David C Cook COVID-19 Response

High School

God Did It!

Lesson 1 

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Fall 2021

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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September 05, 2021

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Lesson Focus:

Creation gives evidence to the existence of God.

Bible Basis:

Genesis 1; Romans1:19-20; Hebrews 11:3

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

To help them see evidence of God’s existence, students will watch an animated science video that explains the ocean’s remarkable depth and complexity.

Memory Verse:

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
—Psalm 19:1

Step 1:

To help them see evidence of God’s existence, students will watch an animated science video that explains the ocean’s remarkable depth and complexity.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

Did anyone swim at an ocean beach this summer? How far were you willing to swim away from shore? Our senses can only perceive a small fraction of the ocean’s depth. Let’s take a look at some incredible facts about the deep blue sea.

Share this video with your students [3:29].
This Incredible Animation Shows How Deep the Ocean Really Is

When you finish watching the video, discuss the following questions:

  • The video indicates that only 5-10% of oceans have been studied. Why do you think the ocean is one of the least explored parts of the world? (The sky is the most visible part of creation, so man’s interest in space is obvious. But oceans are mysterious and hidden, full of unknown creatures and inaccessible regions due to water pressure, etc.)
  • What is something new you learned from watching this video? (Let students share their reactions.)
  • We know that the vast complexity of the natural world could not occur by random chance. What can the ocean tell us about the miraculous act of creation? (Like the earth, sky, animals, and plants, the ocean gives witness to the creativity and order God embedded into our world when He created it.)
  • What makes some people uneasy about swimming away from shore? (Oceans are powerful, mysterious, and sometimes dangerous. They can make us feel small, helpless, and vulnerable to predators.)

These days, a lot of people admire the beauty of the natural world but fail to acknowledge the One who created it. The Bible teaches that every part of our world gives testimony to a great and glorious Creator.

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • Spiral notebook or composition book (1 per student)
  • Optional: Smartphones/cameras, printer, tape or glue sticks

Prior to class, purchase inexpensive spiral or composition notebooks for your teens (one per student). Back-to-school sales make these exceptionally affordable.

This step will help your students identify personal experiences that point to the Creator’s handiwork. First, place students into small groups (3-5 students each).

God has created everything in our universe and it all points to Him.  Some of the things God has created are so small that we can’t even observe them with the naked eye. They are microscopic and miraculous in their complexity. Other things are so large, we cannot grasp them. Our lives are surrounded by the evidence of a Creator, but we often overlook even the most obvious examples.

Read the following prompts to your groups, allowing enough time for everyone to share their answers with group members in between each question. If you choose, the leaders can share first.

  • When have you experienced some natural phenomenon that took your breath away? Starting with the oldest person in your group, each person should share an experience. (These might be trips to natural wonders like caverns or mountains, experiences like star-gazing, or they can be miraculous events like the birth of a child, etc.)
  • When you look at the natural world, is your first impulse to praise God for it? Or, do you simply ignore its complexity and beauty altogether? (It’s important to observe the world around us with spiritual eyes and not just practical ones.) 
  • How can we increase our appreciation for what God designed? (Let students share ideas for developing awareness. Visiting parks and natural wonders, studying science diligently in school, taking time away to meditate on God’s creation, minimizing screen time, etc. are all ways we can become more aware.)

If you have a phone, take it out for a moment. This device might be the biggest barrier to recognizing God’s creative power in the universe. The confines of this small rectangular screen can absolutely prevent us from absorbing the awe-inspiring world God has made for us to enjoy.

Screen time is an inevitable part of the modern world. Challenge your students to do one of several things this week. First, instruct them to LOOK UP at the world around them, absorbing the big and small things that God has designed rather than staying glued to an artificial, virtual world. Secondly, encourage them to take at least one inspirational photo, print it off, and affix it in their notebook (hand out the notebooks as you make the challenge) along with any thoughts or insights about those designs that will encourage them to see God in the world around them.

If time and weather permit, consider taking your class outdoors and allow them to begin their photo shoots. Or, they might even want to take selfies and begin journaling about being part of God’s glorious creation. Anyone without a camera may simply record their responses to what they see.

Close in prayer, thanking the Creator for all He has given you.

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