X-Monsters

THEME

Servant Working:Armor of God

MEMORY VERSE

Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Ephesians 6:11

A soldier ... wants to please his commanding officer (2 Timothy 2:4) . Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.

NOTES

Are you ready for battle? The battle metaphor for our lives in Christ is not a comfortable way to think. But as uncomfortable as this makes us, the Bible warns us that we are in a battle. Not a battle against powers that we can see, but those unseen forces that are enemies of God (Ephesians 6).

We don't want to be identified with soldiers. We don't sing "Onward Christian Soldiers" much anymore. And, after all, didn't Jesus come to bring peace? Yes, Jesus did come to bring peace, but He wasn't unaware of His enemies. He cast out many demons during His ministry. He knew that a victory for Him and his followers meant the defeat of His enemies (Luke 10:17-20).

But it is the armor that we are take into battle that is unusual: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the gospel of peace, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:14-17). These are the things that make us ready for battle and that please our commanding officer, Jesus.

Sometimes we are surprised when we encounter resistance. Sometimes we aren't ready. Do you put on your armor everyday?


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What was Liz waiting in line to buy?
A. The latest X-Monsters DVD.

Q. What happened when he fell and bumped his head?
A. He finds himself inside an X-Monsters adventure.

Q. How did Chamda Doe save Princess Vonella?
A. He stepped in front of Princess Vonella and took the X-Laser shot meant for her.

Q. Who helped Chambda?
A. Mor-gon.

GOOD QUESTION

This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.

Q.
In his letter to Timothy, Paul tells Timothy to "endure hardship like a good soldier of Christ Jesus." How do soldiers endure hardship? What can that tell us about how God wants us to face hardship in our lives?
A.
Soldiers endure a lot of hardship—they are far away from friends and family, they face danger every day, they do without the conveniences of home, they get hurt and even die. How do they endure? By remembering what their purpose, by being alert, by using their training, by watching out for each other, by giving dedicated effort to the cause. We can learn lessons from this: we remember that we are serving God, we stay alert to our surrounding, and to our weaknesses, we remember and use what we've learned from the Bible, we care for each other, and we dedicate our lives to the cause of Christ and His kingdom.

SO WHAT?

(Ephesians 6:14-17) Choose one: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Discuss with a family member or friend how you will show that you have the armor of God on today!
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