Week 9 – What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments?

Question

What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments?

Answer

First, that we know God as the only true God. Second, that we avoid all idolatry. Third that we treat God’s name with fear and reverence.

Memory Verse:

“ It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you.” – Deuteronomy 6:13-14

Outline for lesson

  1. Pray, God help me to fully put my trust in You and worship You as God alone.
  2. Review: Read the previous questions (1 – 8) out of order. Have everyone try to say the answers that belongs with the questions.
  3. Intro: On three separate colored pieces of paper write out the first three commandments. Cut up each word and put each verse in a separate envelope. Hide the three envelopes around the house. Have the children look for them and then put the verses in the correct order.
  4. Read: Exodus 20: 1-7.Ask the family, what are some other things we worship in place of worshiping God? Let them know the first commandment is about who we worship and the second command is about how we worship.Tell them God wants to be known through His word. That is how He reveals Himself to us. Read verse 7 again. Ask, what do you think this verse means? Ask how do you feel when someone misuses God’s name? Because we are followers of God we love God above all things. Misusing His name is something we do not want to do. Ask, who do you worship? How do you worship in your everyday life?

Memorize:

Help children memorize question and answer 9 and the verse.

Week 8 – What is the law of God stated in the 10 commandments?

Question

What is the law of God stated in the 10 commandments?

Answer

You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You should not give false testimony. You shall not covet.

Memory Verse:

“You shall have no other gods before me.” – Exodus 20:3

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer. Review last weeks question and answer.
  2. Review Game: Prep: before lesson, write the previous seven questions on strips of paper. Tape each questions to a Jenga block and then build a Jenga tower. Directions:Divide family into two teams.each team takes a turn to remove a block from the tower. Set blocks aside after it has been removed. If the block has a question on it, the team that removed the block gets to say the answer to that question. If it’s correct that team receives one point. If they can not remember the answer the other team can try to say the answer. Each team has 1 1/2 minute to answer the question. The team with the most points wins.
  3. Background: The 10 commandments were given after God had freed the Israelites from Egypt.God spoke directly to Moses for the people of Israel.God gives Moses the commandments for His people out of love. He wants to bless His people not burden them. Read Exodus 19 together.

    Read exodus 20. Have your family listen to what the law says. Let them say it in their own words. Help them identify what God loves and hates.
  4. Memory Activity: Play the song for Question 8. Listen a few times, then try to memorize question and answer 8 and this week’s verse.

Week 7 – What does the law of God require?

Question

What does the law of God require?

Answer

That we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength: and love our neighbor as ourselves.

Memory Verse:

“And (Jesus) said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your minds. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.’” Matthew 22:37-40

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer. Review last weeks question and answer.
  2. Review Activity: On a beach ball write the first six questions from these lessons. One question on each of the colored panels. The object of this game is to keep the ball up in the air as long as possible. When it falls to the ground, someone needs to choose a question on the ball and give the correct answer to the question. Give a sticker to the children for each correct answer.
  3. Intro: Ask the children to imagine, what would our world look like if we had no laws? Help them by giving examples: what would it be like if cars never stopped at a red light? Or if people could harm others without consequences? Finish by telling them laws are put in place so that we can live safe and well.
    Question: What would life be like if there were no punishment for breaking laws?
    Answer: The law wouldn’t mean anything without punishment.

    Question: Would people constantly break laws if there were no consequences for breaking them?
    Answer: Yes, we are sinners by nature and choice.
  4. Read: Matthew 22:34-40. Explain that God’s law still remains today and it is still the standard by which God expects His people to live. Let them know that the only one that that kept God’s law perfectly was Jesus. Which means we are all lawbreakers. Lawbreakers deserve punishment. However, When Jesus died on the cross, He died for all of us lawbreakers. He took our place of punishment.

    This is a great time to explain the plan of salvation in your words to your children. Read John 1:12 and Romans 3:23, we are all sinners.

    Jesus loves you so much he took the punishment of your sin (1 Cor. 15:3). If you confess that you have done wrong things and believe that Jesus died and came back to life for you, God will forgive all your sin. If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. 1 John 1:9.

