The Commandments

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TEACHER’S DEVOTIONAL: Thank God for a Savior who was, is, and will always be the propitiation for our sins! The shed blood and resurrection of Jesus Christ has given us a RIGHT to be in relationship with the Father! We have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise and nothing …absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of God. Though we are buffeted on every side nothing …absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of God! Though trials may come nothing …absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of God! Even when we’re up or when we’re down nothing …absolutely nothing can separate us from His love!

Read Romans 8:30-39; rejoice in the Father’s unending love for you. Let the children know of His everlasting love for them so that they may rejoice in it too!

 

THE OVERALL MODULE GOALS FOR THE CHILDREN ARE:

  • 1) Understand that they were made to be in a personal relationship with Father God.
  • 2) Understand that sin separates them from Father God.
  • 3) Understand that the great commandments was given to for them have a relationship with God, themselves and others.

 

NEEDED SUPPLIES:

NOTE: Puzzles should be appropriate for the age group being taught. Also make sure to have several missing pieces in a few of the boxes and have the boxes marked for easy identification when passing out to teams.

 

MODULE MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 22:37 – You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.

 

 LESSON #1: THE FIRST GREAT COMMANDMENT

PRECEPT #1: God made each of us to be in a personal relationship with Him.

SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 22:35-38 – Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.

SCRIPTURE INTERPRETATION:

SCRIPTURE INTERPRETATION: The first great commandment is to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, with all our souls, and with all our minds. Remember we were made to glorify God. To glorify God means to honor, lift up (exalt), praise, and worship God in our thoughts, words, and actions (behavior).

God is our Father and we were made in His image. God wants each of us to have a personal relationship with Him. Relationship means connection (being together), interaction (talking, hanging out), emotional involvement (having feelings for). In the same way that our family and friends love us and want to have a relationship with us so does Father God. God loves each of us very much and wants to have a loving and peaceful relationship with each of us too.

Sin makes it hard to have a relationship with Father God. Remember sin is disobedience to God. Sin is when we do bad/ wrong or when someone does bad/ wrong against (hurts) us. Sin separates us (pulls us away) from Father God. Even though God loves us and will always love us when we keep sinning (or when people keep sinning against us) sin will always pull us away from God and we won’t be in a relationship with Him.

Father God gave us the great commandment so we can have (be in) a personal relationship with Him. The first great commandment helps us to be in a relationship (connected, involved) with God. It tells us to love Father God with all our 1) heart, 2) soul, and 3) mind. Always remember to love God is to obey God; to obey God is to love God. Obeying God means listening to Him, following His instructions, and doing what He tells us to do. God wants us to be with Him all the time.

ACTIVITY #1:

ACTIVITY #1: Have a discussion with the children by asking them the questions below. Remember not to rush the discussion and make sure to keep the children focused on the topic. Randomly select students to answer, listen to their responses, and give positive acknowledgement to their responses and supportive feedback when necessary.

  • 1) What does it mean to have a relationship with your parent(s), grandparent(s), brother(s)/ sister(s), and friend(s)?
  • 2) What happens in the relationship with your parent(s), grandparent(s), brother(s)/ sister(s), and friends when they do wrong/ bad towards you?
  • 3) How does your heart feel with they do wrong/ bad towards you?
  • 4) What happens in the relationship with your parent(s), grandparent(s), brother(s)/ sister(s), friend(s) when you disobey or do wrong/ bad towards them?
  • 5) How does your heart feel when you disobey or do wrong/ bad towards them?

ACTIVITY #2 (OBJECT LESSON):

ACTIVITY #2 (OBJECT LESSON): Relay to the children that the purpose of the object lesson is to physically show how sin separates us (pulls us away) from God. Select 2 student volunteers. Have the students stand facing each about 1 foot (0.3048 meter) apart.

Next, ask the class what they think having a relationship with Father God means. Randomly select children to answer, listen to their responses, and give positive acknowledgement.

Next, ask the children what they think happens when we disobey, sin (do bad/ wrong) against Father God? Randomly select children to answer, listen to their responses, and give positive acknowledgement (NOTE: For every response you (the teacher) acknowledge have one student volunteer take 1 large step away from the other. Continue on until the volunteer is at the opposite end of the classroom).

Once the volunteer is at the opposite end of the classroom, instruct the volunteer to stay where they are but reach out and try to touch the other volunteer’s hand. As the volunteer attempts to do this ask the class why the volunteer isn’t able to touch the other volunteer. Randomly select children to answer, listen to their responses, and give clarification where needed (NOTE: The desired response is “Sin pulled them apart.”, “The volunteer can’t touch the other because they are separated.”, “They are apart because they did bad/ wrong”, etc.)

Close the object lesson by re-stating to the children that sin is disobedience to God. It is when we do bad/ wrong. Sin separates us (pulls us away) from God. When we are apart from God we’re not in a relationship with God. Let’s do our very best to always love God with all our hearts, with all our souls, and with all our minds because to love God is to obey God.

WRAP UP:

WRAP UP: Restate precept #1 – God made each of us to be in a personal relationship with Him.

CONCLUSION (THE BIG PICTURE):

CONCLUSION (THE BIG PICTURE): Conclude by telling the children the Good News: We all make mistakes and do wrong and bad sometimes. When we do wrong and bad it is called sin. Sin is disobedience to God. We all sin. Sin separates us from God. God the Son (Jesus) came to save us from sin. Jesus Christ is our Savior.

