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Although we can't touch or see the spiritual realm, it's as real as the rest of our world. According to the Bible, a battle rages between the spiritual followers of Satan and the followers of God. In the end we know that God will win the war, but in the meantime, our adversary, the devil, is deceiving multitudes of people, including children.
Children may imagine Satan as a red-faced and horned man wearing a pointed goatee and carrying a pitchfork. Movies and cartoons may show the devil as a hideous and frightful creature, or as a goofy fool whom a clever hero can trick. Or, to keep them from nighttime fears, kids may be told that the devil isn't real. Yet the Bible tells us that Satan is a real and powerful being who deceives, accuses, tempts, and slanders people, seeking to draw them away from God. The Bible also instructs us to guard and arm ourselves against these attacks, specifically with the armor of God.
This guidebook digs into what it means for a child to "put on" the armor of God. In an era filled with war and terrorism, children already realize there's evil in the world. The aim of this book is to help children realize they can turn to God for protection, guidance, and comfort when fears and dangers are overwhelming. Through these lessons children will discover how they can draw strength from a relationship with God.
Kids' Travel Guide(tm) to the Armor of God was designed to be applicable to kids in grades K-5. The lessons explore the power of God, the reality of the devil, and how God provides protection against the devil's attacks, as well as practical teaching on how children can stand firm in their faith.
During this thirteen-week course, each child will complete a Travel Journal. The Travel Journal will serve as a keepsake so that the concepts behind these lessons become written upon kids' hearts and lived out in their everyday experiences.
The Pathway Point is the central concept that children will explore and apply to their lives. The In-Focus Verse is either the Bible verse mentioning a specific part of the armor of God, or a verse that summarizes the concept behind the Pathway Point. A Travel Itinerary introduces the lesson and explains how the lesson will impact the lives of children.
Each lesson starts with a Departure Prayer. These are creative prayer activities that help introduce the topic and focus children on God. Tour Guide Tips are helps for the teacher, and Scenic Routes provide additional creative options.
First Stop Discoveries introduce the children to the lesson's topic. The Story Excursions are Bible stories or Scripture passages that illustrate a Bible truth to support each concept. Kids will experience these stories in creative ways, and the stories will give your class variety. Choose what you think will best meet your children's needs. The activities in Adventures in Growing lead the children into further application of the Pathway Point. Each week, ask the children if they had opportunities to demonstrate the previous week's concept in their own lives. This will be an important faith-growing time.
Souvenirs are photocopiable paper activities. Have children collect these and keep them in a notebook or folder. When your study on the armor of God is complete, each child will have a Travel Journal keepsake to use as a reminder of all he or she has learned. Each lesson closes with a Home Again Prayer, which offers a time of commitment and a time to ask God to direct kids' lives.
Anytime during your lesson, read the Fun Facts section to the kids. These provide examples of the lesson's point with familiar and not-so-familiar facts.
Exploring the armor of God will be a blessing to both you and the children in your class. May God bless you as you help children grow closer to God and stronger in their faith.