    Pray: I’m sorry for the wrong thing I’ve done.
    I’m glad Jesus died for me and came back to life.
    Please forgive me and make me part of your family.
    I’m thankful for Your promise to always be with me and love me.

Memorize:

Question 7, answer 7 and verse, Matthew 22:37-40.

Week 6 – How can we glorify God?

Question

How can we glorify God?

Answer

By loving him and by obeying his commands and law.

Memory Verse:

“You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always.” – Deuteronomy 11:1

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer. Review last weeks question and answer.
  2. Print out or write all questions & answers from lessons 1 – 5. Hang up all the questions on different corners and walls of a room. Fold all the answers up and have the children pick a folded answer. They look at the answer and try match it to the correct question.
  3. Intro: Ask the children if they are a fan of a sports team. Let them tell you what team or sport they are a fan of. Ask them if there are ways someone could tell they were a fan (clothing, bragging about wins, going to games, etc.) Ask them how huge fans act when they are at a game (shouting, cheering, singing songs and chants). This glorifies a team. Tell the children when we glorify people, it tells them how great they are or praise them we do this to tell them how much we love them. Glorifying means giving praise. Introduce question and answer 6. Explain that this question will help us to Glorify God in our lives. It will be different than glorifying our favorite team. But, it will be by loving God, praising him, serving him and telling others about him.
  4. Read: Deuteronomy 11:1-13. As they or you read the verses have them identify the mighty acts of God. Show them how God cares for them, protects them, and how He saves his people.Let them know that Moses wrote this book to help the people understand that their love for God should be characterized by obedience, telling others about Him, and by committing to one another. He was showing them how to glorify God. Let them know that obedience to God is our response because we love God. It brings Him glory.
  5. Remind: children that glorifying God is giving Him praise and honor and telling others of His greatness. God doesn’t need to be glorified. Glorifying God is part of being in a loving relationship With Him. That is what God wants from all of us.

Ask questions, practice Q&A and end in prayer

  1. What would it look like if you were more focused on glorifying God?
  2. Do you struggle to give God glory, honor, and praise?
  3. Is it hard to obey God?

Week 5 – What else did God create?

Question 5

How and why did God create us?

Answer

God created all things, and all His creation was very good.

Memory Verse:

“And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good.”
Genesis 1:31

Outline for lesson 5

  1. Open in prayer. Review last weeks question and answer.
  2. Review Game. Supplies needed for review game: four disposable cups, marker, paper, a ping pong ball (or paper wad), small prizes.
    Game set-up: write the numbers 1-4 on the paper, cut the paper so there is one number on each piece of paper, fold the numbers up. Write the different prizes on the bottom of the cups.
    Directions for game, divide the children up into teams, have the teams choose a number from the folded papers. Ask the team to remember the catechism question and answer that corresponds with the number they have chosen. If they remember the question and answer let them recite it to you as a group. If the team gets it correct they get a few chances to throw the ping pong ball into a cup. When they get the ball into a cup allow them to read the bottom of the cup, their team will receive that prize. Review questions and answers 1-4 at the end of the game.
  3. Activity: Have everyone stand in a circle and starting with the letter “A” go around in a circle and name something God has made in creation. Go through the alphabet. Help younger children if they can’t think of something. At the end of the alphabet ask children, How do you feel after listening to things God has created? Ask them if they are amazed at the assortment of God’s creation? Introduce question 5. Ask, What else did God create? Explain that question 5 is about God’s creation.
  4. Ask children that can read, to read Genesis 1:1-31. Divide the verses up into days of creation. Show the pictures that correspond with the day of creation (Q5 illustration in downloads). After reading verses ask them, “ What did God use to make everything?” Answer: He created everything out of nothing. There was a time when mountains, sand, trees, ocean, stars etc. did not exist. Creation comes out of God’s will and imagination, He creates everything for himself, with great meaning and purpose.

Extra Activity:

Read the ingredients on the back of a cake mix or read a recipe. Tell the children you can make this cake because you have things to make it. Download activity and lesson pdf’s (below) and see the Q&A’s provided.