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.