Children’s Catechism Lesson 5: One True God

Lesson Plan

  • Topic: One True God
  • Bible Passage: Isaiah 45:5; Exodus 20
  • Big Idea: There is only one true God.
  • Objectives: Children will acknowledge that the Bible teaches that there is only one true God. Children will understand that we do not worship more than one true God. Children will see that worshipping others persons/things other than God is the sin of idolatry. 
  • Materials Used: 

HOOK

We have learned many big and important things about God. And in our catechism lesson for this week, we will learn another important lesson the Bible says about God. Read the first part of Isaiah 45:5. The Bible teaches us that God said He is the only true God. There is no other God besides Him alone. Our catechism lesson this week is:

  1. Is there more than one true God?
    No. There is only one true God.

Some people we know make pretend gods out of stone, clay or even wood. They bow down and worship to these false gods, thinking these statues or images can help them. These statues or images are what we call idols. Can you try to think of some idols in our country? (Santo Niño, Black Nazarene, Mama Mary, QuanYi Ma, Buddha, etc.) People in the Old Testament also tried to make an idol. Some of them even worship the sun, moon, and stars. When God chose the Israelites and kept them safe from the many troubles in Egypt, God told them to bow down to Him alone because He is the only real true God.  

BOOK

God saved the people of Israel from the bad things that Pharoah and his army in Egypt. They saw the waters open, and how the Lord protected them from being taken again. They travelled far far away until they reached a big mountain called Mount Sinai. God gave the Israelites his special instructions on how to live as God’s family. Then Moses climbed up the mountain where God spoke to him for many days. God gave Moses these special instructions called the commandments, and God Himself wrote them on stone tablets.

God told them, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. ” Two of the ten commandments says that:

Thou shalt have no other gods but Me;
Before no idol bow thy knee.

But Moses stayed up in the mountain for quite a while, and the people were not sure if her would come back. And so the brother of Moses, Aaron, asked for all their gold things so he could melt them their necklaces, coins into a golden calf.

Then the people had a party to celebrate, saying that the calf was the god who saved them from Egypt! The Israelites disobeyed God’s instructions. They disobeyed God’s law because they didn’t love him the best. When Moses went down from the mountain, he saw all that the people had done.  He became so angry that he threw the stone tablets, and that it broke into pieces.

LOOK

  • Is there more than one true God? No. There is only one true God.
  • Who saved the Israelites from Pharoah and his army? God.
  • What were the first two commandments that God gave the Israelite people? Thou shalt have no other gods but Me; Before no idol bow thy knee.
  • Did the Israelite people follow God’s commandments? No. They made an idol out of gold.

TOOK

Ask your child about their favorites. Start with their favorite color, animal, food, and then toy. Then ask about who their favorite person is. 

God has given us many things to enjoy. He has blessed us with food, toys, and our family. These are wonderful gifts from God! An old French pastor called John Calvin once said that our hearts are like idol factoriesWe make idols out of God’s wonderful gifts when we love them more than we love God. We should always love God best. But we don’t always do that, don’t we? Do you know who did? God sent His Son Jesus to become like us. Jesus was tempted too, like us. But He obeyed all of God’s commandments, each and everyone of them. Jesus came to live the perfect life in our place, and take the punishment for our sins by dying on the cross so that we can be forgiven.

One of the ways God can help us follow his commands is to hide God’s Word in our hearts. This is why we’ll be learning and singing the Ten Commandments Song by Judy Rogers:

Thou shalt have no other gods but Me;
Before no idol bow thy knee.
Take not the Name of God in vain;
Nor dare the Sabbath Day profane.
Give both thy parents honor due;
Take heed that thou no murder do.
Abstain from words and deeds unclean;
Nor steal, though thou art poor and lean.
And do not lie, but always say what is true,
And covet not the things that don’t belong to you!

 

You could also play a memory game based on the Ten Commandments.

The printable memory game is available via Etsy. Another suggestion is to do a puzzle game to help with memory work. Here’s a free printable over at Life, Hope & Truth.

 

How to Make Homemade Clay Dough

Homemade Clay Dough Recipe

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Water
  • Iodized Salt
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Measuring Cup
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Food Coloring (Optional)
  • Essential Oils (Optional)

Instructions

Mix 2C of All-Purpose Flour with 1C of Salt.

Add 1C of Water into the dry mix.

Mix all three ingredients until it starts to clump up. Add 1TBSP of vegetable oil to make it easier to knead. Transfer the dough in a flat surface, and knead by hand until thoroughly mixed.

Add some food coloring or even essential oils, if you wish. 

Enjoy your homemade clay dough!

Make sure you place these inside an airtight container to avoid them from hardening. Some salt crystals may appear when the dough is stored. If that happens, add a few drops of water and knead the dough properly.

What are your favorite homemade clay recipes? Share them below!

