Purpose: Use this children’s sermon on the creation of mankind to teach kids what kind of people God wants us to be.
Scripture: Genesis 1:26-27
Needed: a mirror and a piece of paper with the word “God” written on it
Read Genesis 1:26-27, quoted here in the NIV. “Then God said, ‘Let Us make humans in Our image, in Our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created humans in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.”
The Bible tells us that God created us in His image and His likeness.
(Show your mirror.)
If I look in this mirror, I can see my image, can’t I? Can you see your image when you look in the mirror?
So, what does it mean for us to be made in God’s image?
It means that when God looks at us, He wants to see Himself. He wants us to be like His mirror.
(Place your piece of paper with the word “God” written on it over your mirror.)
Now, when we look in the mirror, we see God, don’t we? So, when God looks at us, He wants to see Himself in us.
But God doesn’t have a face or a body. He’s a spirit. So, how can God see Himself when He looks at us?
God wants to see Himself in how we behave. If we love other people and do the right things, then we’ll be acting like God, and God will see Himself in our actions.
God wants to look at us and see that we’re acting like Him. Then, He’ll say, “Yes, I can see Myself in (name some of your students). It will be like God is looking in a mirror because we’re acting just like He does.
Lord, thank You for making us to be just like You. Help us to act more like You every day so that You can see Yourself in us.
You can also find this children’s sermon for Kindle or in print in my book, Children’s Sermons about Creation and Adam and Eve