Text: 1 Samuel 26:1-25
Topic(s): Freedom From the Law
Questions to ask in children’s church:
- Read Romans 8:1-9 (NIV is best for children)
- Why do you think the Law brings death?
- It deals with outward works. To set our minds on outward works is to set our minds on the flesh.
- Why do you think people are unable to obey the Law of God?
- We are unrighteous by nature. As soon as we try to become righteous, we put ourselves in the place of God. Worldly religion is self-defeating.
- When we come to Christ, God changes our hearts and causes us to seek Him rather than seeking to be righteous by keeping rules. Jesus sets us free from the Law and gives us life.
Family worship after Sunday’s sermon:
- Read 1 Samuel 26:1-25 again.
- What evidence do you see that Saul was still a slave to the Law?
- What evidence do you see that David was free from the Law?
- If we are free from the Law, is the Law done away with?
- Read Romans 6:1-7
Note from the pastor to families:
From the moment we are born, we know what it means to be slaves to rules. We learn that certain actions, a cry or look, produce a certain outcome. From those moments, we are slaves to think of the world in terms of works. If we do this thing, put in a sufficient degree of effort, perform the correct tasks, sow a seed, pray well, or follow the correct religious rules, we will be successes, have better eternities, be healed, or become rich. That’s why so many people are so frustrated with human religion. They did the correct things and said the correct prayers and it didn’t work for them.
Scripture teaches us that Law-based religion does not work for anyone. In fact, it teaches that if we are focussed on obeying the Law in order to be good enough, we are dead people. When we experience new birth, Christ reorients our focus and gives us new hearts. We are focussed upon His person and work rather than our own. He liberates us from legalistic living and religion. The more we follow after Christ, the more obedient we become—not because of our striving, which is death, but because of Christ’s work, which is liberating. For freedom He sets His people free.
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