Jan 23, 2022
Ten Commandments: God is Holy
God is our rescuer: He is completely holy, completely perfect. Our sin separates us from him. We can’t fix this problem on our own.
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” - Matthew 22:37-39
Relativism is the cultural air we breathe. The idea of something being black or white, right or wrong, often rubs us the wrong way. Some may wonder whether devoting an entire unit to the Ten Commandments is a good idea. Isn’t it just being legalistic, old fashioned, or boring? What does the law have to do with grace?The truth is we need the Ten Commandments now more than ever. We need them not because our end goal is to create classrooms of perfectly behaved children or because we can earn God’s forgiveness through obedience. We need them because God’s law not only shows us how life works best, but it also reveals our need for a Savior. In God’s perfect law we see our depravity and inability to meet his standards. The law shows us our sin and points us to Jesus who kept it perfectly. In this unit, kids will do a close study of five of what we call the “Ten Commandments.” They’ll get a view of why we need the commandments, what they mean, and how they apply to our lives today.
The 9th Commandment: You Shall Not Give False Testimony Against Your Neighbor
In this lesson, students read and discuss the 9th commandment—do not give false testimony against your neighbor - and other passages that talk about lying/truth-telling. They will play a game to determine what a lie is and isn’t. Students will also play a game to determine what is a lie and what is not.
Children will learn when we understand Jesus loves us and our true worth and acceptance is found in him, we don’t have to lie.
I can trust Jesus is the truth, and only with God’s help can I speak the truth and obey God’s law.