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God's Love Rules

The Ten Commandments, the two Greatest Commandments and the Golden Rule

Rationale

God has given us his Law, his rules or commands, so that we might know how to live in relationship with him and with each other. These rules, the Law, cannot save us but it can direct us to how life should be lived. It stands against our own desires to do the wrong thing and also false ideas that from others which can lead us astray. Children at this stage of moral development are bound largely by rules which are external to themselves. Their moral code is shaped by the standards of adults and the consequences of following or breaking their rules. Authority is outside the individual and reasoning is based on the immediate consequences of actions. Physical consequences especially apply at this age but are not the only kind of consequence. We teach children to be like ourselves. We make them witnesses to our own behaviour. Stories from real life, movies and literature likewise are examples by which they learn, and can stir and provoke the moral imagination. ‘Moral intelligence’ isn’t acquired only by memorisation of a list of rules and regulations. It is acquired by experiencing God’s love and the love of others and seeing how the ‘rules’ are played out in real life.

Key Concepts

  • God gave us his Law so that we might know what he is like and how we can relate to him and to each other
  • His rules are all expressions of his love for us and are good for us
  • All of God’s Laws flow from the two Great Commandments, which are to love God and love each other
  • Rules help us to respect people and property
  • Rules help keep us safe and well

Scripture References

Exodus 20:1-17 - The Ten Commandments
Deuteronomy 5:6-21 - The Ten Commandments give again
Mark 12:30-31 - the two Great Commandments
Matthew 22:36-40 - the two Great Commandments
Matthew 7:12 - the Golden Rule
Deuteronomy 6:7 - parents are to teach their children God’s Law
Galatians 5:14; Romans 13:8-14 - the Law is fulfilled through love

Resources

See books listed below in Ideas

Ideas/strategies for lessons

  • Learn the Ten Commandments through the bible verses and by song
  • Full Bible video with the ten commandments included - can show all or parts of this as separate lesson
  • Prepare…

Whiteboard markers

A4 Image of Olympic runner.

Lesson...

Ask - What rules do you think an Olympic runner has to follow? (write down kids answers on board)

Discuss consequences of not having rules and of people not following the rules (Hollie Johnson - SCC)

Based upon principles from the bestselling book "Boundaries" by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, this book helps children learn at an early age the value of setting and keeping boundaries to be safe, happy, and obedient to God. Based upon principles from the bestselling book "Boundaries" by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, this book helps children learn at an early age the value of setting and keeping boundaries to be safe, happy, and obedient to God.
Boundary 1: Say Yes to Telling the Truth
Boundary 2: Say Yes to Sharing
Boundary 3: Say No to Whining
Boundary 4: Say Yes to Respect
Boundary 5: Say Yes to Clean-up
Boundary 6: Say No to Meanies
Boundary 7: Say Yes to Following the Rules
Boundary 8: Say Yes to Manners
Boundary 9: Say No to Arguing
Boundary 10: Say Yes to Thanking God

To explain what each fruit means
How many kinds of fruit can you think of? Where does it come from and how does it grow? Nine Fruits Alive describes the fruit that comes from God's Spirit. Little ones will learn that just like water and sunlight help oranges grow on an orange tree, loving God and obeying His word will grow in us the fruit of God's Spirit, like joy, goodness, peace and more God loves to see His fruit in all of us and this book will help young ones understand how it grows. How many kinds of fruit can you think of? Where does it come from and how does it grow? Nine Fruits Alive describes the fruit that comes from God's Spirit. Little ones will learn that just like water and sunlight help oranges grow on an orange tree, loving God and obeying His word will grow in us the fruit of God's Spirit, like joy, goodness, peace and more. God loves to see His fruit in all of us and this book will help young ones understand how it grows [Publisher]

  • Science: rules of gravity – God created those
    • Astronauts - play game etc. But in this world gravity exists – if we don’t keep it in mind we will get hurt. 
    • Then God’s Rules about being good and kind to people – if we don’t obey God’s rules we run into trouble – what kind of trouble?
    • Heart: A4 size cut from coloured paper: Then discuss how hurtful words and behaviour tear people’s heart in pieces – only allow children to tear heart in 4 pieces as you would like them to put it together again- giving ideas of how to help a child that got his/her heart ‘broken’.Teacher scribes the ideas. 
  •  An old Cherokee Indian is teaching his son about life.

“A fight is going on inside of me”, he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.

The same fight is going on inside you and inside every other person too”.

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:

“Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied “the one you feed.”

Maddie's jump rope is missing, and she's angry! Who took her jump rope? Will forgiveness happen after this? Find out in this delightful level-one I Can Read Book.

Back page comment:

In this delightfully illustrated and comical tale, Mad Maddy learns that angrily accusing others isn’t wise.

This MOPS Kids book is designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages 4 -6. It addresses the issues of anger and forgiveness in a gentle and engaging way. It demonstrates how prayer is used to ask for forgiveness.

Here is a wonderful resource for children's ministry, with over 200 fun, active learning games for children aged 6-12. Each game comes with easy-to-follow, reproducible instructions, plus a handy index that helps you to find the kind of game you need for every occasion!

Reproducible Bible stories created in simple art just for preschoolers to colour and use in telling the stories. Includes Preschool/Pre-K and K scope and sequence.

Little hands will enjoy colouring these simple art pictures and then retelling the Bible stories. Reproducible.

HeartShaper® Resources help children of all ages discover God's love and interact with the Bible in a way that helps them connect to God, Jesus, the church, family, and others. These age-appropriate resources can enhance any children’s curriculum and help reinforce Bible lessons. [Publisher]

This brilliant resource provides 100 creative crafts with age-appropriate questions and discussion starters about God's Word. Fun for 3-12 year-olds at home, school, or church, the activities are divided by age and presented on reproducible, perforated pages.

A compendium of ideas and resources for involving children in active learning about the true meaning of Christmas and celebration of Jesus' birth. The book contains a great variety of resources to meet the needs of those who want to create a customised Children's Christmas Program or enrich Kids' Club and Sunday School programs. - Publisher.

The world's leading flannel Bible teaching materials - available in two sizes to meet all your Sunday School, Scripture, VBS and other Bible illustration needs for years to come. The set includes beautiful backgrounds and figures for 156 weeks of Bible lessons. All Betty Lukens flannel materials are manufactured from the highest quality polyester felt. Your sets will last a lifetime, will not fade and are fully hand washable to maintain their original freshness.

Small Set 56cm x 35cm.

The only thing holding it back from 5 stars is that you have to cut out all 900 pieces yourself and file them. This is extremely time consuming.