The Armor of God
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Paul knew that following Jesus is difficult. After Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, his life was turned upside down and he was never the same. Paul spent the rest of his life struggling and suffering to advance the very gospel that he had denied and fought against before his conversion.
Paul was in prison when he wrote his letter to the believers at the church in Ephesus. Paul knew firsthand that the life of a believer is a battle—an ongoing fight. But Paul didn’t see life as a fight against the Romans, those who had thrown him in prison, or those who opposed the gospel. The battle is against evil.
At the conclusion of his letter, Paul used a Roman soldier’s armor as a picture of how we are to prepare ourselves to fight the battle against evil. Believers are to carry God’s truth, righteousness, and peace wherever we go. Likewise, we are to hold fast to our faith, salvation, and the Word of God. When we are fully protected by this armor of God, we are ready for any battle.
In addition to wearing the armor of God, Paul called on believers to pray at all times. Paul wanted to remind believers that even with the armor of God, we still need to rely on God to protect us and to win the fight against evil.
Paul told believers to be ready to fight a spiritual battle each and every day. People and powers who are against God will be against us too. But Jesus died and rose from the dead. He had victory over evil. We can fight the battle against evil, knowing Jesus already won the war.
This week, show your kids all that God has given them to help them fight against evil. Emphasize that God never intends for us to fight in our own power. We are to rely on His power.
Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.
KEY PASSAGE: 2 Corinthians 5:17
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- Who changes us? God changes us to be like Jesus.
BIBLE STORY: THE ARMOR OF GOD
- Following Jesus is like fighting a battle: good against evil.
- God makes us strong against evil.
- God’s Word tells us what is true.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- Why do believers need the armor of God?
- What are some of the pieces of armor? What do they mean?
- Talk about possible opportunities to use the armor of God.
- Take your family to a history museum. Seek out exhibits about armor. Look at the different pieces and review each piece of the armor of God.
- Purchase a toy armor of God set from a Christian bookstore or online retailer for preschoolers to dress up in. Review each piece of armor and its purpose.