Independence Day: Free at Last


Teach your kids about real freedom — freedom from sin and how
to avoid letting it weigh them down — on Independence Day.

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Theme: Independence Day

Text: Romans 6:18

Preparation: Place a couple of bricks in a shoe
box and seal the lid. The box should be light enough for children
to lift but heavy enough that they won’t want to hold it more than
a minute.

The Message: As we’re talking today, I’d like
you to pass around this box. When you get it, stand and hold it in
front of you as long as you can. When you get tired, pass it on.
(Don’t let kids rest the box on their legs.)

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Why do we celebrate Independence Day? What does it mean to be
free? How are we free? Are we free to litter? Are we free to call
people names?

(Read the Scripture.)

What does it mean to be free from sin? As Christians, we believe
that people get weighed down with sin but that we’re free from sin
if we believe in Jesus. (Take the box from the child currently
holding it.) How is holding this box like not being free from sin?
How did you feel when you could pass it on and be free of it? How’s
that like being free from sin?

Once we’re free from sin, how do we use that freedom? The Bible
says we become slaves to goodness. We have to do good! We’re free
to worship and love God, and to love and help others, without the
weight of bad things.



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