Q11- What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?

Question 11 - What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?

Give each person a piece of paper and a pen (little ones may need adult assistance). Set a timer (you can choose how long) and have each person list as many of your neighbors names as possible. Give bonus points if you can say an interesting fact about any of them. 

We are now going to read about ways to love our neighbors. When it comes to loving our neighbor. Sometimes this involves things we should do, but there are also things we should be careful to not do. 

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Repeat the New City Catechism Question 11 and it’s answer
Q: What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?
A: Sixth, that we do not hurt or hate our neighbor. Seventh, that we live purely and faithfully. Eighth, that we do not take without permission that which belongs to someone else.

Pull up some form of the news (newspaper, magazine, news websites, etc.). Have each person look for examples of people breaking the sixth, seventh, or eighth commandment. Discuss how these people did not love their neighbor well.

  1. Does God expect us to love everyone in the same way, or just certain people?
  2. How can we break commandments 6, 7, and 8 in our hearts?
  3. What is God’s response to us when we choose not to love our neighbor? 

Write a short sentence of praise to God reflecting on something you learned today.