Thanks for joining us again as we do Children’s Worship from home!
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God Shows Us How to Live
Based on: Exodus 19—20
Activity One: Read the intro. Watch the video.
Activity Two: Discuss the story using provided questions as prompts.
Activity Three: Respond to the story by doing the activity.
Activity Four: Bless your children
(It’s not an activity, but just a little background on the story for you, the parent, to read.)
God has always shown us how to live. Once He redeemed Israel from the land of Egypt, God formed the Mosaic covenant between Himself and His people. It began a new era in their history. God continued to fulfill the promises He made to His people through the Abrahamic covenant. But the Mosaic covenant gave the people the means by which they would be able to experience that promised blessing. This covenant established the standards of righteousness for God’s people—His holy nation.
Yahweh was the God of Israel, and the people were in relationship with Him. God gave His people a model for living through the Ten Commandments that enhanced their worship and service to Him. This covenant demanded not only that the Israelites conform to a set of laws, but also that their hearts be oriented toward God. When the people lived out the laws, their lives demonstrated the intimate relationship they shared with God. A holy nation living in worship and service to the Lord acts as a catalyst to bring the nations of the earth into relationship with Him.
The covenant between God and His people at Sinai was a foreshadowing of what was to come. His law was “our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith” (Galatians 3:24). In Him our worship, and our service, are complete. As we follow the Lord, we model for others the relationship it’s possible to have with the Holy God.
Activity 1: STORY
Lead children in a Prayer of Release to pause, be still, and ask the Holy Spirit to quiet their hearts and minds.
Introduction to read to the children:
Did you know that God shows us the best way to live? He gave us the Holy Spirit, who is always with us, to remind us of who God is and what He has done. We can talk to God anytime and anywhere. We can pray and read the Bible, God’s Word, so we can learn more about knowing and worshipping Him. God loves us so much! He shows us how to live. In today’s Big God Story we hear how God gave instructions called The Ten Commandments so we know the best way to live and worship God.
Watch the video:
Activity 2: DISCUSSION
Today in The Big God Story we heard how God came and spoke to His people. God told Moses the Ten Commandments so the Israelites would know the best way to live and how to worship and serve only Him.
I wonder … What did the Israelites think when they were waiting for God to come to them?
I wonder … Would I be scared if I heard the trumpets sound or the thunder and lightning?
I wonder … Who is someone in my life who shows me God’s way to live?
After discussing the Wonder Questions, you’ll have the opportunity to pray with and for each of the children in your group.
Did God show the Israelites how to live in The Big God Story today? Children respond. Yes, He did! The Israelites praised God for choosing them to be His people. One thing God asks us to do is to worship only one God—Him! Let’s do that right now. Let’s worship God together. I’ll begin. “God, I will worship You; You are the one and only true God!” Encourage children to praise God with their own words. Close as the Holy Spirit directs you. Then continue the worship time with some singing.
Worship Songs: Three songs about the 10 Commandments. Take your pick!
Activity 3: RESPONSE ACTIVITY
God gave the 10 Commandments to show us how to live and have a life that’s the best it can be. Let’s make this to remind ourselves how we can live to honor God.
Print and cut out the 10 Commandment foldable. Fold to make an old fashioned cootie-catcher.
If you need directions here’s a Youtube video to watch.
Fold and have fun reviewing the 10 Commandments.
Read aloud Psalm 25:4: Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths.”
Explain that we can bless each other by speaking the following words:
May God show you where to go and teach you the way He wants you to live.