Saturday, October 13, 2012

Raising Biblical Superheroes {Ephesians 6}: The Helmet of Salvation and The Shield of Faith

Today was another fun "Superhero Saturday" at our house! The boys are loving the dressing up and playing, and we are loving the teaching them what it means to be a "warrior" for God...or Biblical Superhero, if you will!

I was planning to make superhero masks today, but when I found these cute little masks in the party section at Walmart the other day for only $2.00 (just $.50 apiece), I decided buying them was much easier! :) But if you would rather make them, go here for some printable superhero mask patterns.

The boys loved wearing them!


And it worked out perfectly because one of the masks in the package (Thor) was actually a helmet, not a mask, which led right into our discussion of the "Helmet of Salvation."

We talked about the fact that one of the pieces of armor that we need, in order to be in God's army, is salvation through Christ alone. In order to win the final battle against the devil and spend eternity in Heaven with God, we must have a personal relationship with Him through faith in Jesus Christ.

We MUST...

A - ADMIT we're a sinner, that we need Christ as our savior, and that all those who call on the name of the Lord Jesus will be saved! We simply need to turn from our sin and turn to Christ.

B - BELIEVE the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God, who took our place on the cross, dying for our sins and then 3 days later rising again, conquering death and Hell, so that we can have eternal life in Heaven with Him when we die!

C - COMMIT our lives to the Lord, putting our faith and trust in Him as Lord and Savior, allowing Him to lead and guide us! We need to strive to live a life for Him, becoming more and more like Him, knowing that we will not be perfect until we get to Heaven.

Go here for more information about how to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, which leads to eternal life in Heaven when you die.

Then the boys put on some superhero costumes and went to war against the evil Daddy! ;)

I had not planned to discuss the "Shield of Faith" today but Little A was blocking the "fire balls" that Big A was throwing at him (actually squishy baseballs) with his Captain America shield and it was just too good to pass up. I used the opportunity to talk about how having faith in God, putting our trust in Him, will enable us to overcome sin and remain victorious against the devil and his lies.

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. {Exodus 14:14}

I hope you are having fun playing with your little superheroes, all the while using the Armor of God passage to teach them how to "fight" for the Lord!

Check back next Saturday for a fun little superhero giveaway! And be sure to post your Biblical Superhero pictures and ideas onto our Facebook page or simply leave a comment here, with the link to your blog post, or on Twitter using the hash tag #biblicalsuperheroes. I will feature them here next Saturday.

Go here to find out what we did last week to teach the boys about the Sword of the Spirit!

Happy Saturday, friends!

About the Author: Erin Vick Franklin is the founder and director of Worthy of the Prize. Erin has a BBA in Marketing and Management from TCU and a Masters of Christian Education in Church Recreation from Southwestern Seminary. She is a published, award-winning author and poet. Purchase her book Worthy of the Prize Sports Camps: A Church's Guide to Implementing an Effective, Community-Reaching Christian Sports Camp to be used as an outreach tool for your church or mission organization. Erin is the wife of A, a Worship Pastor, and a work-at-home momma to 2 crazy little boys, a and e.

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Liberty said...

Great idea!

Tim, Allyson, and kids said...

I love how you used superhero costumes to help your kids fight against evil. Such a great way to reach their little hearts!

We'd love for you to share this post at our Finished Friday Linky.

Amy said...

Now that is a really cool idea! I love how you made the spiritual armor idea so tangible for little ones. :) Great work! I'd be just thrilled if you'd share it here:

Worthy of the Prize said...

Thanks, Liberty!!

Worthy of the Prize said...

Thanks, Allyson!! I will try to remember to link- up!

Worthy of the Prize said...

Thanks, Amy!! I will try to remember to link-up!

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