Ephesians 6:10ff is the wonderful passage on the spiritual armor necessary for every biblical follower of Jesus Christ. For an excellent short sermon on this passage, I highly recommend Alistair Begg’s at https://www.truthforlife.org/resources/sermon/stand/.
I struggled with an activity to use when doing a children’s bible study on the passage. Here is what I came up with. If it doesn’t work out, maybe I’ll remove this post but here goes just in case. 🙂
The components of the armor are as follows:
1. belt of truth
2. breastplate of righteousness
3. shield of faith
4. shoes of the gospel
5. helmet of salvation
6. sword of the Spirit/the Word of God
I decided to build a goofy “man” out of various supplies. Our church has a massive supply of donated plastic buckets. We also have a pretty good pile of swimming pool noodles. My armor guy has small buckets for feet, a mailing tube cut in half for legs, two larger buckets, one face up, the other face down on top of the first for the torso (breastplate – a bit of a stretch there), then a kid’s construction hat for the helmet of salvation. The larger buckets just sit atop the mailing tube legs.
I cut a pool noodle short enough that it would just wrap around the upper torso bucket. Linking the two ends together makes the belt of truth. A yardstick is the sword of the Spirit.
I got supplies to create two of these men. Next, I took the six spiritual aspects (truth, righteousness etc.) and wrote them on mailing labels. I made two sets of these (so twelve labels total).
I mentioned having a very large number of plastic buckets. I took twelve of them and taped the mailing labels inside – one mailing label containing each aspect inside a bucket, two sets making twelve altogether. Using buckets was just appropriate because we have so many of them. I needed a lot because what I did next was to gather a big set of them, put them all in a pile and randomly mixed in the twelve with the mailing labels taped inside. It wouldn’t have to be buckets; it could be blocks or anything you have a large quantity of.
So break the kids up into two teams. Turn them loose digging for the six aspects of the armor among the pile of buckets or whatever you used. They have to find each aspect, then once they have all six aspects, they are to build the armor man and stick the appropriate label on the appropriate part. So, for example, their completed man should have a construction helmet with the mailing label that reads “salvation” on it.
The winning team has a fully constructed, properly-labeled armor man. I’ll try to add a pic later.