Sunday School Lessons on the Armor of God

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Sunday School Lessons on the Armor of God
Like real soldiers, Christians need a suit of armour, too. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Ephesians 6:10-18 in the Bible states that Christians should put on the "full armour of God," so as to protect themselves from the schemes of Satan. This is armour of a supernatural variety, which guards our hearts and minds. If you teach Sunday School, this is a lesson many children will enjoy learning. Describing the armour helps kids visualise it and understand its importance in their lives.

Verse Reading and Questions

Before teaching students the details about the armour of God, you must explain the concept of "spiritual warfare" to them. Read Ephesians 6:10-18 aloud to your class. This passage talks about Christianity as a spiritual battle, and lets us know how to prepare ourselves for the battle. After the reading, ask children some simple questions to ensure that they understand the passage. You may ask how God helps Christians fight this battle, what the battle is against and why the armour of God is needed.

Belt and Breastplate

The first two items to discuss with children are the Belt of Truth and the Breastplate of Righteousness. Tell kids that in Biblical times, belts were used to hold a soldier's weapons securely. Explain that they, likewise, need a Belt of Truth to hold their "weapons," such as prayer, faith and hope. Describe the Breastplate of Righteousness as a covering for a soldier's vital organs. Explain that this protection is provided by Jesus, and it keeps Christians safe from the attacks of Satan.

Sandals and Shield

The next pieces of armour on which to focus are Feet with the Gospel of Peace and the Shield of Faith. Wearing strong, sturdy sandals was necessary to battle-readiness in Biblical times. Tell children that Christians today can wear similar sandals by being prepared to spread the salvation message of Jesus. Soldiers also use shields to protect their bodies from harm. Explain that a Christian's faith is his shield, which guards him from spiritual harm.

Helmet and Sword

A human's head needs to be protected from blows, especially in the midst of a war. Tell your class that they can wear the Helmet of Salvation by accepting Jesus' offer of forgiveness. With this protection, they are saved at all times. Although all the pieces of armour have, so far, been for defence, there is one weapon included in the list: a sword. Describe the Sword of Truth as God's word. Explain that God's word is to be used as a weapon against spiritual enemies that come against us.

Dressing Up

After explaining in detail what each piece of the Armor of God is, have the children dress up so they can get a visual picture, too. You may want to help kids make their own armour pieces out of cardboard and poster board. If you are splitting the Armor of God into several lessons to be taught each Sunday over the course of a month, making armour is a good way to end each lesson. If you don't have time to make armour, purchase the pieces. You can often find many of them in a party supply or costume store. If you do this, consider selecting a volunteer to wear a piece of the armour while you describe its qualities.

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