Captured by Sin

yarn_scissors_art_business_card-rc9b442fc9c23426987d59640b035eafd_i579t_8byvr_512Lesson Application: The Bible says “He who sins is a slave to sin” (John 8:34). Think for a moment what a slave is – someone who cannot do what he wants to do, and has to do what he doesn’t want to do! If sin becomes a habit in your life (whether it is lying or something else), without help, it will be extremely hard to stop – even if you want to. The good news is that if we ask him, Jesus is able to break the power of sin in our life and, as the Bible says, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

Supplies: scissors, 12 to 15 lengths of wool

Have a volunteer come out and hold his arms outstretched. Produce a small length of wool, and tie it round the volunteer’s wrists. Explain that this one twist of wool represents one sin (i.e. one lie). Ask the children to imagine that your volunteer told one lie, then realized what he had done was wrong and determined to break free from his sin and give up lying. Have your volunteer break free from the wool, which he will easily be able to do. Repeat the above procedure, but this time produce a longer length of wool, and begin to wrap it around your volunteer’s wrists, explaining that this time he did not give up his lying, but told another one to try and cover up his first, and then another, and another, etc. End up with about ten twists. Tie the length ends together. State that eventually your volunteer realized what he was doing, and decided to break free from his lies as before. But what happens this time? No matter how hard he struggles, he is unable to snap the wool and break free. That is how sin works. If sin becomes a habit in your life (whether it is lying or something else), without help, it will be extremely hard to stop – even if you want to. The good news is that if we ask him, Jesus is able to break the power of sin in our life and, as the Bible says, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)  Finally, produce a pair of scissors and set your volunteer free.

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