The Holy Spirit Came
This week begins an important shift in God’s unfolding plan in Scripture. Two weeks ago, we jumped into Acts; and for the next several weeks, we will begin walking through Acts as we witness the start of the church.
Throughout Jesus’ life and ministry, He had promised that He would go away and send a Helper. Jesus said this would be to our advantage. Through the Holy Spirit, we see who God is, who we are and what we have done, and how God provided a way for us to be reconciled. Through the Holy Spirit’s power, then, we are made new creations in Christ.
It can be hard to teach the Holy Spirit to children, especially young children. It is important, though, to begin teaching preschoolers and kids that our power to live for Jesus comes from the Holy Spirit.
When Jesus ascended to heaven after His resurrection, He instructed the disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come upon them.
After the Holy Spirit came, the disciples told people about God’s plan in a miraculous way. The Holy Spirit helped Peter teach: Jesus is the Messiah; Jesus was killed, but He is alive! (See Acts 2:22-36.) The Holy Spirit convicted the crowd and they asked, “Brothers, what must we do?” Peter told them to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus (Acts 2:37-38). That day, three thousand people received salvation!
God kept His promise to send the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit’s help, Jesus’ disciples could share the gospel “in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
God gives the Holy Spirit to those who trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. As you teach kids, emphasize that the Holy Spirit gives us power to do God’s work, and He changes us to be more like Jesus. Be sure to help kids understand that the power of the Holy Spirit is in them, if they have believed in and follow Jesus. God wants to use them in amazing ways. He can and will help them live lives that honor God, not because of who they are or what they have done, but because of who He is.
Here is more help for leaders preparing for the December 3, 2017 session (Unit 28, Session 1) of The Gospel Project for Kids.
Jeremy Carroll (@jermpc) is the team leader for The Gospel Project for Kids. Before coming to LifeWay, he has been active in local church ministry for nearly 20 years in TN, TX, and AL. Jeremy earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. A Middle Tennessee native, he and his family live in Murfreesboro, TN.