God The Holy Spirit

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TEACHER’S DEVOTIONAL: Keepsakes. Many of us have them …inanimate objects such as jewelry, pictures, and other items that bring memories of loved ones no longer with us or of special events and periods in our lives. These memories bring back deep emotions of love, joy, happiness, and sometimes a bit of sorrow over who or what has passed. It is because of the memories and emotions that we hold these objects so tightly. They’re truly precious to us and if anyone were to ask the price of our keepsake we’d quickly respond “Priceless.”

In the same way you are Holy Spirit’s keepsake. He keeps you for the sake of God. He keeps you for the sake of the Blood. He keeps you for Love’s sake! You are precious to Him! Jesus paid the price with His blood to buy you, revive you, restore you, and bring you back into right relationship with Father God. He sent Holy Spirit to keep you all for Love’s sake. Do you know that you are the Father’s joy and the apple of His eye? Holy Spirit’s deep desire is to keep you in perfect peace. He grieves when there is disharmony in your relationship with the Father. Holy Spirit wants to keep you in a place of holiness, a place of goodness, and a place of freedom …all for Love’s sake.

Do you know Him? Do you acknowledge Holy Spirit? Have you communed with Him? It’s never too late to get to know Him. Holy Spirit is power. He is the special source of light that Jesus Christ Himself put into you! A light that will convict you, guide you, help you, comfort you, remind you, and fight for you! He is your Forever Friend and He’ll never leave you!

Read Titus 3:3-7 and take the opportunity to get to know Holy Spirit a little more …He’s waiting.

THE MODULE GOALS FOR THE CHILDREN ARE:

  • 1) Understand that Holy Spirit is God and the 3rd person of the Holy Trinity (Godhead).
  • 2) Understand that Holy Spirit was sent my Jesus (God the Son) to all Believers.
  • 3) Understand that Holy Spirit is their Helper and Forever Friend who will never leave them.

 

NEEDED SUPPLIES:

  • 3) Paper towels
  • 4) Pictures (or props) of the the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4)
  • NOTE: The pictures and/or props can be self made
  • 5) Construction paper
  • 6) Red, orange, and yellow shredded tissue paper
  • 7) Glue

 

MODULE MEMORY VERSE: 1 John 5:7-8 – “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”

LESSON #1: A SPECIAL PERSON

PRECEPT #1: Holy Spirit is a person. He is the Spirit of God. He is God.

BIBLE VERSE: 1 John 5:7-8 – For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

BIBLE VERSE INTERPRETATION:

BIBLE VERSE INTERPRETATION: Holy Spirit is the 3rd person of the Holy Trinity (Godhead). He is the Spirit of God. We can’t see Holy Spirit because He is invisible, but we can feel His presence.

Holy Spirit is a person and thinks just like you and me. Holy Spirit is a person and has feelings just like you and me. Holy Spirit is a person and has a personality and character just like you and me. Holy Spirit has all of these characteristics (attributes) because He is a person.

Holy Spirit is everything that God the Father and God the Son is because He is God. Holy Spirit knows all things and He gives us power to love and obey God.

ACTIVITY #1 (OBJECT LESSON):

ACTIVITY #1 (OBJECT LESSON): Restate to the children that Holy Spirit is invisible and explain that we cannot see Him because He is a spirit but we can feel His presence. Next, demonstrate this by asking the children to raise their right hand and shake it out. Then have the kids stick out their raised hands with palms open wide. Next, pour a small amount of the hand sanitizer into the palms of their hands (NOTE: Make sure to instruct the kids not to rub their hands together or close their palms). After you’ve given hand sanitizer to all of the children ask them to quickly rub their hands together.

Next, instruct the children to wave their hands. As they do this ask them what they feel (NOTE: They should state that they felt the coolness of the wind on their hands, etc.). Next, instruct the kids to look at there hands and tell you what they see in it (NOTE: They should state there is nothing in their hands). Relay to the children that this is what Holy Spirit is like. He is a spirit so we can’t see Him, but we can always feel His presence.

NOTE: If using the rubbing alcohol for the demonstration, pour it into a cup (or small bowl). Rather than instructing the children to open their palms instruct them to cup their hands. Next, take a teaspoon and put a small amount of rubbing alcohol into their cupped hands and proceed with the demonstration as stated above.

ACTIVITY #2 (OBJECT LESSON):

ACTIVITY #2 (OBJECT LESSON): Instruct the children to put one of their hands in front of their mouth with their open palm facing their mouth but not touching their mouth. Next, instruct the children to blow air on the palm of their hands. After they’ve finished blowing air on their palms ask them what they felt (NOTE: They should state that they felt the air pushing on/ hitting the palm of their hand). Again relay to the kids that this is what Holy Spirit is like. He is a spirit so we can’t see Him but we can always feel His presence.

