After completing this lesson, your children will learn that they should use the gifts given to them by God to help build up the Body of Christ.
MEMORY WORK (12 minutes)"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10 NIV
Have your children follow along as you read the verse several times. Have your kids close their Bibles and let them recite the verse from memory.
SCRIPTURE READING AND DISCUSSION (15 minutes)Introduction:
Today, when we say that someone is talented, we are usually talking about a special ability, perhaps in playing a musical instrument, or drawing, or even someone who is especially good at sports. We all know someone who is talented. But in Jesus' time, a talent was actually a large sum of money. It was equal to about two years of wages. Wouldn’t it be nice to get that much money as a birthday gift? What would you do with it? Jesus told a parable using the talent as a symbol of great fortune, but not of money—instead as a special gift from God. Let’s read the parable, to see what the people did with their talents.
Read Matthew 25:14-30 (The parable of the talents)
1. What did the master give each servant? (5 talents, 2 talents and 1 talent.)
2. What made the master happy? (When the servants used their talents wisely to earn more.)
3. What made the master angry? (When the last servant wasted his one talent.)
4. If the talents given to each servant represented a gift to share Jesus with others, what did the first two servants do different from the last servant? (They shared the Good News and more people came to know Jesus, while the last servant just kept the joy to himself.)
5. Why did the master give away the talent of the servant who had only one? (Because he wasted the gift his master gave him by not sharing it with others.)
APPLICATION (4 minutes)Turn back to Matthew 25: 14-30 and count the number of times “Talent” appears. (14 times) Explain that just as it appears a lot of times, God also generously gives talents to all of His children. He never holds back His special gifts. Your special talent may not be sports or playing an instrument or singing, but you do have some. It may be caring for others, serving, praying, or perhaps simply being a good friend when someone is in need. We can either waste the gifts God gives us by passing up opportunities to use them, or use them every chance we can to further the Kingdom of God. If we just waste them, they may disappear altogether. Just remember the servants in our parable, and you will know what to do.
Today’s Lesson: Putting on the full armor of God
MEMORY WORK (12 minutes)
Help your children find Ephesians 6:11 in the Bible. Write the verse out and recite the verse. Cover a word or two and recite the verse again. Continue in this manner until the children can recite the verse from memory. Practice this verse with your child several times a week.
"Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes." Ephesians 6:11 NIV
SCRIPTURE READING AND DISCUSSION (15 minutes)
What does this verse tell us?
This verse tells us that we must be prepared as we go into battle, a spiritual battle. Without God's Armor and protection we do not stand a chance. God will empower us to fight the good fight and to make a stand against the devil.
Read the verse together. Once you've read the verse explain how each piece of armor protects us.
The Belt of Truth: The belt worn by a roman soldier was important because it firmly secured the soldier's weapons needed to fight. If we are to stand up to evil, we must be firmly secured by the truth that is found only in Jesus.
The Breastplate of Righteousness: The typical Roman soldier wore a protective covering to cover the vital organs, like the heart, the lungs, liver, etc. If any of these were injured, the life of the soldier would be in serious jeopardy. If we try to do battle over Satan's enemies with only our own righteousness, we will never win. We need a righteousness that comes from our Savior.
Feet with the Gospel of Peace: To do battle, a soldier must be prepared to go, and good strong sandals were absolutely necessary. Likewise, before we can do battle, we must be prepared, but our preparation comes from the Gospel. The Gospel is the good news about Jesus, and through it we can tell others how they can have peace with God.
The Shield of Faith: The shield protected the Roman soldier from arrows and sword blows. Our spiritual enemies are constantly throwing arrows and thrusting swords towards us. The best way to deflect these blows is with the shield of faith. When we hold on to our shield, when we hold firm to our faith in Jesus, we can go forth boldly.
The Helmet of Salvation: An essential item for a soldier's survival. The helmet protects the head of the soldier, where there is the mind and spirit. Our salvation comes from Jesus, and it is a lasting protection until the day we are with Him in heaven.
The Sword of the Spirit: The Roman sword was short and lightweight so they could use it easily. At close range, it was a deadly weapon. The sword of the spirit represents the Word of God. The Word of God is a powerful weapon, especially when used under the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
1. Why do we need spiritual armor? (To stand against the ways of the devil.)
2.Why is it important that we that we put on our spiritual armor every day? (Without it we will be weak and easily defeated.)
6. How can we use each piece of spiritual armor at home? At school? At church?
Dear Lord, please give us the wisdom to see the need to put on the full armor of God each
and every day. Please give us strength and courage to fight a good fight and help others
come to know You as Lord and Savior. Thank You for providing the tools and resources
we need to live godly lives. Amen
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Each morning practice putting on the spiritual armor together. Discuss how each piece of
armor will help us make a strong stand against the devil.