Week 13 – Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?

Question

Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?

Answer

Since the fall, no human has been able to keep the law of god perfectly.

Memory Verse:

“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” – Romans 3:10-12

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer
  2. Review: Supplies, whiteboard, marker & masking tape. Create a line with the tape for the children to stand behind it. Parent reads either the question or answer to the catechism and the child will run to write the number of the catechism answer or questions on the whiteboard. Scoring, 2 points for correct answer and 1 point for the fastest person to write the answer on the whiteboard.
  3. Intro: use the whiteboards and markers and ask each child to write down three of the worse crimes they can think of. Then have them rank them 1 being the worst. Let them know that these are all equal in God’s eyes. Now make a horizontal line and write innocent on the left and sinful on the right. Have them put a dot on the line where they think they are. Remind them that we have all broken God’s laws. Introduce the question. Tell them that God gave His law to show His people how to live, but we have all failed to keep his law perfectly, except Jesus
  4. Read: ask children if they have ever gotten 100% on a test. Then ask if they always get 100% on all their tests. Perfection is impossible. Read Romans 3:9-20. Let them know that Paul was helping his readers know that they were in a very bad situation. The law shows us how sinful we are in front of God. Write down all the things in these verses that God says about people.What parts of the body is mentioned? There is no part of us that is not infected by sin. Ask them if the living room is clean, when they say “yes” tell them that it may look clean, but if we use a flashlight we can see dust and other dirt in the room. The flashlight is like the law. It lets us see where we have failed to live for God. Let them know that Jesus bears our punishment in order to restore our relationship with God. Tell them the plan of salvation.
  5. Ask and discuss these questions:
    Q: Why did God allow sin to enter the world?
    A: God knew we would sin. He allowed it to happen so He could display His great love through Jesus.

    Q: Why would it mattered if I actually keep the law?
    A: God is holy and just and must punish sin. If we fail to repent, one day we will stand before God.

    Q: I’m not sure I’m a Christian. Will I face God’s punishment?
    A: Repeat the plan of salvation for them.
  6. Memory Activity: Write out the memory verse. Leave out all the vowels. Have children fill in the blank vowels. Then repeat it several times together.

Week 12 – What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments?

Question

What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments?

Answer

Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive. Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone.

Memory Verse:

“If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing well.” – James 2:8

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer. Thank God for being the truth and for His commands. Help us live in a right way that shows Your grace to others.
  2. Review: Supplies: Index cards, pen and scissors, lunch bag, stapler and timer. Cut the index cards in half. If you want to make this a bit harder, do not use the same index card that was cut for the same lesson. Older children will match the cut. Or you can write the question and answer using the same cut index card to help younger children. Write questions 1 – 11 on the smaller index cards. Place all cards in a paper bag and staple top. Have children open up bag empty the bag of the Q & A’s and put then together. Time them. Try a second time together and see if they get a faster time.
  3. Intro:
    Tell or read the story of “ The Boy Who Cried Wolf” to your family. At end of story ask these questions:
    *What did the boy do in the story?
    *Do you like being lied to?
    *Have you ever lied?
    *Did the people believe the boy when he was telling the truth?
    *Why do we like hearing the truth?
    Is all lying wrong? What about a “white lie?” All lying is wrong.
    Why are we tempted to tell lies? We think it might get us out of trouble with our parents, or it might make us more popular with our friends, or will help us control a situation.
    Say, “The Bible has many warnings against lying and the 9th commandment says that God does not want people to lie.” Introduce question and answer 12.
  4. Read: Exodus 20: 1-17. Ask who are the people in these commands? These commandments are intended to help God’s people live wisely with each other. What does it mean, to be like God? God tells us in the Bible that, he is truth. Since God is truth, how should we feel about telling the truth? Read John 8:44. Who does this verse say is the Father of Lies? What do you think about lying? Telling the truth is being like God.
    What does Coveting mean? Wanting things that others have. God cares about our hearts. Coveting often causes people to become focussed on things that can take the place of God in the hearts of his people.
  5. Recite: Memorize Q & A and verse from lesson 12. Pray that we will desire to tell the truth at all times.

