Purpose: Use this children’s sermon about the Ten Commandments to teach kids that God’s rules help keep us safe and happy.
Scripture: Exodus 20
Needed: two toy cars and anything else you can add to the scene below, such as a toy stop sign or police officer
Show the children your two toy cars. Act out a scene in which one car doesn’t stop a stop sign and hits the other car.
Ask students, What happened? Why did these two cars crash? (Lead them understand that one didn’t stop when it was supposed to.)
Why do you think that car didn’t stop? (Maybe they didn’t see the stop sign. Maybe they were in a hurry and didn’t want to stop. Maybe they thought the way was clear so they didn’t have to stop.)
But we saw what happened when the car didn’t stop. It caused a crash. Now, if this was real life and those were two real cars, very bad things could have happened. The people in the cars could have been hurt. The least that would happen is that now both people will have to get their cars fixed or maybe even buy new cars.
The person who broke the rules caused all those bad things to happen.
When we break the rules at home, bad things happen. Our parents or the other members of our family get upset and we get in trouble. It didn’t make the person in our car happy when they broke the rules and it make us happy when we break the rules.
The rules are there to keep us safe and to keep bad things from happening. That’s why God also gives us His rules. God gave us His Top Ten rules called the Ten Commandments. We’ll talk more about then another time, but for now, we need to remember that God’s rules are there to keep us safe and to keep bad things from happening.
God loves us and He always wants what’s best for us. We break the rules that He gives us in the Bible, bad things happen.
Father God, we thank You for giving us Your rules. Help us to learn them and obey them so that they can help keep us safe and happy. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
You can also find this children’s sermon for Kindle or in print in my book, Children’s Sermon about the Ten Commandments.