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 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.

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How to Talk to Children about Death

For the past weeks, our family has mourned the lost our dear grandmother. She was the first Christian in my husband’s family, whose spiritual legacy has resulted to two churches planted, one of which is our own fledgling church community. Our Little Miss also mourned her passing. She did not take it well when I finally told her that her great grandmother went home to be with God in heaven. There were several nights when we was utterly distraught at the thought of not seeing her great grandmother again. The only way she was able to finally sleep at night was to take comfort in God’s promises. I taught her a song based on 1 Peter 5:7 that I also learned when I was a little girl.

I cast all my cares upon You

I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet

And any time I don’t know what to do

I will cast all my cares upon You

One of our biggest parental roles is to impart God’s Word to our children. Even though it can be a tough topic, we should not shy away in talking about death because Scripture clearly addresses it. Opportunities to talk about death would open up when a pet dies or when a family member needs to attend a funeral.

What does the Bible say about Death?

Death Happens

Death makes us upset. Sometimes it makes us sad because we might not see the person we love. Sometimes it makes us angry because we don’t understand why they had to leave. But the Bible tells us that death is real, and it happens to everyone. One day, we will also die.

Hebrews 9:27; 2 Corinthians 5:10

Death is NOT NORMAL

But death is not normal. God meant for us to live forever. But sin spoiled everything. Death is a result of sin. Because of sin, we will all die.

1 Corinthians 15:56-58

JESUS DESTROYED DEATH

But God sent His Son Jesus to destroy death. He died on the cross, was buried, and on third day, he rose again. Jesus defeated death, and death will die one day. When we trust that Jesus lived, died and became alive again so that our sins can be forgiven, God promises a life in heaven with him forever.

1 Corinthians 15:26; John 3:16; John 11:23-26

DEATH IS TO BE WITH GOD FOREVER

We will still die. And dying could mean that we may no longer be with our earthly families. But if we believe in Jesus, dying means we will be with God forever. We will be happy with God always. We will praise and worship God always. Most of all, we will spend forever with God, and enjoy Him forever.

John 14:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; Philippians 3:20-21

Prepare Them Beforehand

A good time to talk about death would be before death ever happens. It is usually more manageable when the child is not upset or distressed. In a way, we prepare them before a distressing event like death occurs. Catechism is a great tool that could do just that. Here are the last 10 questions and answers of the Children’s Catechism that can help address some concerns relating to death. It also provides some simple answers regarding those who do not believe in Jesus.

  1. Did Christ remain in the grave after his crucifixion?
    No. He rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death.
  2. Where is Christ now?
    In heaven, ruling his kingdom and interceding for us.
  3. Will the Lord Jesus come again?
    Yes! He will return to judge the world on the last day.
  4. What happens to believers when they die?
    Our bodies will return to the dust and our souls will go to be with the Lord forever.
  5. What happens to unbelievers when they die?
    Their bodies will return to dust also, but their souls will go to hell.
  6. What is hell?
    Hell is an awful place, where unbelievers are separated from God to suffer for their sins.
  7. Will the bodies of all the dead be raised again?
    Yes. At the last day some will be raised to everlasting life and others to everlasting death.
  8. What will God do to unbelievers at the last day?
    He will judge them, and condemn them to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire with Satan and his angels.
  9. What will God do for believers at the last day?
    He will give them a home with him in the new heaven and the new earth.
  10. What will the new heaven and the new earth be like?
    A glorious and happy place, where the saved will be with Jesus forever.

