Christian Churches of God
Being Filled with the
(Edition 2.0 20060604-20060604-20070520)
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4). It is through God’s Holy Spirit that we become sons of God from the resurrection.
Being Filled with the Holy Spirit
To review the Plan of Salvation with special emphasis on Pentecost and the Holy Spirit being delivered to the Church in 30 CE.
1. Children will identify which is the second harvest of God and what it pictures.
2. Children will identify how many days there are between Wave Sheaf and Pentecost.
3. Children will identify what the Holy Spirit is and what it does.
4. Children will identify what sin is and how it negatively impacts the Holy Spirit.
Genesis 3; Acts 2.
Acts 5:32; Luke 1:35
1) Begin with short review of the Plan of Salvation, with Adam and Eve being created perfect and learning of God’s Laws and living His way.
2) Ask the children to describe what the serpent did. If necessary, parent/teacher can add details that the child might have left out, or have older children take turns reading Genesis 3:1-24. Ensure that the aspects of how the serpent tried to deceive Eve are covered. Have each child pick out which colour balloon they want.
3) Give them a small cup of liquid Kool-Aid or soda. Have at least two choices available. Using the funnel, partially fill the balloon with the Kool-Aid or soda. Tie each balloon with a twist-tie. (Try to prevent the kids from using them as “water balloons”.)
4) Discuss how a balloon should be able to act, float and move. Point out how their balloon is just sitting there being heavy. Attempt to have the children blow their soda-inflated balloon; make the correlation of how difficult it is to move the balloon. Review and list why the kids picked the colour of the balloon and soda they chose. Review how Eve saw the fruit and wanted it and thought it was good for her. But what happened when she and Adam ate of the fruit? Did the children rely on the colour or taste to determine what they wanted? Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that: the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? We should always rely only on God and His Law to know what is right or wrong.
5) Read Genesis 3:17-24 again and emphasize how our actions affect not only us but also our families and sometimes the planet.
6) Verse 17: Earth cursed.
7) Verse 21: The Lord clothed Adam and Eve with animal skins.
8) Verse 24: Adam and Eve driven out of Garden of Eden due to sin, and life was forever different for all.
9) After Adam and Eve, all experienced the pain and hurt from sinning. Have children list times they have gotten in trouble, how it felt, and what were the consequences.
10) Adam and Eve repented and changed how they were going to do things. Empty the contents of the balloons with the Kool-Aid or soda down the drain. Shake out as much moisture as possible.
11) Read Acts 2:1-47 and if children are old enough have them pick out key Scriptures such as verses 1-4, 15, 38, 41. Review how sometimes in Scripture the Holy Sprit is shown as wind. Can you see the wind? Is it powerful? (i.e. tornados, windmills). Blow up the child’s balloon and describe how the balloon can now float freely, then have the children blow the balloon to move it.
12) Discuss how sin weighs us down like the soda balloon or kills us. Show how in Exodus 32:24-28, 3,000 died in one day due to their rebellion or breaking God’s Laws, versus how, in Acts 2:41, 3,000 were added to the Church in one day.
13) Discuss what happened on Pentecost day, and what it pictures in the Plan of God.
Lesson/Activity: Fruits of the Spirit or Gifts of the Spirit
1) Read the paper What is the Holy Spirit? (CB3). Where possible have the older children take turns reading. If the children appear restless, break up some of the reading by starting the review of the fruits or gifts of the Holy Spirit.
2) Read Fruits of the Holy Spirit:
3) Galatians 5:22-26: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. (New International Version)
4) Galatians 5:22-26 God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, 23 gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways. 24 And because we belong to Christ Jesus, we have killed our selfish feelings and desires. 25 God's Spirit has given us life, and so we should follow the Spirit. 26 But don't be conceited or make others jealous by claiming to be better than they are. (Contemporary English Version)
5) Love is the main fruit (1Corinthians 13:13) but it all starts with truth (John 17:17). Review each “Fruit of the Spirit” separately and have the children give a personal example of someone who demonstrated that fruit of the Spirit or a reference from Scripture when the identified fruit of the Spirit was demonstrated.
1) Read the gifts of the Holy Spirit:
2) 1Corinthians 12:7-13: Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines. 12 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptised by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. (NIV)
4) Review the gifts of the Holy Spirit and have the children again list examples of how they may have seen or read about the gifts of God’s Holy Spirit being used.
5) Prior to the lesson have pieces of fruit at least 4”x 6” cut out of construction paper; one piece of fruit for each fruit of the Spirit. Cut out nine “boxes” at least 4”x 6” that will represent the gifts of the Spirit. Write each gift of the Spirit and each fruit of the spirit on a 3”x 5” card. Using two sheets of tagboard, label one board Fruits of the Spirit and the other board Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Children are divided into two teams. The construction paper cut-outs of fruit and gifts are located at the start line area with the two pieces of tagboard. Children race to pick up a 3”x 5” card and return to their team. The team discusses if the card is a gift or fruit. The card is then glued onto the corresponding construction paper cut-outs of fruit or gifts and then mounted on the correct piece of tagboard.
1. Ask child to list what they learned about the Holy Spirit.
2. Ask a closing prayer.