The Bible says “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). This means that if you A) admit that you are a sinner because you have done wrong and bad; B) believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He came to earth, died on the cross, and came back to life to take away all of your sins; C) confess that Jesus is Lord and ask Him to come into your life; Jesus will come just like you ask!

Jesus Christ (God the Son) will come into your life and cover you with His love! Jesus will take away all your sins and you will be forgiven! He will love you and never stop loving you! He will never leave you! Jesus will send God the Holy Spirit to live in your heart. Holy Spirit will help you and fight for you! Holy Spirit will show you how to obey God. Holy Spirit will give you power to overcome (defeat) sin. Holy Spirit will help you spread God’s love to others! You will be in a relationship with God and you will never be separated from God again!

 

LESSON #2: THE SECOND GREATEST COMMANDMENT

PRECEPT #2: God wants us to be in a relationship with ourselves and others all the time.

BIBLE VERSE: Matthew 22:39 – And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

BIBLE VERSE INTERPRETATION:

BIBLE VERSE INTERPRETATION: Father God wants us to have a personal relationship with Him. Father God also wants us to have a loving and peaceful relationship with ourselves and with others. He wants us to love ourselves and to love the people around us. God wants us to have peace with ourselves and have peace with the people around us.

The second great commandment helps each of us to be in a loving and peaceful relationship (be together, connected) with ourselves (our hearts). God wants us to love ourselves. He wants us to know that He made us and He makes no mistakes! Remember Father God says that we are great and we are good! He wants us to have peace in our hearts. He wants us to know and believe that He really loves each of us just for who we are.

When we love ourselves we have peace with ourselves and we also have peace with God. Father God is pleased with each of us and He loves us!

The second great commandment is also to love our neighbors as ourselves. When we love ourselves we will also be able to love others. This part of the commandment helps each of us to be in a loving and peaceful relationship (be together, connected) with the people around us.

God wants all of us to live in peace all the time. When we love our neighbors as we love ourselves we have peace with them and with God. Father God wants us to be together (in a relationship) with Him and with others.

ACTIVITY #1:

ACTIVITY #1: Have a discussion with the children by asking them the questions below. Remember not to rush the discussion and make sure to keep the children focused on the topic. Randomly select students to answer and give positive acknowledgement to their responses. Remember to give sympathetic and supportive words of encouragement to negative responses.

  • 1) What does it mean to be in a relationship (be together, connected) with yourself?
  • 2) How does your heart feel when you love yourself?
  • 3) What does it mean to be in a relationship (be together, connected) with people around you?
  • 4) How does your heart feel when you love the people around you?

ACTIVITY #2 (OBJECT LESSON):

ACTIVITY #2 (OBJECT LESSON): Relay to the children that the purpose of the object lesson is to physically show how not loving ourselves separates (disconnects, pulls apart) us from ourselves, God, and others.

Divide the class into small groups (about 4 children per group). Next pass out boxes of puzzles to each group and instruct the teams to assemble the puzzles. Remember to take note of the groups with missing puzzle pieces as they may verbalize that they do not have all the pieces. When this occurs encourage the teams to do their best to assemble the puzzle.

Take note of when the groups have completed or almost completed assembling their puzzles. Next ask the class the below questions. Remember to select opposing groups (i.e. teams who had puzzles with missing pieces and teams who did not). Listen to their responses and give positive acknowledgement.

  • 1) Are the puzzles completed?
  • 2) What does the puzzles look like?
  • 3) Are you able to see the picture (image) on the puzzle clearly?
  • 4) Was it fun working on the puzzles? If not why?

Close the object lesson by stating that when we don’t love ourselves as God has commanded us to do we become separated (disconnected, pulled apart) for ourselves (our hearts). Our hearts end up looking like one of the puzzles with missing pieces. The puzzle is incomplete and we can’t see the cool picture on it. Also it was harder to work with the puzzle with missing pieces. When we don’t love ourselves it is hard for us to have peace and joy.

God loves each of us and wants us to have peace and joy. He gave us the second great commandment because He wants us to have peace with ourselves and our neighbors.

1 John 5:3 tells us “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome (hard).” Always remember to love God is to obey God; to obey God is to love God. Holy Spirit helps us keep Father God’s commandments.

WRAP UP (THE OVERALL MODULE TAKE AWAY):

WRAP UP (THE OVERALL MODULE TAKE AWAY): You were made to have a relationship with Father God. When you obey God you have a personal relationship with him. To love God is to obey God. God also wants you to love yourselves and others. He wants us to have peace all the time.

CONCLUSION (THE BIG PICTURE):

CONCLUSION (THE BIG PICTURE): Conclude by telling the children the Good News: We all make mistakes and do wrong and bad sometimes. When we do wrong and bad it is called sin. Sin is disobedience to God. We all sin. Sin separates us from God. God the Son (Jesus) came to save us from sin. Jesus Christ is our Savior.

The Bible says “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). This means that if you A) admit that you are a sinner because you have done wrong and bad; B) believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He came to earth, died on the cross, and came back to life to take away all of your sins; C) confess that Jesus is Lord and ask Him to come into your life; Jesus will come just like you ask!

Jesus Christ (God the Son) will come into your life and cover you with His love! Jesus will take away all your sins and you will be forgiven! He will love you and never stop loving you! He will never leave you! Jesus will send God the Holy Spirit to live in your heart. Holy Spirit will help you and fight for you! Holy Spirit will show you how to obey God. Holy Spirit will give you power to overcome (defeat) sin. Holy Spirit will help you spread God’s love to others! You will be in a relationship with God and you will never be separated from God again!

 

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