Holy Spirit Power I

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TEACHER’S DEVOTIONAL: Sometimes as Believers we don’t realize there is more after having our sins forgiven. Sometimes we don’t realize that we’ve been and are being changed to be far better and greater than what we were before. Through the Blood of Jesus and Holy Spirit abiding in us we have the power to put off the old man (i.e. the body of sin, the flesh). 2 Corinthians 5:17 states “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” It is the fruit of the Spirit …Godly character, traits, and personality that is being manifested in us and through us by the indwelling and inner working of Holy Spirit. He (Holy Spirit) is the light that shines and penetrates the darkness (sin) inside our hearts and pushes it out. It is because of Holy Spirit that as we look into the mirror overtime the reflection of the heart we see is not what it once was. We’ve been changed and what we now see is a new person with a new heart (i.e. clean character, traits, and personality). Our spiritual surgery (i.e. heart transplant) has given us a righteous heart filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We are now able to move, walk, and operate in love towards people and in situations which we couldn’t deal with before. Let’s thank our Surgeon (Holy Spirit) …for greater is He that is in us than He that is in the world.

Read Romans 8:2-6 and thank God that through Jesus Christ we have God the Holy Spirit living in and working on the inside of us. His light is shining.

 

THE MODULE GOALS FOR THE CHILDREN ARE:

  • 1) Understand that God the Holy Spirit is a person.
  • 2) Understand that Holy Spirit has a character (personality), and feelings.
  • 3) Understand that God the Holy Spirit lives in each of them to help them have His character.

 

NEEDED SUPPLIES:

  • 1) Bible Verse Arsenal – Lesson 6 Holy Spirit Power – Part 1
  • 2) An extremely large piece of cellophane or construction paper cut out in the shape of a person (to represent Holy Spirit)
  • 3) 8X11 sheets of red construction paper
  • 4) 8X11 sheets of plain white paper
  • 5) Crayons, markers, and pencils
  • 6) Scissors
  • 7) Glue
  • 8) Artificial/ plastic fruits (or pictures of fruits)
  • 9) A variety of rubber stamps (in geometric shapes or hearts, stars, and cross)

NOTE: It is recommended that images of large hearts be drawn on the red construction paper for cutting out or the large hearts be pre-cut for younger age children.

 

MODULE MEMORY VERSE: Galatians 5:22-23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

 

LESSON #1: FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

PRECEPT #1: The character and personality of Holy Spirit are the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit are also the same character and personality of God the Father and God the Son.

BIBLE VERSE: Galatians 5:22-23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

BIBLE VERSE INTERPRETATION:

BIBLE VERSE INTERPRETATION: Holy Spirit is the 3rd person of the Holy Trinity (Godhead); He is God the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is a person. He has a personality and character which is who He is and the way He acts. Remember Holy Spirit is invisible and we can’t see Him but we can feel His presence (NOTE: Blow air on your palms as a reminder of how we can feel Holy Spirit’s presence but we cannot see Him).

Using the artificial fruits as a prop continue on with the following: In the Bible Holy Spirit’s personality and character are called fruit and they are perfect. In life fruits like grapes, strawberries, bananas, oranges, and apples are good. They are tasty, they make juices we love to drink, and they have a lot of vitamins in them to keep each of us very healthy. In the same way the fruit of Holy Spirit (His personality and character) helps our hearts to be strong and healthy. Remember Holy Spirit lives in us and He is our Helper. All the fruit of Holy Spirit helps us to love and obey God.

ACTIVITY #1:

ACTIVITY #1: Read Galatians 5:22-23 and have the children repeat the Bible verses after you. Next list out each of the fruit of the Spirit and ask the children if they know what each of them mean (i.e. What is love?, What does it mean?, How does your heart feel when you love someone or something?, How does your heart feel when someone loves you?, etc.). While having an open discussion randomly select students to answer. Listen to their responses and give positive acknowledgement and clarification if needed (NOTE: When a response is given that is not pleasant and causes sadness in the child give supportive/ sympathetic feedback and encouragement).

ACTIVITY #2:

ACTIVITY #2: After the discussion of the fruit of Holy Spirit pass out the red sheets of construction paper (or the pre-cut hearts) the children. Next re-state Galatians 5:22-23. Then slowly and clearly tell the children the meaning of each of the fruit. After reviewing each fruit of the Spirit instruct the children to draw big hearts and cut them out. Next instruct the class to write on their hearts the fruit of the Spirit that they know or think they have because Holy Spirit lives in them (NOTE: Instruct the children to decorate their hearts with stickers, etc.).

During the activity walk around the class to observe their work. During this time clearly stress/ tell the children the following:

  • 1) The fruit of Holy Spirit are His personality and character.
  • 2) Holy Spirit lives in us and He is our Helper.
  • 3) The fruit of the Spirit helps us to do good.
  • 4) The fruit of the Spirit helps us to be strong and healthy.
  • 5) The fruit of Holy Spirit helps our hearts.

ACTIVITY #3 (OBJECT LESSON):

ACTIVITY #3 (OBJECT LESSON): Tape your large cellophane or construction paper cut out of Holy Spirit to the wall (or any flat surface such as a black board or dry erase board). Explain to the children that the cut-out represents Holy Spirit. Next re-state the 9 fruit of the Spirit and have the children repeat each of the fruits after you. Depending on the size and age group of the children, have each child stand up (or come before the class) and tell what fruit(s) of the Spirit they think they have and why. After the child presents have the entire class give an applause. Next assist the child in taping (or gluing) their heart on the chest of the cut-out which represent Holy Spirit.