How Do I Talk to My Children About Homosexuality?

Let’s face it. This topic is not something that you could conceal from your children far too long nowadays. Even Disney has slowly introduced homosexuality in their franchises, e.g. Doc McStuffins, which is targeted to preschoolers. As parents, it is one of our God-given roles to think through and address these things to our children in light of Scripture. We teach our children, guide them, and counsel them in these areas. And we pray that the Lord will preserve their hearts and minds from the corrupt influences they are exposed to from day to day.
Here are some of the important things that I have learned about how to teach children about homosexuality from Josh Mulvihill’s book, Preparing Children for Marriage: How to Teach God’s Good Design for Marriage, Sex, Purity, and Dating:

Teach Children OF ALL AGES

When I was younger, homosexuality or same-sex partnerships were considered taboo. In our day and age, it is all out in the open, and we have the responsible as parents to address these things sooner, not later.

Children of all ages can be taught the meaning of marriage, the roles of husband and wife, and distortions of marriage such as divorce and homosexuality, as well as what to look for in a future spouse. How children are taught will differ based on age, but it is important to remember that God’s message does not change based on age. Preschoolers and teenagers can both be taught that marriage is between one man and one woman.

THEY NEED TO HEAR IT FROM YOU

What I’ve learned over my short stint of parenting is that it is better that our children hear difficult topics from us first before they hear it from other people.

By not telling your child the truth, you are encouraging him or her to seek the truth from other sources. Logically, if you are not providing a child with real, true, honest answers, why should he or she ask in the first place?

TALK ABOUT IT OPENLY

Don’t be afraid to talk about hard things like death, evolution, sex, and yes, even homosexuality. Talk about it openly, so they can be comfortable in asking questions when they need to.

Because homosexuality has become culturally acceptable, children must know what the Bible teaches on this subject. I encourage you not to be timid on this point with your child. Some parents are tempted to avoid this topic because of cultural pressure. I get it. However, silence on a subject is never the answer. Silence does two things: it communicates agreement and it abdicates to others. Silence teaches plenty. If you don’t provide a clear definition of marriage from the Bible, someone else will, and it likely won’t be biblical.

TEACH THEM THE BIBLE

We need to study the Bible for ourselves in order to properly teach God’s Word to our children.

Teaching children that marriage is between one man and one woman is teaching children to come under the authority of God’s Word. A low view of Scripture will lead to a low view of marriage. Avoid defining marriage based on your personal preference or lifestyle choice; rather, align your lifestyle with God’s design for marriage. The key issue is the authority and trustworthiness of the Bible. What our children believe about the Bible will inform what they believe about marriage. It is important to establish the Bible’s authority (that it tells us how to live), inerrancy (that it has no errors in its original manuscript), and sufficiency (that it is enough) with our children.

Below are some suggested ways from Focus on the Family on addressing homosexuality that is appropriate to preschoolers, school-aged children, and teenagers:

With preschoolers, there’s no need to talk to your children about specific sexual activity. They’re not equipped to understand it. Furthermore, we’d suggest waiting until the kids are older before introducing terms such as “homosexuality,” “heterosexuality,” “gay,” “straight,” or “LGBT.” You can underscore the male-female aspect of God’s design by telling them about Adam and Eve or the animals who came into Noah’s ark two-by-two (both a mommy and a daddy animal). You can also teach from real life by talking about your own marriage and explaining how the union of man and woman is a special gift from God.

With school-age children, you can further point out that there are different kinds of “love” – for instance, our “love” or liking for food, toys, material things, and activities; our love for friends, family, and relatives; and, of course, our love for God. Help them grasp the idea that marital love is unique, and that its purposes and characteristics are distinct from those of every other kind of “love.” Explain that, in the beginning, God separated humanity into male and female and that marriage brings those two components together. Tell them that marriage unites a couple in a special way, and that this is why sexual expression is intended to take place only between a husband and wife. Point out that this union often leads to family by producing new life in the form of children. Open up God’s Word and show them that marriage, in the Bible, is the most common symbol of our relationship with God.

Teens, of course, are capable of dealing with more abstract concepts. When talking with them, it would be helpful to put all of this into the context of a discussion about competing worldviews: on the one hand, the biblical, Judeo-Christian worldview, which states that God created us and designed us for a purpose; and, on the other hand, the worldview of popular contemporary culture, which says that there is no God, that “reality” is whatever I want it to be, and that meaning, value, and purpose are essentially matters of personal preference and choice. According to this second worldview, the individual is free to “customize” sexuality, sexual morality, and marriage in any way he or she sees fit. By way of contrast, the biblical worldview asserts that God’s design is eternally valid, that His plan for human sexuality matters, and that marriage, as the union of one man and one woman, is unique among human relationships, not least because it forms a complete reproductive system – something same-sex marriages can never do.

