Big Truth:

God Commands Us To Be Holy

Exodus 19:4-6; Leviticus 19:1-2, 20:22-24; Deuteronomy 7:6; Matthew 5:48; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-5; 1 Peter 1:13-16, 2:9-12

Bible Verse:

“You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

1 Peter 1:16; Leviticus 11:44

Big Ideas:

  • We must be holy because God is holy.
  • Do not have other gods besides God.
  • Do not make fake gods.
  • Do not misuse God’s name.
  • Keep the Sabbath day holy. Rest and worship God.

Bible Story:

Exodus 20:1-11

God commands His people to be holy because He is holy. God requires His people to be what He is—holy. God gave His people the law so that they might know how to be holy and that they can’t be holy apart from Him. The Ten Commandments serve as a snapshot of God’s law which shows every person his or her need of a savior. The law is good and right, yet there is no man or woman who can keep the whole law in his or her own power. The law reveals the character of God and what God requires of His people. Most importantly, it shows man his desperate need of a savior.


God Is Holy – God Gives The Law

God is holy. This means that He is separate from all of creation. There is nothing like Him in existence and nothing that can even be compared to Him. He is complete, perfect, and separate in every single way possible. God commands that His people are to “be holy just as He is holy.” In our own imperfection, there is no way we can be holy, but in God’s grace He gave His people the law. The law points us to who God is, our need for Him, and that our only hope to become holy like God is through the shedding of innocent blood on behalf of the guilty.

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Every child should know:

  • God is perfect and holy
  • The Ten Commandments

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Every child should be able to:

  • Define “good” by God’s standard

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Every child should feel:

  • Incapable of being holy on their own

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Every child should want:

  • To be holy because God is holy