God Loves Me Very Much
Armor of God: God loves me so much…he gives me tools to serve him
Help your child realize: God loves me so much… he gives me tools to serve him
Topics for discussion: Being prepared to serve Jesus
Note for parents: Here are sections of scripture that don’t need to be taken down a level. Enjoy some time reading it to your children and talking about each part of the armor and each fruit of the spirit. The picture language is exciting and relatable to children. Consider exploring these two places in the Bible at separate times, so they can really focus.
Day 1: Read from God's Word
Ephesians 6: 10-18 The Armor of God
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people."
Galatians 5:22-23 The Fruit of the Spirit
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law."
Day 2: Story Review
Mandarin Orange object lesson- Did you know that mandarin oranges float before they are peeled? The peel is just like our Armor of God. When we are fully dressed, we can face the world, because we know God is on our side. This is shown by how the orange floats in water. Now try peeling your orange. Unless you have a super stubborn orange it will sink to the bottom. When we don’t “put on the full armor of God” we will sink and become useless to spreading the Gospel and serving Jesus. Lead your children to pray that they can always be fully dressed.
Day 3: Weekly Challenge:
Build the Armor
Ask your children to draw/build/describe the armor of God in a creative way. Challenge them by asking them to label each part of their creations. Each day, add a prayer written by your child about each part of the armor, thanking God for these tools and asking Him for strength to use them! Remember- we want to see them!
Day 4: Activities
Shield of Faith activity- Remind your children that when you pick up the shield, you are showing everyone that you believe in Jesus. A shield is a soldier’s first line of defense and gets beat up a lot. It has two uses: to guard and deflect. It guards against attacks from Satan and can also be used to spread the word of God. This activity calls for players to take turns using a shield (cardboard, etc.) to deflect darts. If you own a Nerf gun, it is time to get it out! Use slips of paper to write down temptations and slip them into the darts. Players can take turns shooting at the target and discussing how God protects us from temptations. This visual shows children that their saving faith in Jesus protects them from temptations.
Fruit of the Spirit
Fruit salad- I could try to paraphrase, but I really like how Future Flying Saucers detailed this lesson. It is a great opportunity to reflect on how your family uses the fruits of the Spirit. Fruit of the Spirit Object Lesson
Fruit Tree- I found this interesting metaphor from Christie Thomas, a writer and mom, who challenged parents to stop thinking about the Fruits of Spirit as actual fruit and start seeing your life and ministry as a tree. Tell your children that if we plant ourselves in God’s word and serve him faithfully, our life will be full. Here is her site, The best, Christ-centered way to explain the fruit of the Spirit for kids. I feel lazy for posting two links today, but I think that it is a great spiritual development for adults.
Rock painting- Your kids might be like me when I was young- I loved collecting rocks! I loved arranging them and building with them when I got home. If not, rocks are always easy to find! Your family should find nine and begin to paint them based on the fruits from Galatians. This will help you to discuss them and practice putting them to memory. You can decorate your garden, window sills, or use them for family devotions.
Assigning Attributes- After you’ve talked about the Fruits, try going around the room and telling your children where they excel! Ask your children what Fruits you show. You can also turn the tables and ask them to think about how you can all do better.