Armor of God Object Lesson
On Fridays, I attempt to plan a simple object lesson to go along with Bible study. Since we have been studying knights of the Middle Ages lately, I thought a lesson on the Armor of God made a nice tie-in.
The lesson is quick, but powerful.
Armor of God Object Lesson
- two oranges
- a glass bowl large enough for two oranges to be completely submerged
Read Ephesians 6:10-17
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Talk about what each piece of armor stands for and how it helps us stand against the devil.
Ask your children to pretend to put on each piece of armor as you discuss how that particular piece might help them throughout their day.
Place both oranges in the bowl with their “armor” on. (In other words, keep the skin on both oranges.) Talk about how the oranges are floating, or “standing firm” in the water.
Little by little, begin peeling away some of the “armor” (skin) of one of the oranges. You might peel off a chunk and say something like, “Uh oh, this orange forgot to put on his belt of truth. When someone says something ugly about him today, he might believe it. If he believes that lie, instead of the truth that he’s wonderfully made, he might not stand as firm in the water.” Place the orange back in the water and notice that, although it doesn’t sink completely, it begins dipping further in the water than the orange still wearing all its armor.
Continue on this way, peeling back a little at a time, talking about a new piece of armor the orange forgot to put on, talking about how that might affect his day, and then placing the orange in the water to see it sink more and more each time.
By the time you remove all of the armor, the orange will completely sink. It is not able to “stand” at all.
Challenge your children to think purposefully each day about putting on each piece of armor. Maybe you could even pretend to put on each piece together every morning. When I purposefully try to put on my own armor, I know I’m able to stand more firmly against the devil’s wily schemes. I bet kids can, too!
These are a few resources we’ve enjoyed to reinforce the importance of girding ourselves with the Armor of God:
Medieval Knight in Shining Armor Pretend Role Play Plastic Toy Costume Set with Weapons and Accessories SilverArmor of God pamphlet: Put on the Full ArmorKids’ Travel Guide to the Armor of GodGod’s Armor (Faith That Sticks)Armor of God ChartA Kid’s Guide to the Armor of GodEphesians 6 Coloring and Activity Book: The Armor of God Activity and Coloring Book (Bible Chapters for Kids)
This will be a great project for our Sunday school class…thank you!
Thank you so much! I am such a believer in using object lessons to teach our children. When I started looking for them, I found that God pretty much uses objects lessons whenever He is teaching us spiritual principles–That’s a pretty good indication that it’s an excellent teaching technique. What are some of your favorite sources for object lessons? (I’m always looking for new ideas.) I’ve shared some of my favorite sources for object lessons in my blog post here: http://turning-our-hearts.blogspot.com/2011/11/family-time-training-effective-tool-for.html. Many blessings to you!
Very cool lesson! I never think of these sorts of things on my own, so thanks for sharing!
Thank you for posting this. This week I am teaching my daughters about the armor of God. I know they will really enjoy this!
Great object lesson. You could also do things to both oranges. to show how we feel attacked at times..like with lying, etc. Maybe pour ciffee grounds over both,, then some food coloring..food coloring could represent temptation since it can look good. After you have attacked your oranges..ask kids which one they would want to eat…which one was protected. Enjoy.
Great idea, Toni! Thanks for adding it here!
Thank you! This lesson is totally do-able!
Oh I love this! Whenever we cycle around to Armor of God, I’m going to need to use this 🙂
Love, love, love this idea! We are definitely going to use this!
Oh and I love Toni’s idea too. This is a recurring theme that we keep coming back to over and over again.
I love this example too! I am going to have to use this with my boys this year. They will love it : )
I really love this activity. So simple, yet SO profound!
I love this object lesson about the armor of God. If you are interested in good books about knights and castles I recommend going to talesofcastles.com. Ed Dunlop is an awesome author and his books are amazing!
Love it ,love it,love it!
