Object Lessons, Topical Curriculum

Tied Up With Toilet Paper

Information: This discussion opener helps grab student's attention and helps students see how serious sin really is–how sin affects our lives.

Items Needed:

  • Bible

  • Several rolls of toilet paper (lots!)

Opening: T.P. Tie Up

The more T.P. you have for this opener the better it will be. Invite one of your students to come to the front of the room. Tell them they are going to be tied up. Have several other students join in with rolls of T. P. and wrap the T.P. around and around the first student. The student will believe that he/she will be able to get out of the T.P. Although, if you use enough it will be very difficult. (practice this one to see how much you should use)

Transition: Sin is like this, it ties us up and keeps us from doing what God wants us to do. At first it's very light and easy to break from so we don't think we're in danger. But as we get wrapped up in it deeper – we soon are caught. We can't get out by ourselves.

Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift from God is eternal live through Christ Jesus our Lord.

By Andy Matzke


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.


  1. Dianna Owens
    May 4, 2013 at 12:00 am

    This is a very good way to illistrate what sin in like when it binds one up from living in the will of God. Thank you.

  2. Grace
    February 27, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I like this one. I might use it for my youth group.

  3. Alec
    September 6, 2015 at 12:00 am

    This is an awesome and meaningful lesson with a great outcome definitely using it

  4. Betty
    December 27, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Good object lesson. Can be clearly communicated.

  5. Jeff Welch
    March 13, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Toilet paper lesson-Sin

  6. Marty Johnson
    June 14, 2016 at 12:00 am

    I like this and may use it. I am curious though. How much toilet paper is lots?….lol

  7. Joshua
    January 28, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    I just did this with our youth tonight. Great lesson and definitely got the point across. Word of advice, don’t use the cheap toilet paper. We spent 25 minutes wrapping 12 rolls around 1 child and she broke free pretty easily.

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