AIM: The aim of the ‘Armor of God’ Teaching Series or Free VBS is to help children to understand, recognize and learn the pieces of armor and what they are for. Yet it is much more than that, we hope that the children will allow this teaching to impact their lives practically so that they will learn that they can lift their shield, use their sword and remember their helmet and breastplate when life gets tough and the enemy attacks. We pray that it will equip them to put on their shoes and start embracing and sharing the gospel of peace.
THEME SONG IDEAS:
- ‘Armor of God’ by Troy and Genie Nilsson
- ‘Armor of God’ by Bear Hug Band
CASTLE: Go big by decorating your church or building to look like a castle! Think big with decorated walls to look like castle walls and flags flying.
COATS OF ARMS: Create your own coat of arms or find examples that you can put around your room.
SHIELDS: Hang them from the ceiling or put them on your walls. Shields are a great way to decorate your room for an armor feel.
ROMAN SOLDIER OUTFITS: Make sure you have at least one person dressed as a Roman Soldier for this teaching series or VBS.
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LESSON 1: BELT OF TRUTH
BIG IDEA: THE TRUTH HOLDS EVERYTHING TOGETHER
STORY: STEPHEN IS STONED
PASSAGE: ACTS 7:54-60
The truth holds everything together – that’s the thought behind this childrens lesson on the belt of truth.
LESSON 2: GOSPEL OF PEACE
BIG IDEA: WE HAVE THE GOSPEL OF PEACE WITH US
STORY: PETER ESCAPES PRISON
PASSAGE: ACTS 12:6-19
We take the gospel of peace wherever we go, that’s the theme of this children’s session.
LESSON 3: BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
BIG IDEA: CHRIST PROTECTS OUR HEART
STORY: PHILIP AND SIMON
PASSAGE: ACTS 8:5-25
What does it mean to be right with God? Children will discover how they can be right with God through Jesus in this lesson.
LESSON 4: SWORD OF THE SPIRIT
BIG IDEA: GOD’S WORD IS POWERFUL
STORY: PAUL PREACHES ABOUT JESUS
PASSAGE: ACTS 18:1-11
The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. In this lesson we’ll be asking the children to think about why the Word of God is important in our daily lives.
LESSON 5: HELMET OF SALVATION
BIG IDEA: GOD GIVES ME THE HELMET OF SALVATION
STORY: STEPHEN IS STONED
PASSAGE: ACTS 9:1-22
Children will think about how the helmet of salvation is the weapon we wear to defend our minds.
LESSON 6: SHIELD OF FAITH
BIG IDEA: I CAN LIFT MY SHIELD OF FAITH
STORY: PETER AND JOHN HEAL
PASSAGE: ACTS 3
We all have faith in some shape or form, it’s how we use it that’s important. In this lesson children will learn to lift up their shield of faith!