THEME: Who/What/Where Is God?
FOCUS: Youth will be invited to consider how others understand God and how these understandings compare and contrast with their own understandings of God.
- Youth will brainstorm a list of words to describe God.
- Youth will investigate a series of scriptural images of God.
- Youth will discuss the images of God in two different songs.
- Youth will share their own understandings of God.
Digging In: Share that there are many ways that faithful people understand/name/describe God. The different writers in the Bible talk about God in various ways. Ask several people to read the scriptures below and discuss briefly what sort of image of God is presented in each writer’s words:
Exodus 3: 7-10 (God working through people)
Exodus 13:21 (God working through natural world)
Isa. 66:12-13 (God as a mother)
Isaiah 64:8 (God as father/potter)
1 John 4: 7-13 (God as love itself)
(See many more possibilities here.)
How would you describe Josh’s thinking about God?
What do you think of this way of talking (singing!) about God? Does it fit your understanding? Is it scriptural? How is it the same as yours? How is it different?
If you were hired to make the music video for this song, how would you depict God (or would you?)
Next, listen to George Strait’s “I Saw God Today” or watch the video (see above). Again, invite the youth to imagine that George was just in the room sharing his thoughts on God and faith through his song. Use the discussion questions below to consider:
What do you think of the different ways the song describes God?
Where do you see/find God around you?
If you were going to make the music video of this song, how would you show God in the video?
Why do you think both of these songwriters refer to God as “He?” Based on his song, how you think Josh would react to the other images from scripture we looked at earlier? What about George? What about you?
What sort of differences do you see in the way they each think about God?
Closing: Invite each person to share one place or way in their personal lives that they encounter God, whether it be in church, in the natural world, in other people, in prayer, etc. Close in prayer.