DiscipleTown uses a creative and adaptable town theme to teach practical "Disciple Skills." It is published by the creators of DiscipleLand, the most comprehensive children's Bible curriculum on the market. DiscipleTown teaches DiscipleSkills -— practical skills that every follower of Jesus Christ must develop in order to grow and live victoriously. The children's church format compliments DiscipleLand and/or your other ministries to kids. Learn more about DiscipleLand's Bible Curriculum at DiscipleLand.com.
Rather than providing a rigid plan to follow, you can quickly and easily modify DiscipleTown to fit your ministry needs. There is more than enough material for a full length service, but you can also choose only the elements you'd like to use. By design, DiscipleTown is packed with ideas so you'll never be left needing to supplement the lesson, but its flexibility allows you to add your own unique teaching elements.
What is our goal for our children? That they come to know Jesus as their Savior? Of course. But what then? If salvation were our only goal, children might as well go straight to heaven upon accepting Christ. But the reality is, they have an entire life ahead of them. Children, just like adults, are living in a spiritual battlefield and need to be equipped to live victoriously. Too often we tend to focus on helping children know how to behave — as if a child's behavior depended entirely on human effort. What children need is to be trained in how to claim spiritual victory in Christ Jesus.
Lesson 1: My Battle
When it comes to spiritual warfare, kids might assume that the enemy attacks only adults. But children need to understand that Satan wants to stop them from living for God, too. Christians who want to walk victoriously can expect opposition. Encourage your children with the truth that they can be mighty warriors for the Lord. Satan cannot stop them when they rely on God's power. Let them know that God has given them spiritual armor, and it starts with the helmet of salvation — which not only means we are children of God, but that God starts to change the way we think by renewing our minds to help us think the way God wants us to. As we think godly thoughts, we start to live more victoriously!
Lesson 2: My Training
As any athlete or soldier knows, victory only comes with training. When it comes to spiritual victory, Christians need training as well. Two of the pieces of spiritual armor, the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness, speak to our training — learning to know the truth and learning what is right — so that we can live righteously. Equipping children with these skills will enable kids to stand firm when they find themselves fighting spiritual battles and facing temptation in their lives.
Lesson 3: My Armor
The world talks much about "peace on earth," but as Christians we know that true peace is not the absence of conflict or problems but a quiet confidence in God in the midst of trials. That is why God says having our feet fitted with peace is an element of the armor of God, along with the shield of faith. When kids learn how to put their faith in God, they will have peace in their hearts and minds no matter what is going on in their lives. These defensive tools will help them to live victoriously, and we need to help kids learn to use them.
Lesson 4: My Weapons
There is a reason that only one of the six pieces of armor is for offense and the rest for defense. God wants us to rely on Him and let Him fight our battles while we stand firm. But there will be times we need to fight, and when we do, it will be with the Word of God, which is the sword of the Spirit. Our other weapon is prayer, which ultimately still calls on God to do amazing things on our behalf. Teaching children to use these two powerful weapons will help them to understand that no matter what, they are never defenseless as Christians. God is on their side, and He has given them everything they need to be victorious.