Hands-on Faith for Families – week of 9/17/12
Jesus Frees You From Sin
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Talking to God
Thank God for sending Jesus to free you from the sin that entangles you.
Gather the following items: a laundry basket or box you or another family member can fit into, a ball of string or yarn, some tape and a pair of scissors. Choose a family member to crawl inside the container. Other family members will place pieces of string across the opening of the container, taping the string on each side. Each time a new piece of string is added, a family member will share about a sin or temptation that he or she sometimes struggles with. Continue adding strings, crisscrossing them until the person in the container is hemmed in. Then have a family member cut the strands to free the person.
The string demonstrates the affect of sin in your life. Sin entraps you and prevents you from obeying God and enjoying true freedom. Romans 3:23-24 says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." God understands that you struggle with sin. He knows that sometimes it is difficult for you to obey Him. But God loves you so much that He sent Jesus to save you, to rescue you from the sin that entangles you. Jesus is the only one who can set you free from sin. To receive this free gift, we must trust Him.
Talking to Each Other
• How does sin keep you from experiencing freedom?
• Do you sometimes get trapped in sin even though you know Jesus has set you free?
• When you feel trapped, what can you do to be free once more?
From Focus on the Family's Thrivingfamily.com. ©  [Lee Smedly]. Used by permission.