Related Resources

What is Classical Christian Education?

Teaching Truth, Goodness, and Beauty to the Glory of God

What is classical education?

Classical Education is language-focused, and it has a lot to do with content instead of images or visuals. It is a method of teaching children according to the medieval understanding of how children develop. Dorothy Sayers defines these three stages as Parrot, Pert, and Poet in her wonderful essay, The Lost Tools of Learning.

Grammar (Parrot)

The first stage calls for the storing of knowledge, often referred to as the Grammar Stage. Children find it easy to memorize facts and rules. It’s all about filling up the “sponges” with as much content as possible. Ages 4-10.

Logic (Pert)

The second stage calls for understanding, otherwise known as the Logic Stage. Children now begin to make sense of what they have learned. They will start to reason and analyze the information they have accumulated. Ages 10-14.

Rhetoric (Poet)

And the last stage calls for wisdom, what Classical educators call the Rhetoric stage. Most children at this age yearn for self-expression and independence. It is also at this stage where they acquire communication skills so that they apply and integrate the things they have learned. Ages 14-18.

Distinctly Christian WORLDVIEW

While modern education seeks to put the child in the center of all learning, Classical Christian Education sees that God is the center of all learning. It recognizes that all truth is God’s truth, and that one cannot fully distinguish truth and error without understanding God’s truth as revealed in the Bible. Everything should then be examined through the lenses of Scripture, as it relates to God and His revelation. Children need not be shielded from the plethora of opposing philosophies and harsh realities of life. Rather, they need to be grounded firmly on the Word of God, which will then arm them with the grid whereby they can sift through different ideas that will come their way.

N.D. Wilson, son of Classical Christian Education proponent Doug Wilson, wrote this excellent piece on how to train children in his book Notes From The Tilt-The-Whirl:

The world is rated R, and no one is checking IDs. Do not try to make it G by imagining the shadows away. Do not try to hide your children from the world forever, but do not pretend there is no danger. Train them. Give them sharp eyes and bellies full of laughter. Make them dangerous. Make them yeast, and when they’ve grown, they will pollute the shadows.

I truly believe that Classical Christian Education will give children the tools to do just that. Children will learn how to acquire information (Grammar), how to think critically (Logic), and how to communicate with clarity (Rhetoric).

Francis Schaeffer once said about education:

If Christianity is not just one more religion, one more upper story kind of thing… then it has something to say about all the disciplines, and it certainly has something to say about the humanities and the arts and the appreciation of them. And I want to say quite firmly, if your Christian school does not do this, I do not believe it is giving a good education… True Christian education is not a negative thing; it is not a matter of isolating the student from the full scope of knowledge. Isolating the student from large sections of human knowledge is not the basis of a Christian education. Rather it is giving him or her the framework or total truth, rooted in the Creator’s existence and in the Bible’s teaching, so that in each step of the formal learning process the student will understand what is true and what is false and why it is true or false. It is not isolating students from human knowledge. It is teaching them in a framework of the total Biblical teaching, beginning with the tremendous central thing, that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. It is teaching in this framework, so that on their own level, as they are introduced to all of human knowledge, they are not introduced in the midst of a vacuum, but they are taught each step along the way why what they are hearing is either true or false. That is true education. The student, then, is an educated person.

Classical Christian Education is where knowledge and virtue converge. But ultimately, the goal is for children to recognize and treasure truth, goodness, and beauty, to the glory of God.

 

Resources

Learn more about the Trivium and Christian Christian Education from these valuable resources:

How to Make Homemade Slime

I’ve been meaning try making some homemade slime for the kids for the longest time. So when I found that Lazada Philippines sold some Borax powder, I jumped into the opportunity. If you got a big batch of Borax, you can it use it around the house. There are also a few science experiments that uses Borax. A quick search on Google will help you find what you’re looking for.

I used this recipe to make our homemade slime. But the site also offers several options that you can choose from if you don’t have any borax lying around the house. You can find the step-by-step instructions for a Borax Slime Recipe below.

Borax Slime Recipe

Supplies Needed

  • Non-toxic PVA Glue (We used Elmer’s Glue)
  • Borax Powder 
  • Water
  • Measuring Cups / Spoons
  • Bowl
  • Spatula / Spoon
  • Food Coloring (Optional)
  • Essential Oils (Optional)

Instructions

Mix 1/2 C of glue and 1/2 C of water in a clean bowl. Add food coloring and 2-3 drops of essential oils (optional). In another bowl, mix 1/2 TSP of borax powder with 1/2 TSP warm water. Let powder dissolve in the water completely.

Add borax mixture to the glue, and stir thoroughly using a spoon.

Knead with your hands once the mixture starts to clump up.

Enjoy your homemade slime!

 

No Borax? Check out this slime recipe using shampoo and corn starch!