February 3

A Law for God’s people
(The ten commandments)

Exodus 19-20

Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • God made a covenant, or special agreement, with His people.

  • God gave rules to show how to love Him and others.

  • God promised to be their God if they kept His covenant.

Key Passage:
Matthew 22:37

Christ Connection:
God gave us rules to show that He is holy. Our sin keeps us away from God, but Jesus came to bring us back to Him. Jesus is holy; He never sinned. We can trust Him to forgive our sin.

Big Picture Question:
What is God like? God is holy, good, and loving.

Story Point:
God gave rules to show how to love Him and others.

Big Ideas:

  • God gave us rules to love Him and others.

  • People do not always obey God’s rules.

  • Jesus always obeyed God’s rules.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Name some of the commandments.

  • Is keeping the Ten Commandments easy or hard? Who can we ask to help us obey His Law?

  • Who always obeyed God’s commands?

Family Activities:

  • Play a game such as “Simon Says” or “Mother, May I?” Talk about what it would be like to play with no rules.

  • Memorize the Ten Commandments as a family. Talk about how Jesus kept all the commandments perfectly on our behalf.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • Moses went up Mount Sinai to speak with God.

  • God told Moses what to teach the people.

  • God gave rules to show how to love Him and others.

Key Passage:
Matthew 22:37-39

Story Point:
God gave us rules to show how to love Him and others.

Big Picture Question:
What is God like? God is holy, good, and loving.

Christ Connection:
God is holy and separate from sin. His law shows us what He requires — perfect righteousness. Our sin separates us from God, but Jesus came to bring us back to God. Jesus is perfectly righteous. When we trust in Jesus, He takes away our sin and welcomes us into God’s family.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why are the first four commandments important?

  • Why are the last six commandments important?

  • Who has perfectly obeyed God’s rules?

Family Activities:

  • Teach your kids to play a board or card game. Discuss how it would feel to play without knowing the rules. Remind them that God’s rules are explained in the Bible.

  • Work with your family to make a list of rules for your family to follow for at least one evening. Rules can be silly or serious.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
Matthew 22:37-39

Story Point:
God gave us rules to show how to love Him and others.

Big Picture Question:
What is God like? God is holy, good, and loving.

Christ Connection:
God is holy and separate from sin. His law shows us what He requires — perfect righteousness. Our sin separates us from God, but Jesus came to bring us back to God. Jesus is perfectly righteous. When we trust in Jesus, He takes away our sin and welcomes us into God’s family.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • What rules does your family have? Why does your family have rules?

  • List the Ten Commandments. Why did God give rules?

  • Does God accept us based on our ability to obey His commands? Why or why not?