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Description
Youth will look at a series of common situations, struggles, temptations, etc and determine which piece of spiritual armor would be most useful in the given situation.

Preparation
Make a list of activities/ situations:
Examples

  • A close family member just passed away
  • Someone has done something to hurt your feelings
  • Someone is gossiping about you at school
  • Someone tempts you to view a pornographic picture
  • The desire for money, power, or fame tempts you to do things you know are not good
  • You and a good friend are not talking to each other anymore
  • You are accused of cheating on a test
  • You are afraid to tell your best friend about Jesus
  • You are being taught evolution in school
  • You are having doubts about your faith
  • You are not prepared for your examination
  • You are trying to decide your life career
  • You best friend uses profanity all the time and you find yourself picking up some of it
  • You discover a 50 dollar note on the subway
  • You discover your best friend is gay
  • You don’t feel like God is listening to your prayers
  • You feel very alone
  • You find a person’s wallet on the ground
  • You found out your best friend is pregnant
  • You have doubts about your faith
  • You really want to attend youth camp, but your parents have grounded you.
  • You saw your best friend shoplift an item
  • You see someone begging on the street for food
  • You want to read a novel that has some sexually explicit parts
  • Your exam results were not satisfactory to go to the school you wanted
  • Your friend doesn’t believe in God
  • Your friend is asking about your faith
  • Your friend is having a fight with her parents
  • Your friend needs some advice on a relationship
  • Your friend offers you alcohol at a party
  • Your friend says Jesus never claimed to be God
  • Your mother and father are always fighting
  • Your parents ask you a question and you know if you answer honestly you will be in more trouble
  • Your parents discover you lied to them
  • Your parents never seem to understand you
  • Your parents wish you to be Buddhist
  • Your teacher seems to be treating you as if you are stupid
  • Your worship life is stale
  • You’ve lost your prize possession

 

Getting Started
Using Ephesians 6:13-18 give youth a few minutes to discuss the “six” pieces of spiritual equipment.
Here are the original 6 pieces of equipment for the passage:

  • Belt – Truth
  • Breastplate – Righteousness
  • Shoes – Gospel of Peace
  • Shield – Faith
  • Helmet – Salvation
  • Sword – Word of God

Note: Sometimes people also add “prayer” to the list.

 

Discussion
Read out the list of common situations, struggles, temptations, etc one by one. Youth must choose which piece of spiritual armor they believe would be most useful in the given situation. You can also ask them to explain their answers.

Variation
Ask youth to make a list of difficult situations, temptations, doubts, tests of the faith, and fears they have had during the last week. Then ask them to identify the piece of spiritual armor which would help most with each item on the list.

 


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