make art and crafts about God. Let the child explore artistic expressions of God by creating images of God in their own unique and personal way.