Close the object lesson by stating Holy Spirit is God. He is the Spirit of God. Because Holy Spirit is a spirit we cannot see Him but we can feel His presence. John 3:8 tells us that “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but you cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Let’s learn what it means to be born of the Holy Spirit.

WRAP UP:

WRAP UP: Restate precept #1 - Holy Spirit is a person. He is the Spirit of God. He is God.

CONCLUSION (THE BIG PICTURE):

CONCLUSION (THE BIG PICTURE): Conclude by telling the children the Good News: We all make mistakes and do wrong and bad sometimes. When we do wrong and bad it is called sin. Sin is disobedience to God. We all sin. Sin separates us from God. God the Son (Jesus) came to save us from sin. Jesus Christ is our Savior.

The Bible says “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). This means that if you A) admit that you are a sinner because you have done wrong and bad; B) believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He came to earth, died on the cross, and came back to life to take away all of your sins; C) confess that Jesus is Lord and ask Him to come into your life; Jesus will come just like you ask!

Jesus Christ (God the Son) will come into your life and cover you with His love! Jesus will take away all your sins and you will be forgiven! He will love you and never stop loving you! He will never leave you! Jesus will send God the Holy Spirit to live in your heart. Holy Spirit will help you and fight for you! Holy Spirit will show you how to obey God. Holy Spirit will give you power to overcome (defeat) sin. Holy Spirit will help you spread God’s love to others! You will be in a relationship with God and you will never be separated from God again!

LESSON #2: SENT BY JESUS

PRECEPT #2: The moment we believed and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior Holy Spirit comes into our hearts to live.

SCRIPTURE READING: John 14:16-18 — And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever — the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

SCRIPTURE INTERPRETATION:

SCRIPTURE INTERPRETATION: Before Jesus died on the cross He promised us that He would send Holy Spirit to be with us so we wouldn’t be alone without Him. Jesus said that Holy Spirit would be our Helper and He is. Holy Spirit is also our Forever Friend because Jesus said that Holy Spirit would abide (live with, remain, stay) with each of us forever. Forever means always/ never ending.

1 Corinthians 6:19 tells us “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” This Bible verse is telling us that Holy Spirit lives in each of us. God put His Holy Spirit in each of us. Holy Spirit lives and works in each of our hearts. He is our Forever Friend.

The moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and ask Jesus to come into our hearts two things happen right away – first we are forgiven of all our sins and second Holy Spirit comes into our hearts to live there forever. Holy Spirit indwells (lives) in you and me. If we look at John 14:17 God tells us that Holy Spirit “dwells with you and will be in you”. Holy Spirit lives in us to help us love and obey God. Remember to love God is to obey God; to obey God is to love God.

NOTE: Have the children loudly repeat the following after you:

  • 1) “Holy Spirit is my Helper!”
  • 2) “Holy Spirit lives in me!”
  • 3) “Holy Spirit is my Forever Friend and forever never ends!”

WRAP UP:

WRAP UP: Restate precept #2 – The moment we believed and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior Holy Spirit comes into our hearts to live.

CONCLUSION (THE BIG PICTURE):

CONCLUSION (THE BIG PICTURE): Conclude by telling the children the Good News: We all make mistakes and do wrong and bad sometimes. When we do wrong and bad it is called sin. Sin is disobedience to God. We all sin. Sin separates us from God. God the Son (Jesus) came to save us from sin. Jesus Christ is our Savior.

The Bible says “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). This means that if you A) admit that you are a sinner because you have done wrong and bad; B) believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He came to earth, died on the cross, and came back to life to take away all of your sins; C) confess that Jesus is Lord and ask Him to come into your life; Jesus will come just like you ask!

Jesus Christ (God the Son) will come into your life and cover you with His love! Jesus will take away all your sins and you will be forgiven! He will love you and never stop loving you! He will never leave you! Jesus will send God the Holy Spirit to live in your heart. Holy Spirit will help you and fight for you! Holy Spirit will show you how to obey God. Holy Spirit will give you power to overcome (defeat) sin. Holy Spirit will help you spread God’s love to others! You will be in a relationship with God and you will never be separated from God again!

 

LESSON #3: COMING OF HOLY SPIRIT

PRECEPT #3: Holy Spirit comes to everyone who believes in Jesus and accepts Him as their Lord and Savior.

