Looking for hands-on ways to teach kids about the Armor of God? This Helmet of Salvation Nature Walk is an easy way to get outside in God’s creation and take some time to thank God for the incredible gift of salvation. This hands on study of Ephesians 6:10-19 is aimed to help your family connect, play, learn, and grow in God’s Word together.
This week we are learning about the Helmet of Salvation. The helmet is a pretty piece of armor because it protected a soldier’s head from attacks from the enemy. Our spiritual helmet, the helmet of Salvation protects our mind and reminds us that we have been saved by grace alone — Jesus died to rescue you and me! Nothing can separate you from His love.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin doesn’t just make our hearts ugly, it separates us from God. Sin means choosing my way over God’s way. But thankfully our story doesn’t end there. Romans 6:23 tells us that, “the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Jesus died to rescue us. Salvation is an incredible gift, not something we can obtain on our own. We can’t earn it or strive for it. We can’t just try harder or be better. We need a Savior!
When Jesus died on the cross he took our place and paid the price for our sins so that we could be in relationship with Him again. The Helmet of Salvation reminds us of the living hope we have because of Jesus. It reminds our forgetful minds of who (and Whose) we are. It also guards and defends our mind from the lies that the enemy speaks and helps us to take our thoughts captive (2 Corinthians 10:3-6). This piece of armor truly is an incredible gift. One that we can’t forget.
Today’s activity is a simple way to get outside and explore God’s creation while being reminded of His incredible gift of salvation.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Thank You For Salvation Nature Walk Printable
- A pencil (to check off each item as you find it)
- A pair of comfortable shoes
This might be one of the simplest activities so far, but one that you’ll definitely remember. Before you head out the door download the nature walk printable and print it out. Use scissors to cut out the card.
When you’re ready to begin, make sure everyone has put on a pair of comfortable shoes and then head outside. Don’t forget your printable and pencil. This activity might be as simple as it gets. Your goal? Find the items on the list together.
Search high, low, and all around to find the items. As you go down the list you can talk through what each item represents and then praise God aloud for His great rescue plan.
When you’re all finished read aloud Romans 5:6-8 and let the words sink down deep into your heart.
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person — though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” [Romans 5:6-8]
At just the right time Christ died for you and for me. That is truly something to celebrate!
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As you and your family learn about the Armor of God together, I pray that you will see how important each piece is and the incredible truth that we don’t have to fight this battle in our own strength. It’s not us at work, but Christ in us.