Noise maker horns, a handful of confetti (optional).
Read the Scripture references and become familiar with them. They are the backbone of the sermon.
(Say:) Hello kids! Why do we celebrate July 4th?
(Listen for answers.)
Yes, Independence Day!
Does Mexico have a July 4th? (This is a joke. Of course they have July 4th. They just don't celebrate their independence on that day.)
What does it mean to have independence?
(Listen to answers.)
USA Citizenship questions, patriotic craft for kids
When the USA gained independence from England, we received freedom from their control.* The king of England could no longer tell people living in our country—in the United States of America—how to live. We were free to establish our own rules and government.
Today, I want to talk to you about true freedom, which no king, government, or person can ever take from you! The Bible tells us that we are born prisoners to sin (Galatians 3:22-23). We need to be set free! The Bible says we are either slaves to sin or slaves to righteousness, that is doing the right things. This means we either follow Jesus' teachings or we don't! The Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life (Romans 6: 23). In other words, when we sin, our paycheck is death. We need a personal Independence Day! The good news is, Jesus died in our place to pay the debt we owe to God. He paid our bill! God says it like this, (read out loud) "You have been set free from sin. God has made you his slaves. The benefit you gain leads to holy living. And the end result is eternal life" Romans 6:22 (NIRV).
Being set free from the control of sin and death is true independence! If you haven't already, ask Jesus to be the Lord of your life for a real Independence Day celebration! The Bible says, "If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36). And, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Romans 10:13).
(Distribute the noise makers.)
Now, let's blow our horns and celebrate our independence from sin and death, and our freedom in Christ!
(Optional: toss confetti on children.)
Afterwards, have children decorate their noise makers using red, white, and blue, stars, ribbons, flags, etc.
It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.
~ George Washington (1st USA President)
So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it, the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens to their country, and respectable members of society.
~ John Quincy Adams (6th USA President)
* The colonists wanted freedom from the tyranny of England; they wanted to be subject only to King Jesus!
Scripture References are taken from the New International Version and the New International Reader's Version.
Copyright 2000 S.A. Keith---All rights reserved.