Going out to play in cold weather or snow can illustrate putting on the whole armor of God. Use this object bible lesson for children with your Sunday school class.
Object Bible Lesson: The Armor of God
Hats, Gloves, Boots, Jacket, Sled
As this has to do with winter wear, it would best be taught when kids are dressing warmly.
When we go out to sled in the snow, we have to wear more stuff than usual. What do we have to wear? Hats, gloves, boots, jacket and snow pants.
What would happen to us if we went out in the snow in nothing but shorts and a t-shirt? We’d catch cold. We could get frost bite. We would be in pain and not have any fun.
Life can get pretty cold and frosty sometimes. Sometimes people have cold hearts and they’ll lie or try to get us to lie. Or they’ll get jealous of a friend and try to stir up trouble between you and them. Sometimes people can say nasty things and call names and bully. God wants us to be prepared for the cold world that is out there and still be able to have fun and enjoy it.
That’s why Ephesians 6:10-18 says, “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints….”
Let’s put on the armor of God before going out on a snowy day.
Take up your scarf and wrap it around your neck. Have kids follow. If someone gossips or tells a big fib, we’ll have girded our waists with the truth.
Take up your jacket, put it on and zip it. Have kids follow. This is our breastplate of righteousness, which can resist temptation to do what others are doing when it’s wrong.
Take up your boots and put them on. Have kids follow. If we cover our feet with the gospel of peace,we’ll know how to reply with a soft spoken answer to someone who is mean.
Take up your mittens and put them on. Have kids follow. These can be the shield of faith so that we’ll be able to quench all those fiery comments. We’ll be able to think things clearly, such as “sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” And as Jesus said, “Father forgive them; they don’t know what they’re doing.”
Take up your hat and put it on. Have kids follow. This is our helmet of salvation. Knowing Jesus will protect our thoughts and minds.
Take up your sled. And finally, let this sled be our sword of the spirit. With it, we can “slide through” life without falling into temptation or traps.
Now, we’ve got on the whole armor of God. We’re also ready to go sledding! Let’s go!
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