Not knowing what is going to happen after death is certainly upsetting for anyone, let alone a child. Try not to downplay their emotions when this happens. Instead, recognize that have worries, fear or dread of death, and point them to our everlasting hope in Jesus. But most of all, pray for them and with them. That God would supply His grace upon their hearts, and give them understanding. After all, “Prayer is praising God, giving thanks for all his blessings, and asking him for the things he has promised in the Bible.” (Children’s Catechism A109)

 

Children’s Catechism Lesson 4: Loving and Doing

Lesson Plan

  • Topic: Loving and Doing
  • Bible Passage: Matthew 5:14-16
  • Big Idea: We glorify God by loving him and doing what he commands.
  • Objectives: Children will understand what glorifying God means. Children will know that we show God that we love Him when we do what he wants us to do. Children will also realize why they should glorify God.
  • Materials Used: Candle, Flashlight, Paper, Scissors, Glue

HOOK

Ask your child to name someone they love. Younger children would usually answer Mom or Dad. 

When we love someone, we would like to do things to make them happy. There are many ways to say “I love you” to someone. Can you name a few things that would make the person you love happy? (obeying parents, listening to teacher’s instructions, giving gifts to friends, etc.)

When you obey your parents, you show them that you love them. When we obey God, we show God that we love Him. Question 4 of the catechism says that we glorify God by loving him and doing what he commands. While Question 5 teaches us to glorify God because he made us and takes care of us.

Q4: How can you glorify God?
A: By loving him and doing what he commands.

 

Q5: Why are you to glorify God?
A: Because he made me and takes care of me.

In the previous lesson, we learned that God made us for his own glory. For this lesson, we are going to learn how and why we are to glorify God.

BOOK

Light a candle or open a flashlight in a dark room. Try to snuff out the candle or cover the flashlight, and observe the reaction. Do it all over again. 

The Bible tells us that God’s children are like light. Listen to what Matthew 5:14-16 says:

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (ESV)

God made us the light of the world, and whenever we show love to God by following what He wants us to do, we glorify Him. But sometimes we don’t love and obey God. We do things that God doesn’t want us to do. We would say mean things to our siblings, open up the candy bar even though Mom and Dad told us not to, and even grab a toy from a friend without asking for permission. When we disobey God, this is what the Bible calls sin. Sin is not following God’s commands. Sin is disobeying God.

Sin keeps us from loving and obeying God. But God found a way to solve the sin problem. He sent His Son Jesus to come into the world to become like us. Jesus was hungry, and thirsty. He cried when a dear friend died. He also got tired. He was like us in every way, but He did not sin. Not only that, Jesus obeyed all of God’s commandments. So when we love and trust in Jesus, God will forgive us all our sins and teach us how to love and obey Him. The Holy Spirit helps us do that by changing our hearts so that instead of loving sin, we will love God. And when other people see that we love and obey God, they may want to know God too. After all, glorifying God is showing others how great and good He is. That’s how we should glorify God.

Our lesson also teaches us that we should glorify God because he made us and takes care of us. We know these things because the Bible shows how God is kind to us.

Carine Mackenzie in her small book called God is Kind lists down several ways God shows us how he takes care of us:

  • He gives us food every day. (Luke 11:3)
  • He give us water to drink. (Isaiah 44:3)
  • He give us sunny days to enjoy. (Jeremiah 31:35)
  • He gives us our family. (Psalm 68:6)
  • He has given us the Bible to help us. (Psalm 68:11)
  • He gives a beautiful life in heaven to those who love him. (Romans 6:23)

LOOK

  • How can you glorify God? By loving him and doing what he commands.
  • Why are you to glorify God? Because he loves me and takes care of me.
  • What does it mean to glorify God?
  • What does it meant to be the light of the world?
  • What are some more ways we can obey God?
  • What are some more ways that God takes care of us?

TOOK

You could choose to sing a song, share a story, or create a craft.

The song called “The Light of the World” sung by Steve Green is based on the Matthew passage.

You are the light of the world, you are the light of the world. Let your light shine before men, you are the light of the world.

Let your light so shine that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven.
Let your light shine before men, you are the light of the world

Another great song to teach is The Ten Commandments Song by Judy Roger:

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 close with a story written by R.C. Sproul called The Lightlings in keeping with the light theme.

