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The Self-Existence (Aseity) Of God Lesson

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Scripture

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Memory Verse

“24 The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things.” Acts 17:24

Objective Of The Lesson

The study of the self-existence of God brings tremendous implications. In correctly understanding the immense nature of God we see a clearer picture of the insignificance of man. Understanding the self-sufficiency of God drives us to humility before Him.

Teacher Exhortation

  • Be faithful in teaching all of God’s attributes.
  • I will be including many reference verses for each lesson on the attributes of God. It is not necessary that you go over all of them. Use only as many verses as time will allow you to cover.
  • This attribute might present certain challenges. Your youngest children might have a hard time understanding this attribute. If so, let them know that it is ok. No man can completely understand God in His entirety. This only helps to show how vast God is.

Introduction

There is no subject more humbling than the study of God’s self-existence (aseity).

  • Our children grow up in a culture that values the glorification and praise for man.
  • In studying this attribute we will learn the correct and Biblical perspective that we should hold of man.

God Is Self-Existent

Self-existent means that God is not dependent on anyone or anything outside of Himself for His very existence and continual existence.

  • He is self-sufficient.

Unlike human beings, God does not have a time or place of origin.

  • God existed before the foundation of the world.
  • He is eternal.

“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.” Micah 5:2

“Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.” Psalm 90:2

“You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, So that you may know and believe Me And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, And there will be none after Me.” Isaiah 43:10

God is the uncreated Creator.

He is the ONLY being who is truly self-existent.

  • We are ENTIRELY dependent on Him.

God is the source of our very existence.

  • Our physical life, spiritual life, and eternal life.

“For in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.” Acts 17:28

  • Our next breath is in God’s hand.
  • Every beat of our heart.
  • Every blink of an eye.
  • Every time one of our cells divides.
  • Our very existence… they all come from God.

Our very salvation has God as its source.

“And these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.” Romans 8:30

  • Notice the repetition of the word HE.
  • The action is all done by God.
  • We play no role. We are passive.

“So that no man may boast before God. 30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.” 1 Corinthians 1:29-30

“8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Because God is completely self-existent, He is not dependent upon anything outside Himself.

  • There is nothing that God needs from us.

In Psalm 50 God rebukes the Israelites for their sinful attitude in their sacrifices.

  • He makes it very clear that He has no need for their sacrifices.

Even IF, and I want to stress IF, God had a need, He would still not depend on us because everything in existence already belongs to Him.

 “9 I won’t accept bulls from your house or goats from your corrals 10 because every forest animal already belongs to me, as do the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I know every mountain bird; even the insects in the fields are mine. 12 Even if I were hungry, I wouldn’t tell you because the whole world and everything in it already belong to me. 13 Do I eat bulls’ meat? Do I drink goats’ blood?” Psalm 50:9-13

God is not dependent upon anything or anyone outside Himself.

  • (Constantly repeat this phrase so that the idea of self-existence can begin to engrave itself in the minds of your kids.)
  • He doesn’t need anything that we can give Him as we can see in Acts 17:24-25.

“24 The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.

God does not dwell in temples made with hands.

  • God cannot be contained in shrines and temples.

“25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things.”

God is not served by human hands.

  • God does not require anything that men can offer Him.

God does not need anything, as though He needed anything.

  • God is not dependent on anything He has created.

Before creation, the Trinity existed eternally without anything or anyone else in the universe.

  • The three persons of the Trinity enjoyed perfect satisfaction, fellowship, and delight in one another.

God did not create our universe because He was lonely.

  • God did not lack anything when He was alone, and He was not under any constraint or obligation to bring anything else into existence.
  • God’s act of creation therefore displays His love, majesty and His glory.

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” Colossians 1:16

“everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Psalm 43:7

“God was under no constraint, no obligation, no necessity to create. That He chose to do so was purely a sovereign act on His part caused by nothing outside of Himself, determined by nothing but His own mere good pleasure.”     —A.W. Pink

He is the living God and source of life.

  • Our eternal life comes from Him, but He is self existent life.

“For with You is the fountain of life…” Psalm 36:9a

“For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself.” John 5:26

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies.” John 11:25

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

“for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.” Acts 17:28

“who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:16

Application

Every attribute of God should elicit a response.

