The Sword of the Spirit
Welcome to week #11 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 wield the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. This is the only offensive weapon that's listed as part of God's armor, and we see Jesus use His sword to fight Satan's temptations.
This week we again have two songs we will use to help us focus on the Sword of the Spirit. The first one, We Can Trust Him, comes from Psalm 33:4 - For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does. This song reminds us that EVERYTHING God says is true and so we can trust everything He says.
Our second song this week, Vast Voyage, reminds us that as we dive into God's Word it becomes a guide for our life and takes us on a great adventure.
Take some time to learn these songs and sing them with your kids!
Talk-About Video - Jesus is Tempted
In today’s Bible story, Jesus used a special weapon against evil—God’s Word! Let’s see how Jesus used this sword to fight evil.
Watch Jesus Is Tempted
Take some time as a family to talk about what you saw!
- Why was it important that Jesus knew the Bible?
- What’s one temptation or lie that’s hard for you to fight?
- How could you use the Bible to fight that temptation or lie?
God has given us the most powerful sword ever—the Bible! It’s full of words of truth we can use to fight evil when we’re tempted to do something wrong or believe a lie. Just like Jesus, we fight evil with God’s Word.
Object Lesson - God's Word in Our Hearts
- envelopes (1 per person)
- heart stickers (3 per person)
Color on Envelopes to Reveal Heart Shapes
We’ve learned God has an enemy who doesn’t want us to know how much He loves us. But the Bible—God’s Word—is all about God’s love for us. The Bible even says in Psalm 119:11, “I have hidden your word in my heart,” and having God’s Word in our hearts helps us fight God’s evil enemy.
Here's a fun surprise that will help you keep God’s big message of love in your hearts!
- Give each person an envelope and a crayon.
- Show kids how to lightly color on the envelope with the goal of covering most of the front of the envelope with crayon.
- As you color, the edges of the heart stickers in the envelope will catch the crayon and cause the wax to collect at the edges, darkening the crayon color around the hearts to reveal the heart shape through the paper.
Talk About It
The hearts in your envelope were hidden at first, but now we see them! These three hearts remind us to hide God’s love in our hearts. The three hearts on your envelope can help you remember three words: God loves you. The Bible tells us all about God’s love. And God’s Word helps us fight evil.
Craft - Bible Bookmarks
- Bible Bookmark handout
- 6-inch pieces of curling ribbon
- hole punch
Make Bible Bookmarks
The Bible is so full of true stories that show us God’s love that it can be hard to find our favorites. What’s your favorite true story from the Bible? Sometimes it’s nice to be able to find our favorite parts of the Bible quickly. Let’s make something that can help us.
- Give each person a bookmark and some crayons.
- Color bookmarks (you can use crayons, colored pencils, or markers. Get creative!)
- You may even want to write some of your favorite Bible verses on your bookmark.
- After you're finished coloring, punch a hole in the top and some curling ribbon.
Use the Bookmarks
Practice using your beautiful bookmarks.
- Grab your Bible and have your kids grab theirs
- Spend some time helping one another find your favorite Bible stories and bookmark them.
Jesus knew God’s words from the Bible. That’s how He fought God’s evil enemy. We can fight evil with God’s Word, too. These bookmarks can help us find our favorite parts of the Bible when we want to remember God’s love.
Wrap-up - Pray and Tell
- Bibles (1 per person)
Pray With Bibles
- Give each person a Bible.
- Have them stand in a warrior pose, holding their Bibles like swords.
- As each person poses, they can pray aloud that God would help them love the Bible and use it to fight the enemy.
Have a parent or older child pray this prayer to wrap up your prayer time: God, thank you so much for giving us your Word, this amazing sword! Help us put your Word in our hearts so we’re ready for battle. In Jesus’ name, amen.