In Ephesians 6:11-18, the disciple Paul reminded us that our struggle is not against flesh and blood but is rather a spiritual battle. Putting on the full armour of God can protect Christians from the powers of Satan. If you teach Sunday school, this is a lesson many teens will enjoy. Describing the armour of God and helping teens to visualise and understand its meaning and purpose will be helpful to teens as they encounter their own spiritual battles.
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Modern Armor of God
Using the six pieces of spiritual equipment found in Ephesians 6:11-18, have the teens rewrite the analogy from a modern perspective. This will help teens to better visualise the analogy since some of the items in the Bible passage, such as the breastplate and sword, are no longer commonly used. Use a firefighter's, football player's, doctor's or fighter pilot's equipment as examples of today's protection against dangers. Discuss how each item, both from the biblical and modern analogies, is symbolic of the armour of God.
Have the teens memorise the scripture verses on the armour of God found in Ephesians 6:11-18. As an incentive, provide a treat, such as cookies, doughnuts or ice cream for those who memorise the scripture verses. Discuss with the teens the meaning of the verses and how they are still relevant today, despite having been written thousands of years ago.
Explain the concept of "spiritual warfare" to teens. Read Ephesians 6:11-18 aloud to your class and discuss how the passage refers to Christianity as a spiritual battle. Ask the teens what this battle is, how God helps Christians fight this battle and why the armour of God is needed. Have the teens dress up so they can visualise what the armour of God is. Supply craft materials such as paper towel tubes, felt, poster board, markers, coloured paper, scissors and tape to make each piece of the spiritual warfare.
Use a word search to help teens identify the components of the armour of God found in Ephesians 6:11-18. Start by reading aloud the verses found in Ephesians. Print off copies of DLTK's Armor of God Word Search and distribute a copy to each teen. Have the teens circle the words they are looking for in ink. After completing the word search, discuss as a group each component of the armour of God and its symbolism.
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