Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sunday School Lessons on the Ten Commandments - Keeping the Sabbath

Teach children to obey God's Top 10 rules in our Sunday School lessons on the Ten Commandments.


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.

Has anyone here ever heard of the word “workaholic”?
What is a “workaholic”? Someone who works a lot.
What happens if someone works too much? (Lead students into realizing that if someone works too much, they don’t have enough time for other things like spending time with their family or going to church. Also, they can get tired and grumpy, etc.)
You’re probably not workaholics because you don’t have jobs yet, but I wonder if any of you ever feel too busy. Let me hear some of the things you all have to do. (Go to school, do homework, extracurricular activities, chores, spend time with different sides of the family, etc.)
(Have a student read Exodus 20:8-11.)
God says to keep the Sabbath day holy and not to work on the Sabbath. What day of the week is the Sabbath? The Sabbath used to be on Saturday, but now, since Jesus rose from the dead on a Sunday, we made Sunday to be our Sabbath day.
God says that we are to keep the Sabbath day, Sunday, holy to the Lord. What do we do to make Sunday holy? What special thing do we do on Sundays? We come to church. Coming to church is how we make the Sabbath day holy to God. God wants us to come to church and worship and learn about Him on Sundays.

God also says not to work on the Sabbath. He wants us to rest. Why do you think God wants us to rest? God knows that people can get too busy and He wants us to remember that we have to take time to rest so we don’t get too tired and so that we can make sure we have enough time to spend time going to church and spending time with our families and things like that.

So the Sabbath is a day to worship God and to rest.

Game: What Should I Do? 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 what the character in the story should do.
Story 1: A coach for the little league football team came to Chad’s school today and talked to the students about playing football for him. Chad thinks playing little league football would be really fun and a lot of the other boys in his class are going to sign up to be on the team. The only thing is that their games are going to be on Sunday morning and Chad would have to miss church to play in the game. What should Chad do? Should he sign up to be on the team? No. God says we have to keep the Sabbath day holy as a day to worship and learn about Him. Chad can’t miss church to play on the football team because that would be breaking the Sabbath.

Story 2: Katie’s parents want to go on vacation this weekend, but if they go, they’ll miss church on Sunday because they’ll still be on vacation. Katie’s dad says that it’s okay if they miss church this once because they can read a Bible story and pray together Sunday morning while they’re on vacation, but Katie’s parents want to know what she thinks. What should Katie do? Should she go on vacation or stay home so she can go to church? Katie can go on vacation. The Sabbath day is a day holy to God for us to worship and learn about Him. And most of the time God wants us to be in church, but it’s okay to sometimes to miss church if we’re going to worship God in another way. We don’t have to be in church to worship God. We can worship and learn about God anywhere.
Story 3: A few months later, Stephanie called Katie on the phone and invited Katie to spend the night with her. But Katie was worried. It was a Saturday and she knew she had church the next day. She told Stephanie that she probably couldn’t because she would have to miss church if she spent the night. But then Stephanie said that it would be okay because her family goes to church, too, and Katie could just go to church with her family in the morning. What should Katie do? Should she stay home and go to her own church or should she spend the night at Stephanie’s and go to Stephanie’s church? Katie can go to Stephanie’s church. The Sabbath day is a day holy to God for us to worship and learn about Him. And most of the time God wants us to have our own church that we usually go to, but it’s okay to sometimes miss our church if we’re going to go visit another church. Just as long as we’re worshiping and learning about God.

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