The Christian Armour

2_Christian ArmourScripture Reference: Ephesians 6:10-18;
Romans 13:12

Story Overview: Paul wrote his epistle to the church in Ephesus to help them understand God’s power and how He wants Christians to behave. To help them be “strong in the Lord” Paul uses the example of a soldier’s battle armour to explain that God gives Christians spiritual weapons of strength to fight Satan.

Suggested Emphasis: God helps us fight Satan.

Background Study Way to Introduce the Story The Story
Review Questions Craft and Activity Ideas Other Online Resources

Background Study:

 

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Way to Introduce the Story:

Sing “I’m in the Lord’s Army” with the children. “Who wants to explain what that song means? Are you really in an army? What does it mean to be in the Lord’s army? When a soldier in an army goes into battle he fights an enemy. Who do you think is the enemy of the Christian? That’s right; Satan—or sometimes he is called the Devil. He is our enemy because he wants us to do bad things and make God unhappy. He doesn’t even want us to go to heaven to be with God! When a soldier goes to battle he wears special gear (show some if you are able to obtain army gear). The gear that a soldier used to wear in the time that our New Testaments were written was called armour. Armour helped soldiers win battles. Do you think a regular soldier’s armour would help fight Satan? No, Satan is an invisible enemy. To fight Satan, a person has to be in God’s special kind of army and be God’s soldier. God’s soldier wears special kind of armour.”
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The Story:
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Ways to Tell the Story:

This story can be told using a variety of methods.  Always remain true to the facts found in the Bible but help children connect to its meaning by using drama, visual aids, voice inflection, student interaction and/or emotion.
Click here for visual aids and story-telling methods.

Review Questions:

  1. Who is the enemy of Christians? Satan
  2. Who are God’s soldiers? Christians
  3. What is the armour of God? (name any or all of these) Belt of Truth, Breastplate of Righteousness, Readiness of the Gospel on the Feet, Shield of Faith, Helmet of Salvation, Sword of the Spirit (Word of God).

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Craft and Activity Ideas:

(How to choose the best learning activities for my teaching situation)

  • Look up “armour/armor” in a concordance or bible dictionary.
  • Look up songs in the church song book that talk about the “Christian Battle.”
  • Have a “sword drill” where the teacher calls out a scripture reference and the children race to see who can find the scripture in their bible first.
  • When the children have learned about the armour how about an army march outside the building? Perhaps you could march to a certain place and have part of your lesson there for a change.
  • Sing “I’m in the Lord’s Army”

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Other Online Resources:

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3 Responses to The Christian Armour

  1. Evelyn says:

    You can buy shields and swords from the Halloween costume section after the holiday is over…big discount

  2. Lois Robinson says:

    What a blessing to lead children to the Lord!
    Thank you for sharing this site with me.

    teacherlois

  3. Debbie Ferguson says:

    I loved the hub-cap shield – what a great idea!
    It wouldn’t be as good, but I was thinking that perhaps heavy duty paper plates might also work (large round or platter size). The children could paint or color the front and apply stickers or foam shapes to personalize their shields. A strip of heavier paper could be attached to the back so the shield could be ‘worn’ on an arm.

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