How do you prepare to deal with a difficult situation? Do you wear a certain color or outfit that makes you feel prepared for battle? But what about those times you are caught unawares? For me, those times can be very difficult. This is why God has given us something very special and, if we put it on daily, it can enable us to stand strong in those battles. The armor of God is a gift that protects us from the enemy, protects our mind and heart, holds us up in truth, prepares us to share the gospel, and even provides a way of attack.
While we will not dive into the whole armor with our little ones, we want them to know that God does provide us with a way to stand strong and ready, just like a soldier. God loves us and has given us the way to be prepared for anything that comes our way. It is just one more way that God shows us that we can trust Him.
Here is a snapshot of what we will show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus: God helps me stand strong. (Armor of God • Ephesians 6:10-17)
Memory Verse: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart.” Proverbs 3:5, NIV
Key Question: Who can trust God?
Bottom Line: I can trust God.
Bible Story & Worship
Watch the Bible Story Video with your kids so you can recap and discuss it with them in the “Bring Jesus To Their Level” section. Then join your kids in worship as we sing and dance for God.
Next, use the Memory Verse video to practice our monthly verse. This is our last week to practice the memory verse. Be sure to think of a fun reward you can give them next week when they are able to say it all by themselves. The activity sheet and coloring page are fun resources to help reinforce story and/or big idea.
Bring Jesus To Their Level
Finish up your church at home by recapping the story and practicing the memory again. Then say: “Our Bible story, today, was about a special armor God gives us when we trust Him and go His way. I want us all to trust God. That’s why the Bible verse we are learning says . . . ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart,’ Proverbs 3:5.
“Today, we’ll make a list of things that protect us and help keep us safe. Maybe it’s wearing your seatbelt in a car, holding a grown-up’s hand when you cross the street, wearing a helmet when you ride your bike, brushing your teeth, wearing a jacket in the cold, wearing a life jacket in water . . . there are lots of things that protect us and keep us safe. (Have each family member say something.)
“And I’ll add one more thing to our list: Trusting God and going His way. Trusting God and going His way is like wearing armor that protects us! Would anyone like to pray before I pray?” (Give your kid(s) an opportunity to pray if they want to.)
PRAYER: “Dear God, thank You for all of the things we have that protect us from getting hurt. Things like (read the list your family made). Most of all, thank You for the special armor You give us when we trust You and go Your way. I pray that (name each family member) will trust You with all of their heart so they can stand strong. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
As we wrap up, I would like to leave you with one of the kids’ favorite ‘good-bye’ songs:
Let Me See Your Alligator
Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you in the discipleship of your kid(s). My prayers are with you.
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”Matthew 19:14