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.

Sin is Destructive

rippedpaper_fsLesson Application: Sometimes we think it is okay to sin and no one will notice or that since it is just a little sin it won’t matter. Sin makes us unclean. It destroys us. Even the smallest of sins can crumple our lives.

Supplies: Paper, tape

Pass out sheets of paper to a couple of kids. Have then crumple their paper and then tear it up. When they are done instruct them to put the pieces back together. Then allow them to tape them back together. Ask if the paper looks like it did when you gave it to them. Sin does the same thing to us. It crumples and destroys our lives.

Sin Destroys Lives

4285831_origLesson Application: If you fill your life with sin you will be destroyed.

Supplies: water, paper towels

Spill some water on a table. Explain to the kids that the water represents sin. The towel represents you. As you fill yourself with more and more sin you become less useful. Eventually the paper towel is so waterlogged that it rips and is destroyed. Sin does the same thing to us. The more we fill our lives with sin the more useless we become to God and eventually sin completely destroys us.

All Sins Are Equal

crumpled-paper-ballLesson Application: There is no little sin in the eyes of God (1 John 5:17). All sins are equal.

Supplies: A crumpled piece of paper, a small but heavy object (i.e. a battery)

Hold in one hand a crumpled piece of paper, and in the other a small but heavy object (e.g. a battery). Tell the children that the paper represents what many people think of as “little” sins like lying and swearing, and that the heavy object represents what many think of as “big” sins like murder and robbery. State that you are going to drop both objects to the floor at the same time. Ask the children which object they think will reach the floor first? Most should say the heavy object. Drop both objects. They will reach the floor at the same time. (You may wish to repeat the exercise). State that sin is like that to God. The lighter or smaller sins are just as serious to Him as the weightier ones, for all wrongdoing is sin (1 John 5:17)

Jesus Took Our Sins

candle-under-water-science-experiments-for-kids-mocomiLesson Application: On the cross, Jesus gave up His life (the flame went out) so that he could take our sins on Himself, and we could go free

Supplies: a little colored water, a saucer, a short candle, a glass, a coin and matches

Tell the children that you are going to explain to them what happened at the cross of Jesus. Say that the coin represents you or me – place it in the saucer, towards the edge. Say that the colored water represents our sins – pour it into the saucer until the coin is submerged. Say that the candle represents Jesus – stand it at the center of the saucer, and light it. Say that the flame represents the life of Christ. Tell the children to watch carefully, as you take the glass and place it over the lighted candle. Within a few seconds, the flame will consume all the oxygen in the glass and be extinguished. However, it will have created a vacuum which, in turn, will draw the water up inside the glass (thus surrounding the candle) and leave the coin dry. Recap that on the cross, Jesus gave up His life (the flame went out) so that he could take our sins on Himself, and we could go free.

Sin is Destructive!

Picture1Lesson Application: This is a simple but effective illustration to show that even what we consider “little” sins, if left unchecked, grow and grow until eventually they cause destruction.

Supplies: a round balloon, a marker, and a balloon pump Take a round balloon, inflate it, and write the word “sin” on it with a marker. Deflate the balloon. Show the kids the balloon, and while you are explaining that “little sins grow bigger”, begin to demonstrate this by slowly inflating the balloon (and consequently the word “sin”).  Inflate the balloon so much that it explodes! Remind the kids that ALL sin is very destructive.

Sin Destroys Lives

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Lesson Application: This is a great idea to illustrate how sin is destructive to people’s lives even if we try to hide it from others.

Supplies:  a syringe with a needle, food coloring, and a piece of fruit (apple, orange, pear etc.)

Inject fruit with the food coloring. The coloring WILL seep out a little, but can be easily washed away. Be very careful and work slowly. When you get to the lesson, cut open the fruit and reveal what’s inside.
Explain how sin gets into our lives and though we may be able to hide it from others. We may even look good on the outside, inside we are all disgusting and poisoned. Sin will destroy us. God does not judge us by what we look like on the outside.  He looks at the heart. He knows what we really are, and he is the only one who can clean up the mess. Wear protective clothing as it can be VERY messy!

Anger…But Sin Not

anger_300-ff1ed3d52460549ef371857a6f5ea872c5922bbb-s6-c30Lesson Application: If fed with mean thoughts, anger can cause you to explode. Everyone gets angry, it’s your response to that anger that makes it sinful. We need to respond to people who make us angry with love.

Supplies:  Alka-Seltzer, ½ tablespoon water, and white or clear 35mm film canisters.

Insert water (anger) and then Alka-Seltzer (mean thoughts) into the canisters (you). Replace the canister cap and place on table upside down (with the lid on the table). It will erupt in a few seconds, and shoot at least 10 feet high!

Don’t Grab the Apply (Object Lesson / Game)

Colored_Balls_HSupplies Needed:
Tub full of colored
balls, only ONE
red one.
Small buckets for kids
Blindfolds

Choose 5 or 6 kids and bring on stage. Give each a small bucket. Blindfold them.

On GO they are to reach in the big bucket of balls and grab some putting them in their bucket.

Blue=5 points, Green=10; Yellow=20 BUT if they pick the red one, they get ZERO points for that round.

Play several 30 second rounds, adding up their points each time and then putting the balls back.

IF someone got the red one, they get no points.

Last round – NO blind fold.

Ask why no one picked the red one when the blind folds were off?

The Point: You knew red was bad so you didn’t pick it, but you did when you were blind.

Sin is like that red ball.  It is bad for you and will take away good things in life. Sometimes we are blinded by others or ignorance and sin, but other times we sin with our eyes wide open, like Adam and Eve did. Sin costs you – Avoid it – and you will be a winner!