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God Made Me Special

God in his love has made us in his image and made each of us unique

Rationale 

In the beginning God created us in His image, (Genesis 1:26,27) and thus made us special, different 
from the rest of creation, even the angels. Further, for each of us individually His thoughts about us cannot be numbered. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. God knows everything about us and we cannot hide from Him (Psalm 8, 139; Matthew 6, esp. v 25-34). As individuals he invites us to join Him in His work of restoration, gives us His Spirit, (Romans 8), he gives us unique abilities, gifts and talents to help others (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12;1 Peter 4:10). In our age people are enamoured with themselves and seek to find their confidence in themselves. They ‘believe in themselves’. This is not a Christian position. We are each special, but not because we are so in ourselves, but because God in his greatness has set his love on us. So I am special because of him. My self-image, my confidence, are all grounded in Jesus and because he does not change or fail, so I can always live in confidence, Romans 8:31-39.

Key Concepts

  • God in his love has made in His image
  • He has given us all unique gifts and we are unique individuals 
  • Everyone is of equal value and unique because we are all created in the image of God
  • We should rejoice in the gifts God has given us, and enjoy them, but our confidence must be in the Lord
  • Self Image and Self Esteem are derived from God’s love for us and no from ourselves; we learn about God’s love for us through the love of others for us when we are young. In the end, however, we must find it in God alone.
  • We cannot hide from God – He knows everything about us
  • We have special gifts and talents to help others and to bring glory to God
 

Scripture References

Psalm 8 - God has given humanity a special place
Psalm 139:13-14 - God put together all our parts in the womb
Genesis 1:26,27 - all made in the image of God
Romans 12:3-8 - all have been given gifts which we should use to help others
1 Corinthians 3:16 - God’s Spirit dwells with is us (see also Romans 8)
I Corinthians 12 - we are a body, with all having different gifts and a different role to play
1 Peter 4:10,11 - use the gifts God has given to serve others to the glory of God
http://www.openbible.info/topics/wonderfully_made - 66 verses on being wonderfully made
http://www.christian-horizons.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/God-Made-Me-Sunday-School-Lesson-Plan.pdf - lesson plan on this theme with activity suggestions and some links
 

Resources

http://www.amazon.com/How-Did-God-Make-Me/dp/0310701066 - hard cover book, used copies very cheap
http://www.veggietales.com/storybookplayer/story11/ - commercial site for Veggie tales videos
http://www.pinterest.com/maddynabbymom/god-made-me-special-lesson/ - Pinterest page with lots of craft/activity ideas on this theme
http://www.dltk-bible.com/guides/god_made_me.htm - online lesson plan with activities
http://childrensministry.com/articles/i-am-special/ - online lesson plan with activities
YouTube
Jesus Loves me
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Song
 

Ideas/Strategies for Lessons

Sing/learn songs relevant to the theme - see possibilities above
Teach them to pray and thank God for his gifts and to worship him with songs along the same theme
See range of activities in resources above
Create an inventory of things I am good at and/or like to do and then match it to how can they be used to serve others and in so doing glorify God
Extension of above, make up a practical plan for the term of how each person will use their gifts to serve others in some way
Discuss how all these things are because God loves us and because they do not change, then we can relax, we don’t have to earn God’s love