After all the children have presented and taped (or glued) their hearts on the cut out tell the children that because Holy Spirit lives (abides) in each of them they have all the fruit of the Spirit in their hearts. Close by restating the 5 points on the fruit of the Spirit from Activity #2 above.

NOTE: Keep the cut out of Holy Spirit with the hearts taped (or glued) on it. The cut out will be used again in the activity for Lesson 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

WRAP UP:

WRAP UP: Restate precept #1 – The character and personality of Holy Spirit are the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit are also the same character and personality of God the Father and God the Son.

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: GRIEVING HOLY SPIRIT

PRECEPT #2: We grieve Holy Spirit and make Him sad or mad when we don’t listen to Him and follow His directions.

BIBLE VERSE: Ephesians 4:30 – And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom your were sealed for the day of redemption.

BIBLE VERSE INTERPRETATION:

BIBLE VERSE INTERPRETATION: God the Holy Spirit lives in each of us. He is in each of our hearts forever. When we accepted Jesus all our sins were forgiven and Holy Spirit came to us. Holy Spirit came into each of our hearts to give us strength and power to overcome (defeat) sin.

Everything that is good (the fruit of the Spirit) is already in us because Holy Spirit lives in us. Remember Holy Spirit is our Helper, Counselor, Reminder, Advocate, etc. (NOTE: Use the hand & body motions/ symbols you developed in Lesson 5 (God the Holy Spirit) to remind the kids of Holy Spirit’s activities).

Sometimes it gets hard for us to do right and good but it is never hard for Holy Spirit. Since He lives in our hearts Holy Spirit will help us by giving us strength to do right. Holy Spirit will speak to us and we’ll hear Him in our mind and feel Him touching our hearts (NOTE: Point to your head and your heart when stating these two points). Holy Spirit will always help us. Even when it seems like we don’t want to do right and good Holy Spirit will always do His very best to make us hear Him.

John 10:27 says “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them and they follow Me.” Jesus is telling us that we hear Him when He talks to us. He says this because He knows Holy Spirit lives in us and talks to us. Each of us can hear and feel Holy Spirit. Jesus also tells us that He knows each of us and that we follow (obey) Him. Remember to love God is to obey God; to obey God is to love God. Jesus expects each of us to obey God because we believe in Him.

Each of us has to make a choice on our own to obey; this is called free will. We have to make the choice all by ourselves no one can make it for us. Each of us has to decide if we’re going to obey when Holy Spirit tells us to do or not do something. Ephesians 4:30 tells us “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” We grieve Holy Spirit when we make the choice not to listen to (disobey) Him. When we decide to disobey Holy Spirit this grieves Him. Grieve means hurt, sad and/ or mad.

NOTE: Have the children energetically repeat each statement after you:

  • 1) “To love God is to obey God; to obey God is to love God!”
  • 2) “I was made to glorify God!”
  • 3) “I am a child of the King!”
  • 4) “I glorify God by listening and obeying Holy Spirit!”
  • 5) “God is pleased with me!”

The Bible verse also tells us that we are sealed by Holy Spirit. This means that Holy Spirit has put His stamp on us. Holy Spirit’s stamp is His light that shines in us and through us. Holy Spirit is our Forever Friend. He always wants to help us and never hurt us. Let’s always listen to Holy Spirit so we can be blessed.

ACTIVITY #1:

ACTIVITY #1: Pass out white sheets of paper to the kids. Have them draw pictures of themselves (NOTE: The drawing could be their full body, face, outline of their hand, etc.). After the kids have completed their drawing pass out the rubber stamps and instruct the children to stamp all over their drawing. Next instruct the children to take their hands and wipe off the stamp marks. After the children have made attempts to wipe the stamp marks off their pictures randomly select a few students as ask if they were able to wipe off the marks. Listen to their responses and give positive acknowledgement.

Close by stating that Jesus tells us that we are sealed with Holy Spirit. A seal is like a stamp that can never be removed. Holy Spirit lives in us. Holy Spirit is our Helper and helps us obey God. He is our Forever Friend.

Next discus the topic of disobedience with the children. Ask the children:

  • 1) What is means to “not listen” and “disobey”?
  • 2) What happens when they don’t listen and disobey?
  • 3) How does their heart feel when they don’t listen and disobey?

As an activity icebreaker share 1 or 2 age appropriate example(s) of how you (the teacher) disobeyed when Holy Spirit had spoken to you; remember to share the outcome of your disobedience. Next randomly select a few students to give answers. Listen to their responses and give positive acknowledgement/ encouragement and clarification if needed.

Close the activity by restating that Holy Spirit is our Helper and helps us obey God. It is good to always listen to Him. We are sealed with Holy Spirit. He is our Forever Friend and will never leave us.

WRAP UP (THE OVERALL MODULE TAKE AWAY):

WRAP UP (THE OVERALL MODULE TAKE AWAY): The Holy Spirit is a person and the fruit of the Spirit are His character and personality. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The fruit of the Spirit are good and helps us obey and love 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!

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