For Episode 016...
Brian Dembowcyzk joins us to talk about why God created the world and how His act of creation is foundational to our theology. We talk about why God would create
You can listen to the Questions Kids Ask episode answering Why Did God Create the World? on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play, or listen below.
Let's get to know, Brian.
What's the most impactful book you've read?
Desiring God by John Piper
Our big question for the day is this:
Why Did God Create the World?
The quick answer is "God's glory," but it has far-reaching implications. Our lives are not for our own enjoyment or our own pleasure, but for Him.
Why would God create a world He knew would rebel against Him?
We have to let some tension hang here, as we don't know all the ins and outs of the mind of God, but we know God created us knowing we would fall. He knew He would send Jesus. This question screams His love to us, which drives to His glory. The more we understand His love, the more we understand His glory. God knew the full ramifications of what was happening, and yet He chose to create nonetheless.
Creation before the fall shows us what life will be like when Jesus returns and makes everything right again. Heaven by Randy Alcorn is super helpful (AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) to learn more here. Prior to the fall, Adam and Eve enjoyed their work and enjoyed one another. Our relationships that we know today will be changed in eternity, but all relationships, all work, and every moment will point to God's glory.
Even right after Adam and Eve sinned, God slaughtered an animal and made Adam and Eve clothing. His plan to provide covering for their sin through the blood of Christ is already being foreshadowed here. We consistently see God's grace and humanity's need for Him throughout Scripture.
Cornerstones by Brian Dembowczyk is a fantastic resource that walks through 200 questions and answers to build a strong theology with kids.
How Do We Raise Kids Who Love God's Word?
If we are excited about the gospel and God's Word, it will translate to how kids will view it. We also need to connect God's Word to daily life. It's not simply an academic exercise, but is for all of life. Also, our kids need to see us in God's Word.