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    Friday, March 15, 2013

    Just standing in front of your Sunday School class talking about the 10 Commandments may be fine for older kids or adults, but for younger kids, you'll have to be a bit more creative.

    Sunday School Lessons - 10 Commandments
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    For this Sunday School lesson, we're going to be more interactive with the kids to get them moving and learning at the same time.

     

    Before class starts, write the numbers 1-10 on several sheets of paper. The paper only needs to be big enough for the kids to see well - about 3" x 3" or so works great. You'll also need tape to hang them on the wall or you can just lay them down on seats or the floor. You'll see what I mean in a minute. We've played this both ways and both way are fun and the kids learn fast!

    If you want to get straight to this part of the Sunday School lesson, skip down the page to the heading "Interactive Part of the Sunday School Lesson".

    10 Commandments Sunday School Lessons

     
    For smaller kids, you may want to break this lesson about the 10 Commandments into two lessons as it can be hard for them to learn all ten at the same time. The whole lesson follows:

    You may want to begin the class by taking prayer requests. Often kids will ask prayer for other kids at school. Sometimes you may be able to use those prayer requests as examples. For instance, in our Sunday School class, kids will ask prayer for a child at school who often lies or takes other kids pencils or erasers.

    Both are good examples of two commandments (lying and stealing).

    If no child brings these things up, you can begin with asking the questions, "Have you ever told a lie?" or "Have you ever took something that didn't belong to you?" or "Do you know someone who does these things?"

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    Lesson:


    Did you know that God has given us 10 Commandments we are to live by? A commandment is a rule that God expects us to follow.

    Do you know any of the 10 Commandments? Wait for kids to answer, then continue.

    How many of you know who Moses was? He was the baby that his mother put inside the basket in the river to keep him safe. (If you've not told the story of Moses yet, just skip this part). When Moses grew up, God gave him a special job to do. His job was to lead God's people to a new land. Along the way, God gave Moses the 10 Commandments on top of a mountain. The mountain was called Mount Sinai.

    We can find the 10 Commandments in the bible in the book of Exodus chapter 20. Let's turn there now. Wait for kids to turn to this chapter in their bibles. If children are too little, just turn to the page in your bible and let the kids see.

    You can either read the verses word for word, or follow along with the interactive lesson below.

     

    Interactive Part of the Sunday School Lesson

    Remember the part above where you were to write down the numbers 1-10 on a piece of paper and hang them on the wall or lay them on the floor? This is where they come into the story.
     
    ** Have the kids stand under the number one while you read the first commandment:
     
    Commandment Number One:
     
    Thou shalt have no other God's before me.
     
    This means that there is only one God - the one true God. We are to put him first above anything else.
     
     
    ** Let the kids move under the number two.
     
    Commandment Number Two:
     
    
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    Worship God only.
     
    This means you are not to make an idol out of wood, god, metal, or anything else and bow down to it. God is the only God who is real. No idol that is made by a person can help you can it? The walls are made of wood, can it answer your prayers? No. Someone made earrings and necklaces out of gold. Can they help you? Of course not!  


    ** Let the kids move to stand under the number three.

    Commandment Number Three:

    Do not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain (or, for smaller kids - Keep the Lord's name special).

    This means we are only to use the name of the Lord God or Jesus Christ in a nice way. We can use it to tell people about him, or we can read about him, or we can talk to him, but we are NEVER EVER suppose to use his name carelessly.

    For example, we are not to say, "Oh my, G _ _." When we use God's name in this manner, we are misusing it and breaking commandment number three.


    ** Have the kids move to stand under the number four.

    Commandment Number Four:

    Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy (or, for smaller kids - Keep the Lord's day special).

    The bible tells us that we are to rest on the sabbath day. The sabbath day is the Lord's day, the day we take time to worship God, normally Sunday.

    >>>Click here to read the second part of this Sunday School Lesson >>>

     

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