Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Armor of God

 
I created this art specifically to be used in introduction of the second verse of "Scripture Power," but it could be used with any scripture theme.  If you do use it for "Scripture Power," you should know that there is a small discrepancy.  In the song, it mentions the "Sword of Truth," while Ephesians calls it the "Sword of the Spirit."  My personal feeling is this- if you use this activity first, followed by the second verse of the song the next week, the children will likely have forgotten what the sword represents and won't notice.  If you're very concerned about them learning the incorrect terms, my only second suggestion would be to change the words in the song.  If you do choose to change the words, make sure to first have it approved by your Primary President.  It's possible that the "incorrect" wording is deliberate and I'd hate to miss teaching an important point of doctrine.  If you have strong feelings one way or the other, please do share them in the comments.
 
ANYWAY, for this activity, you'll need to print one of the documents at the bottom of the page.  There is a color version and a black and white version which you can color yourself or ask the Activity Days children to color for you.  Cut out the boy and paste him together at the seams. Post him at the front of the room. 
 
 
 
Cut out the pieces of armor and post them in different areas around the room. 
 
Begin by explaining the concept of the Armor of God.  Ask the children what armor does.  How are the scriptures like armor?  Read Ephesians 6:11 "Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."
 
Have children choose a picture of a piece of armor from around the room. Read the scripture reference, name the armor, and add it to the boy at the front of the room.  Then sing the corresponding song.  My suggestions are listed below.
 
Remember that singing time is not sharing time.  It's fine to teach the children a quick lesson, but the emphasis MUST be on the singing.  Make sure to use the vast majority of your time on music. 
 
As a final note, there ARE several church-approved images of the Armor of God.  I created these because I wanted something large enough to be seen by all of the children.  If you have a smaller Primary, you may choose to use the church resources.
  
 
Girdle of Truth
Ephesians 6:14
 

Shoes- the Gospel of Peace
Ephesians 6:15
 I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ
 
Breastplate of Righteousness
Ephesians 6:14
 

Helmet of Salvation
Ephesians 6:17

Shield of Faith
Ephesians 6:16

Sword of the Spirit
Ephesians 6:17
The Holy Ghost
The Still Small Voice
Listen, Listen


for the color version:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxaGNthpkBOXb3FueFlpNVAyTG8/view?usp=sharing
for the black and white version:
 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxaGNthpkBOXZHltQWc5dk9nTlE/view?usp=sharing

-HELP THE CHILDREN SHARE WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNED WITH THEIR FAMILIES-
You might choose to print a copy of this black and white page for the children to take home and explain in Family Home Evening.  This also satisfies a Faith in God requirement for the older children!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxaGNthpkBOXYkt6amQzdDF5N2M/view?usp=sharing
 
 
 


2 comments:

  1. The body from the color pdf doesn't line up right at the waist...it could be me, but I think it is missing an inch or so! I just printed another shirt and patched him up, but just in case you want to change him (or tell me that I am wrong!). Such a great idea. Thank you!

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  2. about the sword of truth or the spirit is: (personal opinion)that the holy ghost is never gonna tell you to lie, always is gonna tell you to choose the right, to tell the truth, so it can be explain that way. and that is why we call it the sword of truth too, because we have the spirit with us to guide us

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