Saturday, June 28, 2014

Ten Commandments Sunday School Lesson - Why Does God Give Us Rules?

Use this Ten Commandments Sunday School lesson to teach kids about God's love in giving us His rules.

Needed: Bibles, Whiteboard and markers

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

Ask students, What are some of the rules that you have in your house? (As students name the rules, write them down on the board or a piece of paper. Help them brainstorm and suggest rules that you had as a child or rules you give your children now.)

When the list is finished, ask, Why do you think your parents give you all these rules?  (Discuss the consequences of breaking their parents’ rules and guide the students into realizing that the rules help protect either themselves or someone else from physical or emotional harm.)

God also gives us rules. Let’s read what some of God’s rules are. (Have students take turns reading the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17.)

Why do you think God gave us these rules? Is it because God is mean and He doesn’t want us to have fun so He makes a lot of rules for people to follow? No! God likes us to have fun.     
Is it because God is bored and He doesn’t have anything better to do than to make up rules? No! God has lots to do. God never gets bored.
So why did God give us all these rules? God made rules to protect us, just like your parents do. God’s rules help us to live in a way that will make us happy and won’t get us into trouble with negative consequences. God made us and He loves us and He gives us rules to help us stay safe.

We’ll look at this list of God’s rules some more over the next few weeks and talk about what exactly the rules mean and how we can follow them.

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