R.C. Sproul weaves an allegorical tale that captures the essence of the biblical story of redemption in a manner that will fascinate and delight children. A race of tiny beings known as lightlings are a picture of humanity as they pass through all the stages of the biblical drama – creation, fall, and redemption. In the end, children will understand why some people fear light more than darkness, but why they need never fear darkness again.

You can hear the whole story as read by R.C. Sproul himself over at Renewing Your Mind. You can also purchase the book over at the Westminster Bookstore. It is also available locally through the Katecheo webstore.

If your child is into crafts, you could also create a lantern using basic supplies you may already have at home. Please see full instructions over here.

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Children’s Catechism Lesson 3: For His Glory

Lesson Plan

  • Topic: For His Glory
  • Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 10:31; Psalm 19:1
  • Big Idea: God made the world and us for his own glory.
  • Objectives: Children shall recognize that God created all things for his glory. Children will know that talking about God’s glory means talking about how great and good God is. Children will understand that glorifying God is like reflecting, pointing to, or shining for Him.
  • Materials Used: Mirror, Binoculars, Night Light or Flashlight, Pictures of Nature/Sceneries

HOOK

Lay down all the materials on a table or place them inside a basket. Ask the child to name each item as you show them one by one. You may ask an older child what each item can do or what each item is for.

A mirror can show us what we look like. A pair of binoculars can give us a better view of someone at a distance. A night light or flashlight can light up a dark room.

Our third catechism lesson teaches us the reason why God made the us and all the world around us. Laying on the foundational truths about their existence as created beings is extremely important to children during their tender years. The catechism asks and answers:

Q3: Why did God make you and all things?

A: For his own glory.

Introduce the third catechism, and excitedly inform the child you’ll find out what these three things have to do with the lesson.

BOOK

The Bible teaches us that God created the world and us for his own glory. When we talk about God’s glory, we are talking about how great and good God is.

Show a picture of a beautiful nature scene, like a forest or mountain. God made the whole world—the blue sky, the bright sun, the raging rivers, and the little birds that sing. Listen to what Psalm 19:1 says:

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

The sky and the mountains glorify God. They show people how great and good God is. They remind us that God created all things. Not only that, God made us for his own glory, too.

We are to be like mirrors that reflect how good and great God is. We are to be like a pair of binoculars that gives a clearer view of what God is like. We are also like flashlights that shines the light of Jesus in this dark and sinful world. We are made to glorify God. The Bible teaches us in 1 Corinthians 10:31:

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

In everything we do, we are to show others how great and good God is. This is why God made us.

LOOK

  • Why did God make you and all things? For his own glory.
  • What does it mean to glorify God? To show others how great and good God is.

Sometimes, we are not very good reflections, pointers, and sources of light. We have sinful hearts, and they keep us from glorifying God. But God solved the problem of sinful hearts by sending His Son Jesus to come to earth, and live like us. Jesus became a man, and always glorified God. Jesus lived a perfect life and died on the cross to take the punishment that we deserve for our sins. If we follow and trust in him, God will forgive us our sins and teach us how to glorify Him. In fact, Jesus Himself said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12, ESV)

TOOK

Create a pair of binoculars using tissue paper rolls to bring home the lesson about glorifying God.

Tape together two toilet paper rolls side by side. Cut a strip of paper approximately 3×11 inches wide. Let your child decorate the paper as desired with tape, markers and the like. Wrap the decorated paper around the pair of toilet paper rolls and secure on the underside with more tape. Hole punch the outside of both rolls and add a strap using cording, rope or string

TP craft photo and instructions is taken from Raising Arizona Kids.

Another thing you could do is to share about the life and ministry of Augustine, the church father. As a young boy, he was full of mischief—he stole pears from his neighbor just because he enjoyed doing wrong. But his mother prayed for him regularly until one day, God saved him and he became a bishop.

Augustine wrote books that God used to help many people understand the Bible. In one of those books, he wrote: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.” That means, the purpose why God made each of us is to glorify Him. If we’re not doing showing others how great and good God is through our words, thoughts and actions, we are not doing what we were originally created to do.

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