Week 11 – What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?

Question

What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?

Answer

Sixth, that we do not hurt or hate our neighbor. Seventh, that we live purely and faithfully. Eighth, that we do not take without permission that which belongs to some else.

Memory Verse:

“For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandments, are summed up in this word: ‘ You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Romans 13:9

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in Prayer: Help us live a life that is centered on You. Help us to show love to others in our family and community.
  2. Review Activity: Supplies: index cards, a pen, and a treat.  Write numbers 1 – 10 on an index card.  Turn them over and have one person say the question of that lesson and another say the answer. If they do well, offer them a treat.
  3. Intro: Read the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5) After reading say,” We can break God’s law in our hearts, even if no one else knows. Ask, “Have you ever said that you hate someone?” Have you ever thought mean thoughts about someone else? Jesus taught that hating others is like killing them in our hearts. When we imagine doing something to hurt someone, we are sinning, even if we never act on our thoughts. 
    Demonstration: Draw a large heart on a piece of paper, Fold it in half. Say, “No one can see what is inside your heart except for God. Think about a time you have had a mean thought about someone. Let’s ask for forgiveness and thank God for forgiving ours sins that only He knows about.
  4. Read: Romans 13:8-10. Explain that the book of Romans was written by Paul as a letter to Christian in Rome. Paul is explaining how we should live as Christians. We should  live in a way that glorifies Christ (referring to the 6th, 7th and 8th commandments). God wants us to keep these commandments: do not harm or hate others, love the family God has given you, and you must not take what is not yours. Reread verse 9.  Ask, “What do you think the verse means?” What are some ways you can show love to others? Draw a picture showing how you can love others.
  5. Remind: children that God wants us to live in a way that glorifies Him. We can always go to Him in prayer when we fail, and God will forgive us.
  6. Recite: Question, answer and verse.

Main Idea:

Help children learn the commandments are all about loving God and loving others. Obeying God’s commands involves loving him and loving others.

Week 10 – What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments?

Question

What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments?

Answer

Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in worship of God. Fifth, that we love and honor our father and our mother.

Memory Verse:

“Every one of you shall revere his mother and father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.” – Leviticus 19:3

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in Prayer: Praise God for being good. Thank Him for taking care of His people. Ask to find joy in His commandments
  2. Review Activity: Prep: Place a small toy or candy into 9 separate lunch bags. Also put in a catechism question 1 -9 into each bag with the toy or candy. Fold top of bags and staple shut. Place the bags in a circle on the ground.

    How to play game: ( it’s a version of musical chairs) children will stand by a bag. As the music starts they will go around the circle of bags until the music stops. They will pick up the bag that they were standing by when the music stopped. Let them open the bag and read the question. If they know the answer they get to keep the treat in the bag. Play until all bags are opened.
  3. Intro: Explain that parents and children are a part of our lesson today. Older children may enjoy the code breaker on our resource page. Younger children my want to match up parents and children.
    1. Belle and Maurice (Beauty and the Beast)
    2. Nemo and Marlin (Finding Nemo)
    3. Elsa and King Agnarr (Frozen)
    4. Simba and Mufasa ( The Lion King)
    5. Invisigirl and Elastigirl ( The Incredibles)
  4. Read: question and answer 10. Ask them what they think honoring their father and mother means. Is honoring hard or easy? Now that we have experienced God’s love it helps us honor our parents. What does honoring look like now? What will it look like when they are older?
  5. Read: Exodus 20:1-17. Ask, What does the Sabbath mean? Answer, The Sabbath is a day that God set apart for worship and rest. Why do they think the word remember is in the Ten Commandments? Answer: Sometimes we forget to rest and spend focused time with God. Ask, Why do you think God asked us to take a Sabbath rest? Think about why God made this one of the ten commandments. Work and rest is included in the best pattern for life. God knows how important it is for people to have spiritual rest and physical rest.

Main Idea:

Main Idea: God gave us His commands for the good of His people.