Main point: God helps me stand strong.
Bible story: Armor of God ● Ephesians 6:10-17
As a family, watch this week’s video and discuss these questions together:
- In today’s Bible story, we learned that God gives us something very special. Is it armor or armadillos? (armor)
- Who used to wear armor to protect them when they went into battle? (soldiers)
- Does God’s armor protect us? (yes)
- The first piece of armor is the helmet. Does the helmet help us remember that Jesus is our friend? (yes)
- Was the next piece of armor called a breastplate or a breath mint? (breastplate)
- The third piece of armor we learned about is the shield. When we trust God, is it like we’re holding a shield up to protect us? (yes)
- Does God’s armor help us stay afraid or stand strong? (stand strong)
- Does God’s armor help us remember to trust God? (yes)
Family Activity: Shield Dot-To-Dot
WHAT YOU NEED: Activity page, washable non-toxic markers
WHAT YOU DO:
– Before the Activity: Print off the activity page and give it to your child.
– During the Activity: Encourage your child to use the markers to connect the dots on their page. Identify what they see (a shield) and talk about how soldiers use shields to protect themselves. Read the text at the bottom of the page and review it together. Encourage your child to color their shield.
WHAT YOU SAY:
– During the Activity: “Let me see you connect the dots on your page by drawing lines from one dot to the next. At the bottom of your page (point), it says, ‘I can trust God.’ Now color your shield!” (Continue activity.)
– After the Activity: “What do you see? (Pause.) Yes, it’s a shield! Soldiers hold shields in front of them like this (demonstrate holding a shield in front of your chest) to protect themselves and stand strong! God helps us stand strong, too! When we trust God, it’s like holding up a shield to protect us from danger. We can always trust God. Who can trust God?” (I can trust God.)