Back to School Bible Lesson (Armor of God)

Boy wearing helmet armor of God

*This is a guest post by Lindsey Whitney from Growing Kids Ministry.

Going back-to-school is an exciting and challenging time for kids. They can make new friends, adjust to new teachers, and get back to a more structured lifestyle. It can also be a time of testing for their faith. This free Bible lesson will help children find strength in Christ when challenges arise. This teaching plan deals with issues such as temptation and resisting Satan’s lies.

Lesson Title: The Armor of God (at school)
Bible Reference: Ephesians 6
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Target Age Group: Kindergarten – 5th grade
Learning Context: Sunday School or Kids Church
Target Time Frame: 30 minutes

Supplies You Will Need:

  • Bucket and strips of paper: Put inside the bucket common struggles for kids such as: Not doing homework correctly, leaving someone out, talking bad about someone, not listening to a teacher, being selfish with your stuff, not helping others, making fun of others, etc
  • Items to represent those listed in the Armor of God (belt, helmet, sword, shield, shoes, breastplate). Look for toy versions of these items or make props from cardboard. For a simple alternative, use cutouts from this Armor of God activity.

Suggested Kids Worship Songs:

  • Armor of God by Go Fish
  • People Be Strong by Group Publishing
  • On the Move by Hillsong Kids
  • Ready for the Battle Reba Rambo

Bible Lesson: The Armor of God

Well, kids – it’s here, the start of school!  Some of you are already in school (raise your hand if that’s you), some of you are just about to start (raise your hand if that’s you) and some of you are waiting another year before starting school.

One thing many people do to get ready for school is go school shopping.  I love back-to-school shopping so much, I did a little myself.  I got some glue (show glue), crayons (show), and some books for my daughter (show).  Of course, that was just for fun.  You probably needed all the things that you go while back to school shopping.

Well, I’ve been thinking… there’s something everyone in this room needs for school that you probably haven’t even thought about.  You need it (point to a child), you need it, and you need.  Everyone needs it!

What is it?  It’s the armor of God.  Now, don’t sweat it if you’ve never heard of the armor of God.  That’s what we’ll be talking about tonight!  If you’ve brought your Bible with you, you’ll find the armor of God in Ephesians 6, and that’s what we’ll be reading from tonight (pause to let kids find it in their Bibles).

Okay, we’ll be starting in verse ten.  Would someone like to read that?  (Allow child to read) Hey, that sounds like a song we sang tonight, huh?  So, God wants us to be strong, and He tells us how to do it too!  In the very next verse, verse 11, the Bible tells us to put on the full armor of God so that we can stand against the devil’s tricks.

Bucket of Trouble

Now, you may be wondering what kind of things the devil might try to trick you into doing.  To help us out, we’ve got this bucket of tricks… (put inside the bucket common struggles for kids such as: Not doing homework correctly, leaving someone out, talking bad about someone, not listening to a teacher, being selfish with your stuff, not helping others, making fun of others, etc).   I’m going to pull a few out and I want you to think about if this thing is something maybe the devil tried to trick YOU into doing.   (Pull out a few and read, pause to allow kids to think)

So, there are all kinds of tricks we need to be prepared to fight against. That’s why we need God’s armor! Let’s keep reading for more instructions.  Verse twelve tells us our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces.

Have you guys ever seen one of those cartoons with a little angel on one shoulder and a little devil on the other?  No?

Suggested Video Clip

If possible, play the following YouTube clip for the children from the Disney film “The Emperor’s New Groove.” If you don’t have the technology, you could arrange a similar skit where children act a scene like this.

What was going on here?  (Allow kids to respond).  That’s kind of like how things go with us too… we want to make good choices, but something we struggle.  It’s hard to always do the right thing.  The devil wants us to do the wrong thing.  That’s what the Bible is talking about in these verses – the devil tries to trick us, but God has given us a plan of attack.

Putting on the Armor

We’ve got to get ready for battle!

Now, if my assistant could come up (have adult leader or kid come to help), we’ll get this armor on!

Let’s check out verse 14 – can someone read it for me?

So, we start with the belt of truth – hand belt to assistant (you can try to be realistic or give them a crazy belt to wear).    In order to fight the devil, we’ve got to know the truth.  Where can we find the truth?  (Kids respond).  That’s right, in the Bible! (Hold up your Bible)  So, all you have to do is carry this around, maybe stick it in your book bag, maybe stuff it under your pillow and you’ll be all set, right?  NO! You’ve got to READ it to know the truth.  Maybe read one verse or one chapter a day… read it by yourself or with your parents… read it at breakfast or dinner, or at bedtime – whatever you choose, the important thing is that you (help me out kids): READ IT!

Okay, now the breastplate of righteousness (stick on volunteer).  Who can tell me what righteousness is? Doing the RIGHT thing.  Sometimes it’s hard to know what the right thing is.  What do you think we can do if that happens?  (Read the Bible, ask our parents, ask a teacher, pray about it, ask the pastor).

You’ve got to have something on your feet.  In verse fifteen, it says to have feet shod (put some shoes on) with the readiness that comes with the gospel of peace.  Now, this was a little confusing to me – so I took out my cool Bible tool, the commentary and read what it said about this verse.

