Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Armor of God Lesson Plan - Ephesians 6:10-18

Bicycle Helmet

Using Our Gifts, Talents, Skills and Environment to Fight the War

What Armor Looks like In Nature:

Ask them what natural armor a bicycle rider has to prevent injury, if they fall off their bike. (If you are one of those who does not think bicycle helmets make a difference, especially on an adult, please click here and read this story.)

Then explain what a bicycle helmet is, what it does for the rider, and that it is basically I piece of armor for humans.

Armor in Nature Drill:
First, ask the students to list as many animals as you might have time to discuss - say 10 or so, and write them down.

Then, 1 animal at a time, ask the students what predators might attack the animals they gave you. Then ask what that animal might have to use as armor or natural defense against that attack.

Example: Animal - Great White Shark.  Predators: Orca - Killer Whales have been known to attack them, and bite them in half.  Natural Defense or Armor - Speed.

After each animal, have 2 students act out an attack and a defense. It is ok if some of the defenses fail, but you should arrange for them to succeed by redoing some of them if the majority are not successful.

To prevent contact and enforce the "no touchee" rule, we put down too hula hoops in close proximity, and tell both children that they must stay within the hula hoop, and they may not cross over it with their arms, feet or anything else.

End the discussion with a statement about Nature, and how there is a constant battle between animals to survive.  Survive against weather, climate, and each other.  If you have time, ask them if the battle between animals is natural?  (Before the fall, lions laid down with lambs. Isaiah 65:25)

Teaching the Lesson:

Read to them Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV) - The Armor of God

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

After reading this section of the scripture, as them:

1) Who is the bad guy in this story? -  The Devil
2) Who do all the ruler, authorities and dark powers work for? -  The Devil
3) What are the things called that work for Dark Powers? - Demons
4) Does this passage suggest that governments and rulers are dark powers? - No. Scripture does not contradict itself. Romans 13:1 (NIV) - "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God."
5) Then who are these rulers, authorities and powers of the dark world? - Demons and the Devil
6) Are these powers flesh or spiritual - "Spiritual forces of evil." Not against Flesh and Blood.

"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand."

1) Do you choose and pick which armor you put on. For example, do you put only a mouth piece in when you play hockey, because you are tough and don't need a helmet?  - no.  Put it all on, even if you don't think you need it.
2) Is standing your ground easy or hard?  Explain what standing your ground is by describing a hurricane and what it would feel like to stand in one place as the storm washes over you.  For my example, read Standing in the Storm.
3) What happens if you don't put the armor of God on? - You fall.

"Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."

1) What is the Truth of the belt of Truth? - The Gospel or Good News.
2) What are the flaming arrows of the evil one? Normally attacks on the faithful, including name calling though it might actually be physical attacks from those who do not believe.  Doubt and fear are also arrows.
3) What is the Sword of the Spirit?  The bible and the Holy Spirit.

If you Have Time Game:

I went out and bought a box of twinkies, and gave them out as a reward for answering these questions correctly.  I even had them act out putting the armor on, and using the piece we were talking about.

Name a Piece of Armor and what it is for.

We gave out six twinkies and it took 10 minutes.

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