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The Shoes of Readiness

Possible Viewpont: Evangelical Christian

Title: The Shoes of Readiness

Objective: To teach young children about the importance of being prepared and ready for anything by putting on the shoes of the gospel of peace, as part of the armor of God.

Introduction: Good morning, boys and girls! Today, we are going to learn about the shoes of readiness, which is part of the armor of God. Just like soldiers wear special shoes to protect their feet in battle, we also need to be ready to go wherever God calls us and share His love with others.

1. Show the children a picture of a soldier wearing special shoes and explain that just like soldiers, we also need to be prepared to share God’s love.
2. Read Ephesians 6:15, which says, “And having your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” Explain that this means we need to be ready to go and share the good news of Jesus with others.
3. Discuss with the children how they can be prepared to tell others about Jesus. Encourage them to think of ways they can show God’s love to their friends and family.
4. Share a story from the Bible about Jesus sending out the disciples to share the gospel and how they needed to be ready and prepared to go wherever He sent them.
5. Help the children understand that when we are ready and willing to share God’s love, we are living out the purpose God has for us.

Conclusion: Just like the soldiers in battle, we need to be ready and prepared to share God’s love with others. By putting on the shoes of readiness, we can be ready to go wherever God calls us and tell others about Jesus. Let’s remember to be prepared and willing to share God’s love with everyone we meet! Let’s pray and ask God to help us put on the shoes of readiness every day. Amen.

Worship Music for Lesson

1. “I’m Gonna Be Ready” by Yancy
2. “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” by Cedarmont Kids
3. “Get Ready” by Hillsong Kids
4. “I Will Not Be Shaken” by Timothy Mark

Questions for Lesson

1. How does the concept of the “shoes of readiness” from the armor of God apply to your daily life as a young Christian?
2. Why is it important for young Christians to be prepared and ready to share the gospel with others, according to Ephesians 6:15?
3. What practical steps can you take to ensure that you are always prepared to share the message of Jesus with others, just as a soldier would always be ready for battle?
4. What does the Bible teach about the importance of truth and righteousness as part of the armor of God in Ephesians 6:14?
5. What does Ephesians 6:16 teach about the importance of faith as a shield in spiritual battle, and why is this relevant for young Christians today?
6. Quiz: According to John 3:16, what does God’s love motivate Him to do for us?


Ephesians 6:15
1 Peter 3:15
Isaiah 52:7
Luke 12:35

Object Lesson

Illustration: The Shoes of Readiness

Props needed:
– A pair of sneakers
– A toy sword
– A toy shield
– A helmet
– A cardboard box

1. Begin by gathering the children and sitting in a circle on the floor.
2. Place the pair of sneakers in the center of the circle and ask the children if they know what they are for. Discuss how shoes protect our feet and help us be ready to run and play.
3. Hold up the toy sword and explain how it represents the Word of God, our sword of the Spirit. Discuss the importance of being ready to stand firm in our faith.
4. Hold up the toy shield and talk about how it protects us from the fiery darts of the enemy. Discuss the importance of being ready to defend ourselves against temptation and spiritual attacks.
5. Hold up the helmet and explain that it represents the hope of salvation, and how it protects our minds from doubt and fear.
6. Finally, bring out the cardboard box and tell the children that it represents the armor of God. Show them how the shoes of readiness are an important part of the armor, helping us to be ready for whatever comes our way.

Through this illustration, the children will learn about the importance of being spiritually prepared and confident in their faith, just like putting on a pair of shoes before going out to play. This will help reinforce the idea of the armor of God and how it can help them in their everyday lives.

Craft Idea

Craft: Shoebox Armor of God

– Shoeboxes (1 per child)
– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Tape
– Markers
– Stickers
– Glue
– Foam or paper shapes (optional)

1. Begin by explaining the lesson of “The Shoes of Readiness” and the importance of being prepared with the armor of God.

2. Give each child a shoebox and have them cut a strip of construction paper to fit around the top of the shoebox. This will be the “belt of truth” in their armor.

3. Next, have the children decorate the outside of their shoebox with markers, stickers, and foam or paper shapes to represent the different pieces of the armor of God. For example, they can create a breastplate of righteousness, a shield of faith, a helmet of salvation, and a sword of the spirit.

4. Encourage the children to write or draw something on the inside of the shoebox lid that represents being prepared and ready to share the gospel, such as a Bible verse or a picture of them telling a friend about Jesus.

5. Once the shoeboxes are decorated, have the children put on their “armor of God” by fitting the shoebox lid onto their heads like a helmet and holding the shoebox with the belt of truth around their waist.

6. As the children are wearing their shoebox armor, lead them in a prayer to ask God to help them be ready and prepared to share the gospel with others.

7. Finally, have the children take home their shoebox armor as a visual reminder of the lesson and a craft that ties in with the message of “The Shoes of Readiness” in the armor of God.


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