Use this Sunday school lesson with kids of all ages from the popular Kids’ Travel Guide to the Armor of God.
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Pathway Point: God is most powerful.
In-Focus Verse: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” (Ephesians 6:10).
The first step in exploring the spiritual armor God provides to believers is to acknowledge that we face spiritual enemies. Satan and the spiritual forces that fight against God are real and powerful. When we face our own inadequacy for battle, we understand our need for a Champion who will fight for us and protect us. We recognize our dependence on the armor God provides.
Talking about Satan’s threats and our vulnerability can make both children and adults feel anxious. But instead of minimizing the enemy—maximize God! Vividly portray his awesome power. Help kids experience God’s protective love that surrounds them. As kids trust God and learn to wear the armor he provides, they will discover that no enemy is too great for God. Celebrate with kids that the battle has already been won by Jesus!
This activity has been designed for multi-age groups. Select from the activities, or adapt them as needed for your class.
Departure Prayer (up to 5 minutes)
Items to Pack: individual bottles of water (one per child), permanent marker
Tour Guide Tip
Give kids time to think of different ways water is used. If they need help, mention putting out fires, soaking sore feet, generating power, and for baptism.
As kids arrive, give each one a bottle of water. These water bottles will be used several times during the lesson. Use a permanent marker to write each child’s name on his or her bottle.
Gather children to sit in a circle. During your discussion, pause and encourage kids to sip water as they think of answers. You’ll want kids to drink some but not all of their water.
•What are ways water is used?
•Why is water so important?
•In what situations might water be dangerous?
Say: Most of the time, water is helpful. In fact, we can’t live without it. But sometimes water can be dangerous. Today’s story is about a time when Jesus’ disciples were in real danger from water. They needed someone powerful to save them. Fold your hands around your water bottle while we pray.
Pray: Dear God, thank you for giving us water. You provide water for drinking, washing, playing, and watering plants. But sometimes water can be scary too, like during storms or floods. Help us trust in your great power to protect us. Amen.
Have kids take one last drink, then close bottles tightly and place them out of the way until later in the lesson.