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.
Focal Scriptures: Ephesians 6:10-12; 1 John 4:4
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
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)
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?
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.
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
*Jesus verses – John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16
*Jesus verses: Revelation 1:17-18/1 Timothy 6:15-16
*Jesus verses – John 1:4-5; John 8:12; John 14:6
* Jesus verses - John 10:10
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.
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 –
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.
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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