Freedom In Christ

Lesson One of Two – Jesus came to conquer all sin!

First, Seek Him!

Freedom is something we all long for, yet sin traps us. God sent His Son to set us free from sin’s strangle-hold, but freedom from sin means following God and being His servant. What does this look like in your story today?

Then, Speak Him!

Speak Him: Freedom from sin can be a difficult concept to teach our children. If we are “free,” why do we have to obey? Why can’t we just do what we want to do? These can be difficult questions for kids to comprehend, and it can be just as hard for adults to fully live out. Let this lesson help with the conversation.

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Word

What Does The Bible Say?

This Week’s Memory Verse:  

Acts 13:38-39a (NIV) “My friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through Him everyone who believes is set free from every sin”

This Week’s Verse for Preschool Families:  Acts 13:39a – “Through Him (Jesus) everyone who believes is set free from every sin.

Whispers

What Truth is God Speaking to Us?

“Friends, My Son has come to set you free from sin so that you can live a life of freedom for Him.” ~ God

Wisdom

What Truth is God Speaking to Us Through His Word?

Lord, we want freedom, but what does true freedom look like? How can we be free from the slavery of our sins? Give us wisdom to understand; show us what it means to live in the freedom Christ came to give us.

Welcome

What Can We Learn About This Truth?

If you believe in Jesus, that He died on the cross and confess with your mouth that you are a sinner in need of His grace, then you will be set free from your slavery to sin.

Weavings

What Else Does the Bible Say About This?

Did you know that you are a slave to something? Jesus surprised the Pharisees, the spiritual leaders of His day, when He stated, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin” (John 8:34). Jesus said that we are all under the power and control of a natural tendency to sin.

Sin brings a penalty that, by ourselves, we can’t escape. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). The good news is that Jesus paid the price for our sin – He wants us to confess it so that we can be set free from it. When we don’t confess sin, it makes us want to sin more and more, until we are stuck in our sin – held as a prisoner – no longer able to obey and do what is right.

Romans 6:17-18 says, “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness (which is, right living).”

So, these verses tell us there are two options for living. The first is to be a slave to sin, and the second is to be a slave to God. Either way we are slaves, but God’s way leads to the freedom, life and joy He promises. Many people don’t want to enter into a relationship with Christ that will require them to follow His commands. They want to know that their sin is forgiven, but they don’t want to truly submit to the will of God for their lives. Yet Christ calls us to surrender to Him as Savior and Lord (Romans 10:9-10). In that sense, we become His slaves willingly. He doesn’t force anyone to live for Him. He simply tells us that His way brings life, fullness of joy, and pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). Life begins when we recognize our need for Jesus.

How do we find freedom from the penalty and power of sin? Through accepting Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross as the payment for our sin. As we submit to Christ, sin loses its power — Christ’s power takes over. As we choose to trust and follow Him, our sinful habits, thoughts and attitudes lose their control. Guilt disappears, and peace of mind dominates. Right habits become the norm. That’s freedom — true freedom!

Walking

How Can We Live Out This Truth?

We are all born in bondage to sin, every single one of us. Christ is the only One who can set us free. What does it look like to be in bondage to something? I’m going to take some tape and wrap your ankles together. Now, try and walk. How far did you get? If your feet are tied together you can’t get around very easily can you? Sin ties us up. We need someone to cut the ties that bind us (cut the tape off their ankles). Just like I cut the tape from your ankles, Jesus has “cut” away the sin that keeps you from obeying Him.

Jesus died on the cross to set us free – that cross is a symbol of our freedom. What are some other symbols you can think of that remind you of freedom? As a family, let’s make something that will remind us of our freedom. What will that be for us?! Let’s put it in a place that we see every day to remind us!

Families with Younger Children: Play London Bridges together and talk about how sin “locks us up.” or, after dinner, go outside and play freeze-tag. Talk about how sin keeps us from moving – it stops us from living in freedom, but Jesus sets us free – He “unfreezes” us.

Wonders

What Questions Do We Have About This?

What are we all slaves to?
How do you know if you’re in bondage to sin?
How do we find true freedom?
What does freedom in Jesus look like?
Are you free? How do you know you are free?
What is salvation?
How do you receive Christ as your Savior?

Questions for Preschool Families:
What did Jesus come to bring us?
Who do you need to believe in to be “set free”?
What does it mean to believe in Jesus?
How does believing in Jesus change your life?

Worship

How Shall We Respond To The Lord In This Truth?

Worship through Prayer Lord, we give ourselves completely to You – all that we are and all that we have. Life begins with You, Lord. Help us to live in the freedom You came to give us. We surrender our lives to You. We are Yours Lord, bought at a very high price. May we never forget what you have done to set us FREE from the bondage of sin. Amen!

Worship through Praise:
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A Family Blessing

A Blessing to speak over your children…

“May you understand the great price Jesus paid for you and receive His gift of freedom. May you willingly follow Him all the days of your life, not being a slave to sin, but a servant of Jesus. Amen.”

“May you understand the great price Jesus paid for you and receive His gift of freedom. May you willingly follow Him all the days of your life, not being a slave to sin, but a servant of Jesus. Amen.”

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