Key Passage: Ephesians 6:14-15
- We need to be prepared to tell people the good news about the peace we have with God so that they can enjoy peace with God as well.
- The good news (gospel) is that Jesus died for our sins so we can have peace with God.
- We also show that we live out the gospel by trying to live in peace with others.
1. How do we make peace with God?
2. How do we make peace with others?
Rom 10:8-10, 13-15
2 Tim 4:2, 5
1 Pet 3:13-17
2 Tim 1:7-12
1. If anyone asked you what the gospel is, what would you say? Do you have any questions about the gospel? [Parents- this is an excellent opportunity to go over the gospel with your child!] Have you made peace with God?
2. Is there anyone in your life that you frequently fight with? Pray for wisdom, guidance and compassion for your relationship with that person.
3. Is there anyone in your life that needs to know Jesus? Pray for an opportunity to be able to present the gospel to them.
Key Passage: Ephesians 6:14b
- We cannot be righteous just by trying.
- God assigns Christ’s righteousness to us when we become Christians.
- God accepts us because we have Christ’s righteousness.
- Satan tries to discourage us by placing doubt in our hearts.
- We are in a spiritual battle and we need to guard our heart.
1. What is righteousness?
2. How do you put on the breastplate of righteousness?
3. What does it mean that Christians have the righteousness of Christ?
4. Why is it important to guard our hearts?
1 Sam 26:23
Isa 59:1-2, 15-17, 20
Rom 3:10-12, 20-24
1. Talk with your child about salvation: Do you have any questions about what it means to be righteous? How to become a Christian?
2. If your child has accepted Christ, discuss any doubts your child may have about God’s love or acceptance. Talk about what it means to be forgiven of our sins (1 John 1:9)
Key Passage: Ephesians 6:14
- Satan is the source of all lies and false teachings.
- We need to hold to the teachings of Jesus– knowing true doctrine will set us free!
- God desires us to be honest in both word and deed.
1. What is the purpose of a belt? Why does the Bible describe truth as being like a belt?
2. We can put on the belt of truth by learning as much as we can from the Bible. How can we know truth? What does the truth do for us?
3. We can put on the belt of truth by always being honest in what we say and do. Does lying sometimes seem like the easier route to take when trying to solve problems or get out of trouble? Why is it not the easier route?
1 John 2:3-4
1 Cor 13:6
1. What are some things that you already know about God that make you confident in your battle against Satan?
2. Do you have any questions about what the Bible teaches?
(some key doctrinal areas would include the Bible, God, Jesus, Salvation, Christian life, the church?)
3. If your child has any questions about what Christians believe, try to have some family devotionals about that topic. If you need assistance in knowing what resources to use, ask Pastor Mike.
4. How can you be ready to face Satan when he tempts you to do wrong or doubt God?
5. Review the promises of God with your children. Some to keep in mind:
- God’s Love & Salvation– John 3:16
- God’s Presence- Heb 13:5b
- God’s Promise of Victory- 1 Cor 15:57
Key Passage: Ephesians 6:10-13
- We are all involved in spiritual warfare.
- The believer is to find strength in the Lord.
- Our job is to obey God and resist the devil.
- We have authority in Christ.
1. How are we to be in the Lord and his mighty power? What does this look like?
2. What happens if we submit to God and resist the devil?
3. Who ultimately has authority over Satan?
1 Pet 5:8-9
Luke 10:1, 17-20
1 Cor 10:12-13
1. How can you be strong in the Lord?
2. What does it look like to be strong “in the Lord” versus being strong in your self? Can you tell of any experiences when you were strong in the Lord when in previous situations you had tried to be strong in yourself?
3. Do you think the devil knows your weaknesses? How do you go about resisting the devil? See 1 Pet 5:8-9
4. Do you sometimes think that you will never be tempted by a particular sin? See 1 Cor 10:12
5. Is there any temptation you can’t resist? How does God help you so you can resist? See 1 Cor 10:13
6. Can Jesus understand what you are going through? See Heb 4:15
7. Prayer: This week, pray with your child against temptation. Ask for strength and protection in the areas you both struggle with. Pray also that you would be on your guard in areas where you feel strong. At the end of the week, ask your child how the week went.
Key Passage: Ephesians 6:1-9
- We need to obey those in authority with a sincere heart.
- There are blessings to obedience.
- We all, including those in authority over us, need to obey God because He is everyone’s Master.
1. What does it mean to obey?
2. What kind of attitude do we need for true obedience?
1 John 5:3
1. What authority do you have the most trouble obeying?
2. What family rules do you have the most trouble obeying? Why do you think those rules are in place?
3. Review the family rules with your child or corporately write new ones. Let your child have input so he or she will feel ownership in the system.
4. Family Fun Night: Play a game your child is familiar with, but drop all the rules. Let the players do whatever they want, whenever they want, for any reason. Discuss how the lack of rules makes chaos and the rules are designed to make the game fun for everyone. Rules are very similar– God knows what is best for us and gives us a guidebook in His Word. Obedience brings blessings— see Eph 6:3
5. This week, encourage your child extra hard to obey authorities in his or her life (teachers, parents, coaches, pastors, etc.) Tell them not to complain or argue (Phil 2:14), but to obey. At the end of the week, talk about how the week went:
- was it harder or easier? [It’s okay if it is harder– this is why we need Jesus and is a perfect opportunity to explain the gospel to your child. We cannot do it on our own!]
- was life more peaceful? Did your child notice any blessings that came from obedience? [Make sure you have noticed, rewarded, encouraged obedience from your child this week so they have experienced the blessings of obedience!]
This Spring we will be studying Ephesians 6 with your fourth and fifth graders. Most of the time will be spent learning about the Armor of God.
It is important that our students see that this armor is given to all believers. When we are “in Christ“, we have it. The closer we draw to Jesus through reading the Word and obeying the Word, the more fully we will walk in the armor of Christ. These verses help us to know that it is only “In Christ” that we have the authority, power, and victory over the enemy. A Christian who does not understand who he is in Christ can live a defeated, joyless, and fearful life. The truth is that Christ has given us the authority to defeat the enemy within and without. This truth can set us FREE!
We want our children to know the truth of God’s Word instead of the lies of the world. We are powerless against sin without Christ. We cannot know the truth, have faith, save ourselves, save the world, or fight our enemies within and without apart from Christ. Christ is our all in all. We can know Christ and be saved, but it is only when we obey Christ that we can live in joy and victory.
We encourage you to study this passage and talk about it with your child. Dwell in it. Memorize it. Discuss it. As Christ changes you, He will give you wisdom, insight, and power to minister to the precious children He has given you.
In His Service,
Pastor Mike and