Youth Object Lesson: Sword of the Spirit

I love foam sword fights. I find every way possible to place them in our youth lessons. This week we were working with Ephesians 6:10-18 (the Armor of God section) and so I had a neat idea for how to talk about the sword of the spirit.

I pulled two volunteers from the audiences and told them they were going to sword fight. I handed one guy a regular foam sword. The other guy got a sword that I had chopped down to just the handle. The look on his face was priceless, “What am I supposed to do with this?” he said, and so I told him to do his best.

After he lost the fight (just barely actually), I said that if we don’t know the Bible then we are like people who are going out to fight with only a piece of a sword. If the sword of the spirit is the word of God then shouldn’t we know what it says.

To close I passed out cards that had a picture of a Roman sword on it. Along the sword I put 12 lines and asked students to write down the reference to any verses that they knew. The goal was to see if they had a complete sword or not. I heard comments like “I only have a handle” and “What if I don’t know exactly what it says.” It was one of those moments when they seemed to “get it” and it was pretty cool.


2 thoughts on “Youth Object Lesson: Sword of the Spirit

  • November 1, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Thanks for the object lession I will use it on HEAVENTRAIN sat 11-17-2012, HEAVENTRAIN is a bus that we drive into the houseing areas and tell the kids about JESUS CHRIST.

  • June 13, 2017 at 12:43 AM

    Hi we used your idea in a children’s program about the armor of God- they loved it- especially the boys and got it. Helped us as we encouraged them to memorize scripture to picture the need to have hidden God’s word in their hearts. Was great to hear them telling their parents about the object lesson and to see so many parents also “get it”. Unfortunately scripture memorization is a much neglected part of our life with ready access to the internet and search engines.


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