Things you’ll need:
— Large black trash bag cut into strips—approximately 2 inches wide by 24+ inches long
Several times a year, we celebrate the freedoms of living in America. These freedoms includes the ability to make both good and bad choices. However, if we choose to make bad choices, our freedoms will be taken away (For example, a bank robber will be taken to prison). Likewise, when you are mean to a neighborhood friend your parent may bring you inside, and you lose the freedom to play outside.
Read John 8:31-37 together.
“Everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.”
The following activity will help demonstrate verse 34.
Select a family member to be “enslaved to sin.” Discuss different ways we may disobey. List obvious “big” sins, including murder and stealing, but also include disobedience to teachers, unkind words, selfishness, and bad attitudes.
Each time a sin is discussed, take a plastic strip (representing that particular sin) and tie up the “slave”. Bind his/her hands, feet and knees to picture the bondage of sin. You can also tie him/her to a chair or a tree. Emphasize how more and more freedom is lost with each sin. How can they be set free?
“So, if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.” John 8:36
We must repent (agree with God) and turn away from our sin. When we do, a tie is removed. Cut each strip, one by one, to symbolize the freedom that comes with repentance.
Once your family member is no longer enslaved, he/she is now free to make new choices. Will you make choices that allow you to live in freedom? Or will you make choices that lead to slavery?
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
- What does freedom mean?
- What did Jesus do to give us freedom from sin?
- What are some strips (sins) that keep us from living free?
- How can we experience the freedom that Jesus has provided?
Adapted from “Freedom in Christ,” a Children’s Sermon