We used this participation object lesson with our Kindergarten Sunday School class when teaching about freedom from Sin. It’s fairly flexible and could fit a variety of lesson plans about children and salvation. Here’s the basic version:
Supplies: toilet paper or paper towels
Bible Verse: Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin… if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. See John 8:34, 36.
Bible Lesson on Freedom from Sin
Today we are going to play a little pretend game with this roll of toilet paper. We are going to imagine this is like sin.
Who knows what I mean by the word sin? (allow time for response)
Sin is anything we think, say, or do that is against what God wants. When we disobey God’s Word, we are pretending like God is not charge.
Now you need to understand that sin can trap you, especially when you keep doing things you know are wrong. After a while, you can become like a slave where sin is in charge of your life. It’s powerful like that because after a while you really want to do those things instead of obeying God! That is why you can not get away without help. Jesus can rescue you, he is stronger than the power of sin. He is the winner over sin because of the cross.
Let’s learn this Bible verse from John 6. It’s a promise from Jesus where he says, “Everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin … if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
“The Son” is another name for Jesus. He is saying that when he rescues a person they are really-really-really free. When we give up our sins and believe in Jesus, he promises to set us free.
Let’s have someone to act this out…
Wrap one volunteer in the paper, repeating some of the main ideas of the lesson talk. Have the children recite the Bible verse as a group as the signal for the person to “break free.” Then all the children can applaud and another volutneer can have a turn.
Pray together with the children to conclude the class time.
More Bible Reference (If you want to expand the lesson for older children).
They (false teachers) promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. 2 Peter 2:19
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself (Jesus) likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. Hebrews 2:14-15