NOTE: Prior to reading the scripture state to the children that Jesus promised that Holy Spirit would come to all Believers after He (Jesus) went back to heaven. Next, ask the children if they know how Holy Spirit came. Randomly select a few students to answer. Listen to their responses and give positive acknowledgement. Next instruct the kids to open their Bibles to Acts 2:1-4.

SCRIPTURE READING: Acts 2:1-4 – When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

SCRIPTURE INTERPRETATION:

SCRIPTURE INTERPRETATION: When Holy Spirit first came to earth it was during a special season called Pentecost. Many people had gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate this day. The Believers (people who believed in Jesus) had gathered together in an house to praise and worship God. As they praised and worshipped Holy Spirit came upon each of them.

ACTIVITY #1:

ACTIVITY #1: Next using your pictures or props of the Day of Pentecost theatrically re-tell the passage of how Holy Spirit came like fiery tongues and fell upon the Believers (NOTE: In closing of the re-telling make sure to stress the 4 points below). When completed restate the 4 points and have the children repeat each point after you.

  • 1) “Jesus kept His promise to send God the Holy Spirit.”
  • 2) “God the Holy Spirit is our Helper.”
  • 3) “God the Holy Spirit lives in each of us and we are not alone.”
  • 4) “God the Holy Spirit will never leave us.”

ACTIVITY #2:

ACTIVITY #2: Instruct the children to imagine what it would have been like to be there that night in the house with the Believers. Listen to their responses and give positive acknowledgement and feedback.

Next, pass out the construction paper and instruct the children to draw a picture/ scene of when Holy Spirit came upon the Believers like fiery tongues. Tell the kids to include themselves in the picture worshiping and praying with the Believers or to create a picture of themselves in the house praying and the Holy Spirit falling on them.

While the kids are drawing their pictures pass out scraps of red, yellow, and orange shredded tissue paper. Relay to the children that the tissue paper represents flames. Instruct the children to use the tissue paper for the fiery tongues to show Holy Spirit. Assist them in gluing the tissue paper to make the flames appear 3 dimensional. Remember to stress that Holy Spirit came like fire; however He is a person and He is not fire.

NOTE: If working with younger children assist them in drawing a large circle on their sheet of construction paper. Next re-state to the kids that Holy Spirit came like fire. Lastly, assist them in gluing the tissue paper on top of the circle in order to make a flame.

WRAP UP:

WRAP UP: Restate precept #3 - Holy Spirit comes to everyone who believes in Jesus and accepts Him as their Lord and Savior.

CONCLUSION (THE BIG PICTURE):

CONCLUSION (THE BIG PICTURE): Conclude by telling the children the Good News: We all make mistakes and do wrong and bad sometimes. When we do wrong and bad it is called sin. Sin is disobedience to God. We all sin. Sin separates us from God. God the Son (Jesus) came to save us from sin. Jesus Christ is our Savior.

The Bible says “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). This means that if you A) admit that you are a sinner because you have done wrong and bad; B) believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He came to earth, died on the cross, and came back to life to take away all of your sins; C) confess that Jesus is Lord and ask Him to come into your life; Jesus will come just like you ask!

Jesus Christ (God the Son) will come into your life and cover you with His love! Jesus will take away all your sins and you will be forgiven! He will love you and never stop loving you! He will never leave you! Jesus will send God the Holy Spirit to live in your heart. Holy Spirit will help you and fight for you! Holy Spirit will show you how to obey God. Holy Spirit will give you power to overcome (defeat) sin. Holy Spirit will help you spread God’s love to others! You will be in a relationship with God and you will never be separated from God again!

LESSON #4: HOLY SPIRIT HELPS YOU

PRECEPT #4: Holy Spirit is a person. He is our Helper and shows (convicts) us when we sin (do bad/ wrong, disobey, offense).

BIBLE VERSE: John 14:26 – But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

BIBLE VERSE INTERPRETATION:

BIBLE VERSE INTERPRETATION: When Jesus was on earth He taught us and showed us how to love God, ourselves, and others by all the things He said and did. Right before Jesus went back to heaven He sent Holy Spirit to us (people who believe in Him and accept Him as their Lord and Savior).

Jesus said that Holy Spirit would be our Helper and that Holy Spirit would abide (live with, remain, stay) with each of us forever. Jesus also told us that Holy Spirit would do many things for us and would be many things to us.

1) Holy Spirit is our Helper.

  • A helper helps you. Holy Spirit helps us do right; He helps us to love and obey God. Remember to love God is to obey God; to obey God is to love God.

2) Holy Spirit is our Teacher.

  • A teacher explains new things to us so we can learn. Holy Spirit teaches us good things.

3) Holy Spirit is our Comforter.

