The Helmet of Salvation
Welcome to week #9 of Home-made JAM!
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In the Bible, Paul talks about the spiritual battle we’re fighting against evil and tells us to put on the helmet of salvation. Salvation is a word that means Jesus died to forgive our sins and rescue us from death and the devil. Because Jesus died for us, we can be friends with Him. When we believe in Jesus, it's like putting on a helmet to protect our minds.
This week we again have two songs we will use to help us focus on the Shield of Faith. The first one, Stand Strong will be familiar to you! This song reminds us that no matter what happens to us in life, God helps us to Stand Strong against it. The second song is another one we have sung as a part of Home-made JAM this Summer. There's Power in the Blood reminds us of Jesus' death on the cross for us, and how His power helps us to face everything that comes up in our lives.
Take some time to learn these songs and sing them with your kids!
Craft - Open Door Chains
- duct tape in a variety of colors
- “Open-Door Chains Instructions” handout
Make Chains That Keep a Door Open
Set out the supplies, and have an adult read through the directions so everyone understands what you are doing.
- Cut a strip of duct tape that’s around 8 or 9 inches long.
- Fold the strip in half the long way and press the two sticky sides together, but at one end, leave about an inch open.
- Loop the strip to stick the sealed end into the open end, and then seal it.
- Repeat, looping each new strip of duct tape through the last one before sealing it to make a chain at least five links long.
- Make a separate chain that’s at least five links long.
- Cut a piece of duct tape that’s the width of the tape.
- Cut another piece of duct tape that’s the same size, and stick it to the back of the first piece.
- Cut slits on opposite sides of the duct tape square as shown so you can stick chain links through both sides.
- Using strips of duct tape that are each about 4 inches long, make two shorter chain links to go through the slits on both sides of the square. Loop each one into one of your existing chains.
Try It Out
When Paul and Silas were in prison (Acts 16:25-40), they had chains on. Life before salvation is like being in prison with chains on, but our prison is sin and death. But Jesus came to open the door and set us free, just as he did for Paul and Silas. When we have the helmet of salvation because we’re friends with Jesus, we’re not in chains with sin anymore! And here’s the cool thing about the chains you just made: They can keep a door from latching to remind you of how Jesus opened the door to set us free.
- Have kids try out their chains on the door to their bedroom
- Link one chain on the doorknob on the inside and the other chain on the doorknob on the outside, keeping the chain as tight as possible. (The chain will probably loop around each doorknob with the links closest to the center. The extra loops will hang down to resemble a long chain.)
- When you try to close the door, it either won’t close all the way or will close but not latch so it’s easily pushed open.
Talk About It
We said that life before salvation is like being in prison with chains on.
- What does that mean to you?
- How is salvation like being set free?
The devil wants to keep us in chains, prisoners of sin and temptation. But that’s not what God wants! He sent Jesus to die for us so we could be freed from those chains. We’re set free when we put on the helmet of salvation.
Game - Moving Walkway
- upbeat music
This week we're learning about Paul and Silas. They were in jail when a big earthquake hit. Let’s play a game to see what it might be like to be in an earthquake.
- Have each person grab the edge of a sheet and sit down.
- Call one person at a time to walk across the sheet while everyone else shakes the sheet gently up and down.
- Suggest different ways to walk across the sheet, such as the following:
- hopping like a bunny
- walking backward
- Play upbeat music to sing along with while you play.
Talk About Worship
It wouldn’t be much fun to be in an earthquake or in jail like Paul and Silas were. But since Paul and Silas knew their friend Jesus was with them, they sang songs to Him. What’s your favorite song about Jesus?
Those songs help us remember Jesus loves us and is our forever friend! Knowing we’re friends with Jesus is called salvation. Salvation helps us feel better when we’re sad or scared. When we’re friends with Jesus, we can worship him, even in sad or scary times, just like Paul and Silas did.
Wrap-Up - Pray and Tell
Pray for People You Want to Tell About Jesus
- Have each person think of someone they know and want to tell about Jesus.
- Draw a picture of the person you thought of wearing a helmet.
- Hold out your pictures as you pray: Jesus, help us share the good news about your salvation just like Paul and Silas did. And help the people we drew understand and believe in you! Help them put on their helmets of salvation by becoming your friends so they can join us as we fight evil with salvation. In your name, amen.