Saturday, June 28, 2014

10 Commandments Sunday School Lesson - Respecting God's Name

Use this 10 Commandments Sunday School lesson to teach kids not to take God's name in vain.

 

Needed: Bibles


Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

Ask students, Does anyone remember why God gives us rules? God gives us rules because He loves us. The rules He gives us are meant to protect us and others.

Have you ever heard someone say (in an excited voice), “Oh, my God!”
           
Have you ever heard someone say (in an irritated voice), “Jesus Christ!”
           
What do you think when you hear someone say those things? Are those good things to say? Why or why not?
           
(Have a student read Exodus 20:7.)
           
God says not to misuse His name or take His name in vain. How is saying, “Oh, my God!” or “Jesus Christ!” when you’re excited or mad about something misusing God’s name and taking His name in vain? It’s misusing God’s name and taking His name in vain when we say His name, but we’re not really talking to Him or about Him.

We need to respect God and one way we can show respect to God is to only use His name when we’re talking to Him or about Him. We can’t just say God’s name like it’s any other word. God’s name is special because God is special and we have to show respect to Him.

Game: Right or Wrong: Tell students that you’re going to play a review game with them. You’ll tell them a short story and they’ll have to decide if the character in the story used God’s name the right way or the wrong way.  

Story 1: Chad is at school, talking to his friend, Billy. Chad is telling Billy about his weekend. “We went to church and we saw this video about how Jesus died on the cross and then came back to life three days later.” Did Chad use Jesus’ name the right way or the wrong way? The right way because he was really talking about Jesus.
                                   
Story 2: Lisa overhears Billy and Chad talking. “Oh, God!” she says. “Church is so boring! I’m glad my family doesn’t go to church!” Did Lisa use God’s name the right way or the wrong way? The wrong way because she wasn’t using God’s name respectfully.

Story 3: After school, Chad is rushing to put all of his stuff in his book bag and get out to the bus. He knows he’s running late and he’s afraid the bus might leave without him. He whispers, “Jesus, help me get to the bus!” Did Chad use Jesus’ name the right way or the wrong way? The right way because He was saying a prayer for Jesus to help him.
                                   
Story 4: Billy is also running late for the bus. As he’s stuffing his book bag, he accidentally drops one of his folders and all of his papers spill out onto the ground. “God darn it!” Billy says. Did Billy use God’s name the right way or the wrong way? The wrong way because he wasn’t talking to God or about God. He was using God’s name disrespectfully.

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