  • A comforter cares for us and makes us free better. Holy Spirit comforts us.

4) Holy Spirit is our Convicter.

  • To convict means to show (expose) wrong. Holy Spirit shows us (makes us see) our sin when you do bad/ wrong (cause an offense).

5) Holy Spirit is our Reminder.

  • A reminder makes us remember things we’ve forgotten. Holy Spirit reminds us (puts in our mind) all the things Jesus taught us about loving and obeying God. Holy Spirit also reminds us to love ourselves and others.

6) Holy Spirit is our Counselor.

  • A counselor advises us. Holy Spirit will tell us the best decision to make and the best path to take.

7) Holy Spirit is our Advocate.

  • An advocate defends us. Holy Spirit defends us and fights for us.

Holy Spirit does all these things because He loves us. Holy Spirit shows us grace. Remember there are 2 meanings for grace. We learned about the first meaning of grace when we learned about Jesus and sin. We learned that Jesus showed us grace when we died on the cross to take away our sins; that grace means kindness (unmerited favor, free gift).

Now we’re learning about Holy Spirit. We’re learning that Holy Spirit lives in us and helps us; Holy Spirit also shows us grace. This grace that Holy Spirit shows us means godly effect (influence) on our hearts. This means Holy Spirit will help our hearts to change into new hearts that will look more like God’s heart. Holy Spirit will make us (our hearts) want to and start to do right/ good and not wrong/ bad. We will start loving and obeying God more and more. This is why God the Holy Spirit lives in us. In 2 Corinthians 12:19 Jesus tells us “My grace is sufficient for you”. Jesus is saying that Holy Spirit is all we need to help & teach us how to love and obey God (TEACHER’S NOTE: Strong’s Greek 5485 defines grace as “divine influence on the heart”).

Have the children energetically repeat each of the following statements after you:

  • 1) “The grace of God!”
  • 2) “I have been chosen!”
  • 3) “God loves me!”
  • 4) “Jesus saved me!”
  • 5) “Holy Spirit helps me!”
  • 6) “God changes me!”

ACTIVITY #1

ACTIVITY #1: Prior to teaching this exercise create hand symbols, hand motions or body poses that best represents:

  • 1) Helper
  • 2) Teacher
  • 3) Comforter
  • 4) Convicter
  • 5) Reminder
  • 6) Counselor
  • 7) Advocate

EXAMPLE: To symbolize Advocate put up your fists like a boxer, to symbolize Reminder tap temple of your head with your index finger, etc.

Next review each of the activities Holy Spirit performs and restate the meaning of each (i.e. a helper helps). Follow-up by teaching the children the created hand symbols, hand motions or body poses related to each of the activities. Then have the kids state the activity and “strike a pose” with the hand symbols, hand motions or body poses. Lastly have the kids loudly state the meaning of each activity (i.e. a teacher explains, etc.). Remember to make the exercise fun and energetic.

(OPTIONAL) ACTIVITY #2:

(OPTIONAL) ACTIVITY #2: If time permits teach the kids a wonderful praise song (or part of it) that expresses who Holy Spirit is and His love for us. If possible make copies of the lyrics prior to the lesson and hand it out to the children to take home. Find a song that you feel will work best for your kids, their age group, culture, etc.

  WRAP UP (THE OVERALL MODULE TAKE AWAY):

WRAP UP (THE OVERALL MODULE TAKE AWAY): God the Holy Spirit is your Helper and lives in you. He shows you grace. Holy Spirit will help you and give you power to love and obey God. Holy Spirit is your Forever Friend; He will never leave you.

CONCLUSION (THE BIG PICTURE):

CONCLUSION (THE BIG PICTURE): Conclude by telling the children the Good News: We all make mistakes and do wrong and bad sometimes. When we do wrong and bad it is called sin. Sin is disobedience to God. We all sin. Sin separates us from God. God the Son (Jesus) came to save us from sin. Jesus Christ is our Savior.

The Bible says “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). This means that if you A) admit that you are a sinner because you have done wrong and bad; B) believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He came to earth, died on the cross, and came back to life to take away all of your sins; C) confess that Jesus is Lord and ask Him to come into your life; Jesus will come just like you ask!

Jesus Christ (God the Son) will come into your life and cover you with His love! Jesus will take away all your sins and you will be forgiven! He will love you and never stop loving you! He will never leave you! Jesus will send God the Holy Spirit to live in your heart. Holy Spirit will help you and fight for you! Holy Spirit will show you how to obey God. Holy Spirit will give you power to overcome (defeat) sin. Holy Spirit will help you spread God’s love to others! You will be in a relationship with God and you will never be separated from God again!

 

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