Why Are We Even Here?
The Point: God created us to live in fellowship with Him.
Get Into the Study
Use the following illustration and question as an alternate to Question 1 and the introduction printed in the Personal Study Guide.
Ask: “What are your feelings about people who use their phones in pubic, during social gatherings, or at the dinner table?” Allow time for discussion.
Recently, Chip and Joanna Gaines, from the show Fixer Upper, gave a tour of their new restaurant in Waco. One unique feature are the leather pouches on the wall for people to deposit their cell phones once they sit down so they can enjoy each other’s company and not be distracted.
Today’s session asks the question: “why are we even here?” As we dig into Scripture, we’ll learn that God created us to live in relationship with Him. Just as we can all be distracted from conversations with each other by our cell phones, we can also be distracted from our relationship with God by many many things.
As your group launches into the text and lesson make the connection of being distracted by our phones and being distracted from God. We may need to find our version of the leather pouch for our personal distractions from God. You may want to ask what someone’s “pouch” could be as you move into the conversation.
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Get Into the Study (Activity)
Supplement the Leader Pack by printing cards representing answers to the question “Why Are We Here?” from different worldviews, including a Christian view. Here are some sample cards:
Use this story in the Genesis 1:1-5 section of your study.
God has created things we can’t even see—he’s provided for the birds in the air and the fish in the sea in ways our human eyes cannot comprehend.
Recently, University of Nottingham research student Jamie Dunning was studying a deceased puffin bird in a laboratory. Recalling that a bird in a related species had glowing feathers when viewed under UV lights, Dunning flipped on the black light in the lab and discovered that the puffin’s beak glowed neon. As a bird that dives into the water to catch its prey, this glowing beak may help it find food when the water is too dark.
According to National Geographic, the puffin is one of more than 180 species that emit a glow. “The fact that so many marine animals biofluoresce ‘tells us organisms are using light in ways we don’t even see,’ [explains] John Sparks, curator of fishes at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City…Marine Molecular Biologist David Gruber [adds], “It’s a hidden world that we’re just now beginning to tune into.”
Each time a new scientific discovery about nature is made, we’re reminded once again that God’s creation is full of wonders—wonders so expansive and creative that they’ll continue to be discovered by mankind for as long as we live on this earth. God created each creature with a purpose, and with a body uniquely suited to their needs.
Ask your group:
- Have you recently experienced or learned something about the natural world that really surprised you? What was it?
- When you think about God putting so much care into each type of living creature, what comes to mind?
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Study the Bible (Activity)
Play the music video for “Let There Be Light” by Third Day after you ask Question 5. Have group members reflect upon their answers while they watch or sing along to the video.
- What is something you have created?
- What ideas or images come to mind when you hear the word “creation”?
- What are some things we make or build from scratch?
- How does the image of light speak into the character and nature of God?
- What have you been taught about these verses?
- How do other theories you’ve heard compare to the Bible’s account of creation?
- How does the fact that God made both genders in His image affect our appreciation for one another?
- In what ways do you reflect the image or characteristics of one or both of your parents?
- How do we strike a balance between protecting creation and utilizing it?
- What are some ways you enjoy God’s creation?
- How might discovering God’s intent for your life impact the way you live day-to-day?
- How do you see God’s blessing on creation, even in the midst of our sinful impact?
Send the following link to your group members as either a teaser before the group meets or as a follow-up thought:
- Here’s a video overview of the six-week study: Why Are We Here? Overview
- Here’s a brief overview of this session: Why Are We Here? Session 1
- HomeLife – Promise Keeper