Try the following discussion topics and activities to teach your lesson for Sunday school ten commandments. These activities are especially relevant for your teens who are establishing their sense of self along with the need to work together in society. God’s laws and societal laws should work toward the same goals.
Today’s bible reading is the story of the 10 Commandments.
Exodus 20: 1-17
Ask for volunteers to read this and divide the verses between them.
Commandments are laws. The 10 Commandments are the laws that God has given to us so that we live in way that will please him. Are laws a good idea? What would happen to our society if we didn’t have laws?
Supply paper and pens/pencils. Have each student write down as many Commandments as they can remember. Give a time allocation of 10 minutes for this – 10 minutes for 10 Commandments.
Have them keep the pens and paper for the next activity.
Do Christians still keep the Commandments? What about other laws? Which laws are both a Commandment and part of our legal system? Is failing to keep a Commandment against the law? Christians in various countries live with different kinds of laws enforced by society, but they should all keep the same Commandments.
Ask the students to think about what it must have been like to be one of the Israelites listening to Moses tell of God’s Commandments. On the piece paper used earlier, write down some notes about what you might have seen, felt.
Next choose a volunteer to stand up and using their notes as a reference, describe the scene as if they were reporting it for radio (no images so describing what they see is important) – how are the Commandments received by the people, are they happy to know how to please God, are they afraid, do they think they’re a good idea, what kind of night is it, are the people excited.