During this time of social distancing, your children are missing Sunday School! To help them remember the Lent Season, here are Sunday School lessons on the Armor of God! This lesson includes scripture, puzzles to print, a coloring page to print, and activities to do with your youth.
MEMORY WORK (12 minutes)
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:11 NIV
Have the children find Ephesians 6:11 Write the verse on the board and recite the verse. Erase a word or two and recite the verse again. Continue in this manner until the children can recite the verse from memory.
Ephesians 6:10-18 (Spiritual Warfare)
Read the verse together. Once you’ve read the verse explain how each piece of armor protects us spiritually, which in turn can protect us physically.
1. Why do we need spiritual armor? (To stand against the wiles of the devil.)
2. What is it we fight against? (Against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.)
3. Should we be afraid of this battle? (No, God will help us stand against evil. The powers of darkness will be defeated by God.)
4. How does God help us in the battle against evil? (He gives us the weapons and armor we need to stand strong.)
5. Why is it important that we that we put on our spiritual armor every day? (Without it we will be weak and easily defeated.)
6. How can we use each piece of spiritual armor at home? At school? At church?
WHAT YOU WILL DO:
Pretend to go on a hike. Put on the articles of clothing in the following order: canteen belt (representing the belt of truth), vest (representing the breastplate of righteousness), boots (representing feet fitted with the gospel of peace), jacket (representing the shield of faith), and hat (representing the helmet of salvation). Then give him or her the walking stick (representing the sword of the Spirit).
As they takes each item, explain the safety qualities of each. Then compare the use of these special protective items when we go hiking to putting on the full armor of God described in the Bible to protect us from evil.
WHAT YOU WILL SAY:
(talk about the safety features of each.)
The canteen belt allows us to carry water and other tools for survival.
The vest and jacket protect us from cold or rain.
The hat protects our head from the hot sun
The boots keep our feet strong and dry.
The walking stick helps us stay balanced on crooked paths.
We want to be safe when we go hiking and these things give us added protection.
Read Ephesians 6:10-18
(As you read this passage, pause after each item of armor and relate it to the similar item worn)
God gives us Spiritual armor for our protection. This armor protects us from all kinds of evil the devil might try to throw at us. We must always put on the right safety articles to do the job. If we are hiking, we should dress like our volunteer here. However, when we are out there in this world, surrounded by evil, we need to get dressed in the full armor of God. Then, we can be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
|GOD’S ARMOR SELF PORTRAIT – MATERIALS:Butcher paper|
Pencil, Markers or crayons
Glue, strong tape
Cut the shapes for the belt and shoes out of white butcher paper ahead of time.
Use poster board to make a shield. Remember to add a handle to the back of the shield, so the kids may carry it. Make cutouts of swords from colorful paper and foil ahead of time, or let the children pick their own colors during class.
Depending on the size of your class, you may want to recruit several adult volunteers to help with this craft.
WHAT YOU WILL DO:
Have each child lie down on a sheet of butcher paper and have a volunteer trace his or her body outline. Each child will write their name on his or her paper outline and then tape the paper outline to wall.
Use aluminum foil for the helmet and breastplate. The children can decorate their own belt and shoes, which you have already prepared from the white butcher paper.
The children will glue all of these items to their own body outline. Once the project is complete, the kids can roll up their body outlines and take them home to hang on their walls.