Thanks so much for sharing. A wonderful object lesson I’ll be doing with our Sunday School class this week!
I am a resident of a nursi g home, where I also teach the elderly Bible Study. I found 20 years ago as a Pastor`s wife, that the elderly respond well to object lessons in our classes. I am teaching on this subject next week & had no object lesson to go with it. Thank you for providing a very clear, mind grasping, & eye catching example to go with my lesson! I will return for others.
Love this!! Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to use this on Sunday!
Wonderful can’t wait to try this one . Thanks for sharing
Love this! I’m using it in Children’s Church!
Thank you for sharing! I do not have a curriculum this morning so I plan I doing this activity this! Looks like a lot of fun to share with the children. My class ranges around 4-8. I hope the young ones are able to comprehend this lesson!:)
I don’t have kids but it was a great lesson for me! Even adults need to be reminded to put on their armor as well!!
What a lovely idea! I have taught this lesson many times in sunday sc jh ool..i even bought the armor on christianbook.com.. but i love example u give using the orange. It’s so visual and children love this and can relate better to the lesson. Thsnk u, I will b using your idea in the future. Arlene
Thank you!! This will go great for my adult Sunday School class as well. FHE lesson tomorrow is now set.;0)
This is such an awesome idea! I will be teaching a lesson to the children at our church about the armor of God and plan to use this! THanks!
thank you for this, it will help a lot
I tried this for our Family home Evening lesson this evening and it did not work, both oranges still floated!
Well, darn. I’ve done this lesson with my own children and several church classes over the years without fail. I wish I knew why it didn’t work for you. Maybe try it again with a different brand of oranges?
This is a great concept, but both my oranges continued to float.
I’m sorry, Judy. I’ve used the activity several times and it’s never failed me yet. Maybe give it another go sometime. 🙂
Did this for a youth group ages 3-19. The orange floated a little, until I took some of the white off. I was too much in a hurry while I was peeling! Practiced it at home and it worked fine. Seemed to work better with little oranges than big ones. Thank you for this! It was a lot of fun to do, and they loved the oranges!
I’m going to use this for our school chapel time to start the New Year armed and ready for God!! Thanks for the great example with the oranges! Awesome!
I can’t thank you enough for this. Its my first time on this assignment and I believe God is with me all the way for directing me your way. Thank you for allowing God to use you for people like me. Thanks again.
You’re welcome, Christy!
This is EXCELLENT! I was looking for an activity to demonstrate the Armor of God. I love all the worksheets and things, but this is hands-on which is even better for my 2 little learners!! Thank you for posting it!
I hope it was a powerful demonstration for your children! 🙂
I absolutely love this! Thank you for sharing! I will use it with my lesson this Sunday! I think I will use it as a review of my lesson and have the kids tell me each of the pieces of armor. I will draw each piece of armor on one of the oranges with a sharpie before putting in the water. Then I will peel the piece of armor I drew off the orange as I proceed with the object lesson. Looking forward to this!
The theme of our vacation Bible school is The Armor of God. I am going to use this lesson as part of our closing day.
This is absolutely incredible it explains exactly what happens when we forget to put on a piece of Armour. I can testify to this because 2 days ago I was putting mine on and got distracted, I forgot to put on the shoes of readiness. The consequences were terrible because 1 I was not ready for the attack 2 I hadn’t taken up the sword of the Spirit to fight for me and 3 I hadn’t protected my mind against the lies and schemes of the devil. In my experience the Helmet of Salvation is the most crucial part of the Armour but it is the last item we put on because everything else elevates its power. This illustration with the oranges is absolutely incredible because it explains exactly that. I am in awe of the resources the Lord has given us to explain this very concept and am soo very thankful that I have found this. God bless
Hi. Great post! I always look for new strategies to use for “teachable moments”. Great idea!
Do you know if this will work with small Cutie (tangelos) oranges?
Hi Mandy! I’m not positive that cuties are dense enough, but give it a try!