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This is lesson #9 in our curriculum called “God’s Good Rules” that helps children study the Ten Commandments. This lesson will explain why it’s wrong to steal from others and how God’s law teaches us to respect all property.. Download the complete printable lesson plan below. See all the lessons and find bonus learning activities on the series page: God’s Good Rules – A Study for Children on the 10 Commandments.
Main idea: Working hard and giving generously is better than stealing.
Memory - Verses - Psalm - Joyful - People
Memory Verses: Psalm 119:1-2 “Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.”
Preparation - / - Devotion
Teacher Preparation / Devotion
Take time to meditate on this week’s Scripture and think about your own life. You may not rob a bank or steal from your neighbor, but be on the lookout for more subtle forms of theft. “Fudging the numbers” on your tax return, or playing on social media during work hours, or not tithing. At its basic level, this commandment seems simple and straightforward. Don’t steal. Digger deeper, we can see that this commandment is about trusting God to provide everything we need. Take time this week to pray and search your heart for any fear concerning lack of security. Ask the Lord to help you trust him to supply all you need.
Game - Time - Class - Game - Area
This classic game is the only time stealing is permissible in your class! If possible, play this game outside or in a large area, like a gym. Divide the class into two to four teams, with about six or seven kids on each team. (This ensures everyone gets a turn without too much waiting.) Mark a boundary line for each team on opposite sides of the room. Painter’s tape works well for this....
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