Satan - the enemy

Lesson Summary:   Our unseen enemy is Satan, but still our Hero, Jesus, is greater!

Time:  With a group of about 15 3rd-6th graders, this lesson took about 1 hour.  Some parts can be deleted if you don't have that much time.

Preparation:  Write words for opposites challenge on index cards.  Have copies of the take-home sheets, pencils and Bibles for students.

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Focal Scriptures:  Ephesians 6:10-12; 1 John 4:4


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Introductory Game (10 min.) - opposites battle challenge

Two teams line up on opposite sides of the room while the Game Host stands in the middle holding a stack of cards with words face down.  Members of teams count off and number themselves.  Game host calls both teams #1s to the center to face off.  He turns one card over and calls out the word.  The first person to slap their hand over the card and say the opposite of the word out loud gets one point for their team.

  • Good    -   Bad (Evil)
  •  Light    -   Darkness 
  • Truth    -    Lie 
  • Love    -    Hate
  •  Life    -   Death 
  • Right    -   Wrong 
  • Friend    -   Enemy
  •  Create    -   Destroy

Review Lessons 1 & 2 (if using the series) (5 min.)

Lesson 1 – Timothy is our example of becoming a hero for God using Paul’s instructions in 2 Timothy 2:15 – With genuine faith we keep uniquely living for Jesus through spiritual training to correctly wield His Sword.

Lesson 2 – Ephesians 6:10 - Our victory is based on Who we are following; Jesus is already the Conqueror – the King of Kings & Lord of Lords, and with Him we become more than conquerors in life.  (Romans 8:36)

Introductory questions (5 min):

We've been talking about Jesus, our hero.  Usually when there is a hero, there is also a villain.   Name several superheros and have students call out the matching villain.  Explain that today we will be talking about the enemy of God and therefore our enemy too.

Earlier we matched opposites.  Were the opposites equal to each other?

Which of the words that we used describe God?  Who do you think the others describe?

Which do you think describe Heaven?  Which do you think describe Hell?



Key Take-Away:  
Opposites are NOT always equal.  Satan is NOT equal to God!   
“Greater is He who is in us (Jesus) than He (devil) that is in the world! “   1 John 4:4


Scripture Focus (5 min):

Have everyone turn to Ephesians 6.  Have students take turns reading one verse at a time of verses 10-19. 

Tonight we will focus on “why” God gives us spiritual armor.  Reread Ephesians 6:10-13.  Have students give the reasons they see in these verses.

Battle strategy: know your enemy (30 min.)

Gather surface information.  Ask students to write things they already know about the Devil on a large sheet of paper or whiteboard.  Discuss what they wrote.

 

Make sure the following are covered.  Depending on the age of your students, either work through the following truths with Scriptures together or divide them into groups or partners for each point to read the verses, discover the blanks in the handout and share with larger group

Point 1 - Satan was created - Jesus is the Creator!

  • Satan was a Cherubim – Ezekiel 28:2b-17
  • Also called Lucifer (KJV Isaiah 14:12-18), Satan (Luke 10:8), Devil (Eph.6:11)

*Jesus verses – John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16

Point 2 - Satan is fallen - Jesus is risen!

  •  Author of Sin/Fell because of Pride – Isaiah 14:12-15/Ezekiel 28:15

*Jesus verses:  Revelation 1:17-18/1 Timothy 6:15-16

Point 3 - Satan is a liar - Jesus is Truth!

  • Called Father of Lies– John 8:44/Genesis 3:1-24
  • Disguises himself as an angel of light – 2 Corinthians 11:14

*Jesus verses – John 1:4-5; John 8:12; John 14:6

Point 4 - Satan is a Life-taker - Jesus is the Life-GiveR!

  • John 8:44 murderer; John 10:6-18 / 1 Peter 5:8 destroyer;

* Jesus verses - John 10:10

point 5 - Jesus is sovereign. Satan is not.

Write the word "sovereign" on the board.  See if students can pick out the word "reign" in it. Circle it and have students tell you what it means - to rule over, power or control over...like a King.  Explain that God is sovereign - the supreme ruler having complete power.

  • The devil must have God’s permission – Job 1:6-12/Luke 22:31
  • Lucifer’s future has already been determined by God – Rev. 20:7-10

Review main points:

Jesus is God.  He is the Creator.  He has won the victory over death & sin; He is Truth & can be trusted. Jesus is the only Sovereign King!  1 Corinthians 15:57

Then end by comparing the “lions”.   *Jesus described as the “Lion of Judah” (Rev. 5:5); the devil is  just a roaring lion in 1 Peter 5:8.

*So to sum up Ephesians 6:10-13 –

“Be aware…but don’t despair!”

Prayer time (5 min):

Pass out journal sheets with Max Lucado’s simple prayer prompts.  Have students write a prayer to Jesus in their own words.  Encourage them to take time to do this every day.

1.     Father,

2.     You are good.

3.     I need help. Heal me and forgive me.

4.     They need help.

5.     Thank you.

6.     In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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