Saturday, June 28, 2014

Online Sunday School Lessons - The Two Greatest Commandments

Another great addition to your online Sunday School lessons! Teach children to to love God and their neighbors.

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.

Does anyone remember what some of God’s big rules are? 1-2. We can only have one God, the real God. 3. We have to use His name respectfully. We can’t use God’s name unless we’re talking to Him or about Him. 4. We have to keep the Sabbath. We have to have one day a week that is special to us for worshiping and learning about God. 5. We have to honor and respect our parents and grandparents. 6. We can’t kill or hurt any other person. 7. When we get married, our husband or our wife has to be the most important person to us and we can’t have any other boyfriends or   girlfriends. 8. We can’t steal. We have to work for or ask for what we want. 9. We can’t tell lies about other people. 10. We have to be happy with the things that we have instead of always wanting what other people have.

That’s a lot of rules for us to follow, isn’t it? What if we could just follow two rules instead? Would that make it easier? Let’s look them up those two rules.
(Have a student read Deuteronomy 4:5.)

What is this rule telling us to do? To love God with all our heart and our soul and our strength. In other words, to love God with everything that we have.
If we love God with all of our heart and all of our soul and all of our strength, will we have any other gods that we worship? No.

Will we use God’s name in the wrong way if we really love Him? No, we will only use God’s name respectfully.

If we love God with everything that we have, will we want to take time to worship and learn about Him on the Sabbath? Yes.
So this rule, “Love God with all your heart and all your soul and all your strength” is a good summary of the first four rules. If we love God, we will automatically keep the first four rules.
Let’s look at the second rule. 

(Have another student read Leviticus 19:18.)

What is this rule telling us to do? Love other people.
Okay. So if we love other people, if we love our parents, for example, will we honor and respect them or will we be disrespectful to them? We will honor and respect them.
And if we love other people, will we kill or hurt them? No.

If we love our husband or our wife when we get married, will we hurt their feelings by having other boyfriends and girlfriends? No. We will only love our husband or wife in that way.
If we love other people, will we steal from them or get jealous of them if they have something we don’t? No. We will love them and be happy for them that they have nice things.
If we love other people, will we tell lies about them? No. That would hurt their feelings.

So this second rule, “Love your neighbor as yourself”, is a good way to remember the other six big rules God has for us. Because if we love other people the way God wants us to, we won’t do anything bad to them.

So remember, “Love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you can do that, love God and love other people, you will be following God’s other rules automatically.

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