What should be our response to knowing that God is self-existent?

  • Humility
  • Gratitude

Humility

God is self-dependent.

  • God does not need the creation He has made, either in whole or any part.
  • That includes human beings.

God did not create our universe because He was lonely or because of necessity, but for His own glory.

“Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.” Isaiah 43:7

God has created us and He did it for a purpose, for His glory.

  • This should drive man to humility before God.
  • We should not glorify in ourselves because we are unworthy of it.

Gratitude

God is self-sufficient, but we depend on Him for EVERYTHING.

Every good and perfect gift is from God and Him alone.

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” James 1:17

Every spiritual gift, all the wisdom we possess, every ability we have, every possession we claim and our very existence is from God.

  • We owe Him for all that we have and enjoy.
  • This should lead us to thank Him for all that we have.

Review

Go over the main point of the lesson: Self-existent means that God is not dependent on anyone or anything outside of Himself for His very existence and continual existence.

Review Questions

  • What does it mean that Gos is self-existent?
  • Does God have an origin?
  • How dependent are we on God?
  • What does He give us?
  • What does God need from us?
  • Are we to humble ourselves before God or glorify in ourselves?
  • Are you truly grateful for all that you have?
  • Are you going to continue to complain about what you don’t have?
  • Imagine if God asked you to pay for everything that He gives you for free? Would you be able to pay Him?

Take some time to memorize the memory verse at the end of the lesson.

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Teach Them To Your Sons- Coloring Page

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Teach Them To Your Sons Coloring Page

Teach Them To Your Sons

(Coloring Page)

Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class.

Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the link below.

Preview And Print

Feel free to browse all of our Bible print-outs.

Your Word Sweeter Than Honey Puzzle- Activity Page

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your-word-sweeter-than-honey-puzzleYour Word Sweeter Than Honey Puzzle

(Activity Sheet)

Activity sheets are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable activity sheet by clicking on the link below.

Preview And Print

Feel free to browse all of our Bible print-outs.

Instructions

Print the template on regular copy paper, but I recommend card stock.

Color then cut out each puzzle piece.

To make the pieces last longer you can laminate each individual piece.

Your Word Sweeter Than Honey- Coloring Page

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your-word-sweeter-than-honey-coloring-pageYour Word Sweeter Than Honey

(Coloring Page)

Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class.

Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the link below.

Preview And Print

Feel free to browse all of our Bible print-outs.

Bible Sun Catcher

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Bible Sun Catcher

Instructions

  1. Print the template onto card stock. (Template)
  2. Glue the template sheet to the back of a sheet of black construction paper.
  3. Cut out all of the white from the template. You will be left with the Bible border shape and the small cross shape.
  4. Place the Bible shape onto a self laminating sheet or contact paper, construction paper side down.
  5. Place the cross shape onto the self laminating sheet or contact paper.
  6. Fill the inside of the Bible with tissue paper.
  7. Cover with another sheet of self laminating sheet or contact paper.
  8. Cut out the Bible from the laminating sheet or contact paper.
  9. Stick the Bible to your window with double sided tape.

Scripture Is God Breathed

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This craft is a great visualization of 2 Timothy 3:16; God as the author of Scripture.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16

Scripture Is God Breathed

Instructions

  1. Print the template on card stock. (Template)
  2. Color and cut out all of the pieces.
  3. Glue the Bible onto the cloud shape.
  4. Glue a large popsicle stick to the bottom of the face piece.
  5. Glue the cloud just under the nose of the face.
  6. Bend the cloud so that it comes away from the face, as if the nose was blowing out in a 45 degree angle.

Update: Scripture Explorers Club

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Last week I quickly mentioned that my church is currently working on creating and implementing our own childrens ministry program and that I would later explain it in more detail in a later post.

This post will be a quick rundown through the program. It will not cover every little detail, but it will give you a good idea of what the program will be like.

In the coming weeks we hope to create a website where all the material will be uploaded and available to be downloaded for free by any church that wishes to try out the Scripture Explorers program.

LogoThe program is called Scripture Explorers.

