Middle School

Armed and Ready

Lesson 13 

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Summer 2019

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By: Meredee Berg 

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August 25, 2019

Lesson Focus:

God arms us through His Word.

Bible Basis:

Ephesians 6:10-17

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access
  • Whiteboard and marker

Summary & Links:

Students will watch and discuss a video about the types of personal protective equipment soldiers use as they prepare to learn more about how God’s Word arms us.

Memory Verse:

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom
—Colossians 3:16a

Step 1:

Students will watch and discuss a video about the types of personal protective equipment soldiers use as they prepare to learn more about how God’s Word arms us.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Whiteboard and marker

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]:

Discuss:

  • 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.

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • Paper
  • Pens/pencils
  • Whiteboard and marker
  • Armor of God printouts (1 per student; template here)
  • A.R.F.A.R.E. printouts (1 each per student; templates here)

Before class, print out enough copies of the Armor of God and W.A.R.F.A.R.E. templates so that every student has one copy of each. 

Our enemy, Satan, is always looking to bring destruction in the lives of Christians. So, it’s  important to be prepared and put on the armor of God in order to fight our spiritual battles against the enemy.

Ask your students to help you list the different pieces of God’s armor in Ephesians 6. Write them on the whiteboard for everyone to see. You might mention that some include prayer (vs. 18) as a defensive piece of armor. Divide your students into small groups of 3 to 4 and give each student a piece of paper and a writing utensil. Ask them to write down the temptations that many teens face in their daily lives. (Examples might include cheating on a test, taking drugs, giving in to peer pressure, etc.)

Hand out the Armor of God printouts (template here). Have students work together in their small groups to figure out which piece of the armor would help protect them when facing each of the temptations they listed and why. Be sure to point out that each piece is multi-functional, so answers will overlap.

After they have had time to work on this, ask them to call out some of the temptations they came up with along with the answers to which piece of the armor they would use. Write responses on the board. Accept all reasonable responses.

Hand out the W.A.R.F.A.R.E. template (template here) and give your students an opportunity to read through it. Ask students to think about times in the past when they faced spiritual attacks and temptations. Encourage them to reflect on how they could have used God’s armor to protect themselves during that time and engage them in a discussion about what they would do differently the next time they are faced with a similar situation. Challenge your students to keep the printouts in their Bibles so they are handy the next time they are doing battle against temptation of any kind.

Close in prayer and thank God for arming us with His Word and offering us the protection we need to resist any temptation and fight any spiritual battle. Ask Him to continue to guide and protect us from the enemy.

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