Have students list the various types of personal protective equipment that police might use to protect themselves when fighting crime. Ask them to describe how each piece of equipment is used to protect the officer. Write the types of equipment on the whiteboard in one column and then write how it is used in a column next to it.
Break up into small groups and have the students think about other professions where the workers might use gear to protect themselves from harm. After a few minutes, allow each group to share what they came up with. (Examples might include firefighters, military personnel, SWAT team, factory workers, medical professionals, etc.)
Engage your students in a discussion and ask them the following questions:
- Why do these professionals need to wear personal protective equipment? (Answers will vary but should include: Their jobs are dangerous, so they need to be fully armed in order to win against whoever is opposing them.)
- If you were one of these professionals, would you ever consider going up against the enemy without your personal protective equipment on hand? Why or why not? (Answers will vary.)
Next, share this video with your students [1:50]:
- According to the video, why is this new kind of gear better for the soldier than the kind they had before? (Answers might include: The new kind is lighter weight, lets the soldiers have more flexibility and greater movement, and covers vital areas that were left exposed before.)
- If you were a soldier, would you prefer to wear the new gear or would you rather stick with what you used before? Why? (Answers will vary; some students might talk about the learning curve required to get familiar with the new gear, but others will see the immediate value of being fully protected with the finest gear that current technology can produce.)
- Are there times when everyday people (non-professionals) need protective equipment? Name some of them. (Answers might involve seatbelts when driving, life jackets when boating/swimming, safety goggles when in a workshop, ear plugs at a loud concert, helmets and knee/elbow pads when skateboarding or riding bikes, etc.)
In today’s lesson, we will learn about the “personal protective equipment” that God gives us to help us face spiritual battles.