Club motto: “Worshipping God By Knowing Him And Making Him Known”

Club Verse: “and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:15

Club focus: Teaching children the foundational truths of Gods Word so that they can have a concrete understanding of God Himself and be equipped to share Him with others.

The club will be divided into different age groups.

Lamb Uniform Logo The first group are the Lambs.

Age: 3 to 4 years old.

Group verse: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27

Mascot name: Wool.

Bee Uniform Logo

The second group are the Bees.

Age: Kindergarten to Second grade.

Group verse: “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103

Mascot name: Pollen

Ant Uniform Logo

The third group are the Ants.

Age: Third grade to Sixth grade.

Group verse: “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11

Mascot name: Harvest.

Eagle Uniform Logo

The last group are the Eagles.

Age: Middle school to High school.

Group verse: “And how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:15

Mascot name: Feathers.

Workbooks

Children in each group will first have to complete an entrance booklet before they earn their main book. (Sample)

The entrance booklet serves two purposes:

  1. It will give kids a sample of what they will be learning in the main book.
  2. They will learn to get into the practice of memorizing Bible verses.

After they finish the entrance booklet they will earn and work on the main book. (Sample)

The book is divided into different sections with a variety of lessons in each.

Each lesson is divided into 4 sections:

  1. Biblical Truth- The main teaching of the lesson.
  2. QandA- The application of the teaching.
  3. Definitions- An explanation of specific word(s) that help kids understand the Bible verse.
  4. Memorize- The Bible verse that the kids need to memorize.

Every year the book will cover a specific doctrine.

Book One is The Bible. Kids will learn the answer to questions like: What is the Bible? How did we get the Bible? Why is the Bible important? How can we trust that the Bible is true?

The next books will cover doctrines like: God, Creation, The Fall Of Man, Christ, Justification, Sanctification.

Every group will use the same book, although adapted for their age.

The Bible Lesson

The teaching will be based on the lessons from the book. This way the handbook helps to reinforce the lesson and the lesson helps to reinforce the handbook.

So this was a very quick rundown/outline of the program itself.

When the website goes up we will also include other resources like: clip art, achievement pages, ideas for uniforms, ideas for book-bags, certificates, coloring pages, door hangers and flyers, postcards, forms (registration, weekly point sheets, sign in) and of course the logos.

Ill let you guys know as soon as the website is up and running. So keep your eyes out for that.

Bible Beard

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A simple beard your kids can make for a variety of Bible stories.

Bible Beard

Instructions

  1. Print the template onto card stock. (Template)
  2. Color and cut out the beard.
  3. There are two ways of wearing the beard. 1 Glue the beard to a large popsicle stick. 2 With a one-hole punch, make two holes on each side of the beard. Then add a long piece of yarn through each hole.

Treasure Gods Word

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Do you treasure God’s Word? Do you treasure it in the depths of your heart?

The Bible is like gold to those who know its value. It is the very word of God. 

“My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you… If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures.” Proverbs 2:1,4

Treasure Gods Word

Instructions

  1. Print the template. (Template)
  2. Color and cut out all of the pieces.
  3. Glue both sides of the chest together.
  4. Assemble the treasure chest.
  5. Glue the Bible, gold coin piece and the smallest piece onto construction paper. This gives the item strength.
  6. Cut out the pieces from the construction paper.
  7. Cut out the rectangle from the bottom of the treasure chest.
  8. Glue the gold coin piece to the treasure chest.
  9. Take the smallest piece and fold on the solid lines, creating a crease. This will become the stand for the Bible.
  10. Glue one part of the stand to the back of the Bible piece and the other to the gold coin piece.

If you like you can add glitter to the gold piece part.

Wolves In Sheeps Clothing

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Some people are like wolves who pretend to be sheep. They act and dress like the sheep, only to destroy the lambs once they are among them.  We should teach our kids that the Bible tells us how we can figure out which sheep are true sheep, and which are wolves. This emphasizes the importance of reading and knowing Scripture.

Wolves In Sheeps Clothing

Instructions

  1. Print the template. (Template)
  2. Color the mask.
  3. Cut it out.
  4. Glue the mask onto a piece of cardstock.
  5. Cut out the mask again, including the eyes.
  6. Glue a large popsicle stick to the bottom of the mask.