YEAH! Church - Sunday, July 3, 2022
"Doing Life with Jesus”
Today’s Lesson - “Jesus Sends the Holy Spirit”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMQKy1Mx49M (Saddleback Kids – God Sends the Holy Spirit)
The Holy Spirit Comes
Acts 2:1-18, NLT
“On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. 3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. 4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.
5 At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. 6 When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers.
7 They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, 8 and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages! 9 Here we are—Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia, 10 Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the areas of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism), Cretans, and Arabs. And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!” 12 They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other. 13 But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!”
14 Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. 15 These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. 16 No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel: 17 ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. 18 In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike—and they will prophesy.”
Right before Jesus had gone back to heaven, he had told his followers that they should wait in Jerusalem until they received God’s special gift—the Holy Spirit. God, the Holy Spirit, was going to come and live in each person who believed in God, Jesus, who had returned to heaven to be with God, the Father. That’s right…there’s only One God, but three persons. If that confuses you, don’t worry…it confuses adults too.
And when the Holy Spirit showed up, God made sure that it was a big deal…he didn’t just sneak him in. Jesus’ followers heard a noise that sounded like a terrible windstorm, little flames of fire appeared over their heads and then they began telling others about the amazing things God had done, but in languages they hadn’t known before. Everyone in the vicinity got to hear the good news in their own language and Peter explained that what was happening had been predicted long ago by the prophet Joel. The Holy Spirit had come and now lived in Jesus’ followers!
• When Jesus told his followers that he was leaving, they were all very sad. He told them not to be because he had a gift for them and they were to wait in Jerusalem until it arrived. What was the gift?
• When the Holy Spirit came, some pretty amazing things happened. What did the believers experience when the Holy Spirit showed up?
• Jesus’ followers began speaking languages they didn’t know. How could they do that? Why do you think God gave them this ability?
• Peter, one of Jesus’ apostles, explained to the crowd what was happening. What was happening?
John 16:13, NLT – “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.”
2022 Theme verses:
Colossians 2:6-7, NLT – “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”
Prayer – Dear God, thank you that we have the Holy Spirit’s help to serve you and to become more like Jesus. Thank you that the Holy Spirit will come and live in anyone who decides to become a follower of Jesus. It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, a girl or a boy, you have promised that the Holy Spirit will help us and to give us the ability to serve you!
~ Pastor Jane
In addition to being a church minister, Pastor Jane is also a trained teacher and has many years of experience working with children in churches, camps, daycares and schools. Parents' Corner is provided to give parents and caregivers support especially as pertains to mental health and related topics.
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