Today we started a new unit on Purity! God describes Himself as holy, pure, and perfect a lot in the Bible. Psalm 12:6 says, “The Lord’s promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over.” We can take great comfort in knowing a God who never changes, and who is always pure and perfect! Other examples include Leviticus 11:45, Deuteronomy 23:14, and 1 John 3:3. Since God is perfect and pure, we can trust that He does not ever make mistakes. This is an important truth to remember!
PURITY: A life that reflects a heart washed clean by God
MEMORY VERSE: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 (NIV)
This Week’s Finish Line: God is pure and He created all things pure!
Look at Genesis 1:1 – 2:3 together. What sticks out about this story? It’s hard to imagine everything being made from nothing. We can’t bake Christmas cookies without the ingredients right in front of us. But God created the oceans and the mountains just by his will. Amazing! The more we read this story, the more incredible it is. Everything was created perfectly, in a perfect order, and completely without blemish. Everything God created was 100% pure.
- Read Genesis 1:25 aloud. What does God say about everything He creates?
- What does God say about creating man in Genesis 1:31? Why is it something different?
- How do you think the earth was different right when it was created vs. how it looks right now? Why?
- What can we learn about God by looking at what He created and how He created it?
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TEACHER: Practice the memory verse!
At dinner one night this week, read through this month’s memory verse together (Psalm 51:10). Discuss who wrote this verse in the psalms. God described David as someone “after God’s own heart.” Practice the memory verse together, and pray together that this will be your prayer as well!
FRIEND: Look at Creation
While driving in the car together this week, have everyone look out the windows and notice things about creation. What does creation say about God? Have someone read Psalm 19:1. Also as you’re driving, see if you see signs of impure creation (examples: fire damage, trash-covered grass, polluted rivers, etc.).
COUNSELOR: Continue the Jesse Tree Advent Calendar
During bedtime this week, be sure to pull out the Jesse Tree Advent calendar and continue to go through the Advent verses and pictures with your kids. The verses will help bring light to the hope of this season!
COACH: Find the White!
One morning or right after school one day this week, have everyone hunt around the house for the most white thing they can find. Have everyone show what they brought, and compare the different kinds of “white.” Were any of the items pure white? If not, why? Take the time to discuss what perfect purity looks like.
Thank God for being pure, perfect and holy and for never changing who He is. Ask Him to help you see His invisible qualities in the world around you every day. Thank Him for the hope you have that one day He will create a new heaven and earth & you’ll get to walk with Him in purity just as Adam & Eve did in the Garden of Eden.
Next week we will continue discussing purity, by looking at the way sin stains us- starting in Genesis 3.
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