(Read from NIV Application Commentary) It says:

  • Willingness to share the gospel
  • It also means a readiness for all of life, being careful about speech and actions
  • Also, showing peace and love to others

Well, it wouldn’t be complete armor with a shield – verse sixteen says to take up the shield of faith so we can fight off Satan’s attacks.  Now, back in the day – those shields were huge!   My Bible commentary says about 4 feet by 2 ½ feet (try to show kids dimensions).  And many times soldiers would line up next to each other and put their shields really close so nothing could get by.  When they did this, they could push right over the enemy and not get hurt.  We can learn something from that kids!

Sometimes we need more than just ourselves to fight against the devil.  That’s why it’s important to choose good friends that will stand and fight with you.  Friends who are also trying to do the right thing.

Our suit of armor is almost complete.  Let’s take a look at what we’ve got so far.

  • First, we’ve got the belt of _________________ (truth).  Right!  And where do we find truth?
  • Next, we’ve got the breastplate of __________________ (righteousness).  Very good.  What does righteousness mean?
  • Okay, here our feet are fitted with ___________ (readiness).
  • We’re holding the shield of ___________________ (faith).  And who do we have faith in? (God)  It is our relationship with God, our faith, that protects us from evil attacks.

Our last two pieces are the helmet of salvation (put helmet on volunteer) and the sword of the Spirit (give sword to volunteer) and both are very important!

Our heads are pretty important, that’s why you have to wear a helmet for so many things.  Riding a bike? You need a helmet!  Skateboarding?  Same thing!  Playing football?  Strap that helmet on! What are some other things we need helmets for? (Allow kids to respond).  We wear helmets for all these things because our heads need protected!  Our brain is pretty important!  Likewise, salvation is our ultimate source of protection.  When we are saved, we are a child of God, and we are able to see the tricks of Satan better.

I’m reminded of a movie… in the movie, one of the characters can control other people’s minds.  He can read their thoughts and even make them do things.  However, another one of the characters – Magneto, makes a helmet to protect his mind.  Whenever he had the helmet on, the professor couldn’t read his thoughts.  The helmet of salvation is like that.  When we are saved, friends with God, Satan has a much harder time making us do bad things.

Last, we’ve got the sword of the Spirit, which the Bible tells us is the Word of God.  We can fight Satan with the Word of God, the Bible!  That’s why it’s important to memorize Scripture.   When Satan tries to tell us to start a rumor about someone we don’t like, we can think of the verse that says, “Love your Enemies”.   When Satan tries to tell us to blow off our homework and not do a good job, we can think of the verse that says “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus…” (Col 3:12).  And if you can’t think of a verse, what Cool bible tool can you use?  (Concordance)

I want us to read the last verse of this passage too, to finish out.  Can someone read verse 18 for me?  What does it command us to do?  Pray!  So, let’s head to prayer circle and do just that!

More Armor of God Resources


Comments

  1. Kassi says

    I love your lessons! The children relate so well to them while learning Bible truths! It is obvious the time you spend preparing them, and I appreciate your willingness to share them. May God continue to bless you and your ministry!!

  2. says

    I am using the VBS program for Sunday School, my kids really enjoyed the first lesson, The Belt of Truth, this Sunday we are doing the Breastplate of Righteousness and making t-shirts with iron ons on them, we will be doing the shoes and also another iron on with the shield, that way the kids can where their armor to school. Love this program, it really helps especially with my kids going into jr. high and high school. Thank you so much, and may GOD bless you.

  3. Bimmy says

    These lessons have been really helpful in our children church…God bless you.

  4. Cindy says

    I used this with my sunday school class. I made a little man out of cardboard and made all the clothes ( helmet, sword, shield, vest etc) I lamenated each piece of clothing and used velcro to put it on the man. My kids really loved it. Even the older ones. I ended up making one for each child to take home.

  5. Jenny says

    I used this lesson today for Sunday School. I actually only taught my two daughters, but it was fun and they enjoyed the variety of activities. I loved that without previous review, at bedtime tonight my husband asked what we learned in Sunday School today, and my 6-year-old recited the entire armor with only a little prompting.

    I am inspired by your site, to write up the lessons I want in addition to using yours. LOVE IT and thank you for sharing! (PS They adored the video clip!)

  6. Kathleen Moser says

    This site is such a blessing. The information is just what I needed. God bless the work you do. It’s awesome…thank you

  7. Alice says

    This sounds great. Just what I wanted for back to school lessson. God bless you!

  8. Susan says

    Thank you so much for this lesson! It was exactly what I had in mind, but I had very little time to prepare. The preparation was already done. Bless you for the time, the prayers, the creativity and the heart for the Word that you share so freely.

  9. Mary Jane Perdue says

    This is an AWSOME lesson!!! Especially the armor of God cut outs :) Thank you so much for this lesson!

  10. Jennifer says

    thanks for the well planned lesson. it’s easily adaptable for any elementary grade. i like the bucket of trouble visual that goes along with the armor tools.

  11. Althea Holder says

    Thank you so much for the Back To School Bible Lesson. I had something else in mind but thought this to be more appropriate for the new school term ahead. Our children do need to be covered with the whole armor of God, as there are so many vices even in our schools that would tempt them and cause them to loose their focus from being rooted and grounded in Christ. May God continue to bless this ministry and guide the hearts and minds of those who make it possible.

  12. Melinda says

    Thank you for this lesson. I have prepared it to use tomorrow in Kidz Church. We have just finished a unit about prayer and this lesson will be a wonderful way for the kids to see how prayer fits into our Christian battle. And right when school is starting back! I love the Go Fish song. I will be able to use that and the other video clip as well. Again thanks and God bless your ministry.

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