AGE APPROPRIATE: ELEMENTARY AGE (5-11yrs old)
BIG IDEA: I CAN LIVE IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
AIM: This lesson is part of the ‘Live Out Loud’ teaching series. This lesson provides an overview of the story of Peter and John healing the beggar.
1. ‘This is Living Now’ by Hillsong Young and Free
2. ‘Holy Spirit’ by Bethel Music
3. ‘Lean on You’ by Hillsong Kids
1. Waft the Fish. Create a fish out of paper for each player. Hand each player a curled up newspaper to waft their fish to the end of the line and back. The player that does it the fastest is the winning player.
2. Beat that Blow. Players compete to blow a ping pong ball with a straw to the end of a line and back. The first player to complete the challenge is the winner.
3. Inflate Deflate. Using an inflatable ball, have players compete to see who can inflate and deflate the ball the fastest. The player to complete the task first is the winner.
BIG VERSE: The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. Romans 8:11a.
SET the Scene:
You will need to set the scene by reading the passage about how Peter and John help and heal a man begging (Acts 3). If you also like to use videos to communicate the story here are a few ideas below:
1. Peter and John video: a fun video with eggs playing the main characters.
SPOT the Simple Meaning:
1. OBJECT LESSON: YOU HAVE THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN YOU
You will need accessibility to the Flash TV clip and you will want to share a personal story.
Say: Did you know that you have the Holy Spirit’s power within you? The Holy Spirit give us power to do God’s will. There are so many things that we can do as followers of Jesus throuhg the power of the Spirit. As we saw in our story, Peter and John were on their way tot he temple to pray when they saw the beggar unable to walk, and healed him. They told the people that it was not their power that healed the man.
And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk?
Peter knew that he couldn’t have done anything without the power of the Holy Spirit living in him. It wasn’t by how own power that he helped the man, but by the power of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity. We welcome him into our lives when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior. He is with us to help us live a life that honors Jesus. He helps us to do God’s will. If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior then you have the same Spirit living inside of you. All you have to do is ask him to work through you. When you do, you will begin to see amazing things take place!
2. OBJECT LESSON: THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVES ME EYES TO SEE AND EARS TO HEAR
You will need a Radio that can be tuned in.
Say: The bible tells us that we can live by the flesh; our own selves, our desires and our ambitions, or we can live by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16). When we live by the Spirit he will move through our lives and help to speak to, heal and help many other people. Sometimes we may not know who God wants us to speak to, or where He is leading us. We can pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us. The Holy Spirit will help us to hear and snese what he wants us to do.
I’ve got this radio here. Now, I can try and listen to something, but unless it is tuned in then it is going to sound horrible! [try tuning the radio in, highlighting what you mean]. Now, when I do eventually tune it in it will sound great! A radio needs to tune into the right signal to sound any good.
That’s the same with us and the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is doing so many amazing things throughout the world, and he wants to lead and guide us too (Romans 8:14), just as he led Jesus (Luke 4:1, Mark 1:12). However, if we are not tuned in to him, then we will be of no use at all! Peter and John were tuned in to what the Holy Spirit wanted to do. When they saw the man they knew that they had to help him, so that’s what they did. Are you tuned in to the Holy Spirit? When was the last time you heard God tell you to do something – or not to do something? He is sending signals (just like the radio does) all the time. Are you ignoring him, not bothering to tune in – or are you ready to hear what he has to say? Are you looking out for opportunities to help people?
3. OBJECT LESSON: ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN
Say: Peter and John were able to help the beggar because they were willing to stop. Even though they were on their way to pray in the temple, they stopped. Sometimes all we need to do to make a difference is to stop, look and listen. It means being available and being willing to be interrupted. Do you recognize this? (lollipop stick)
This stick is used to remind us to stop, look and listen when we cross a road. It keeps us and others safe. We can do the same thing. Throughout our day we can remember to stop, look, listen and pray. Is God speaking to us? Is there someone the Holy Spirit is saying we need to speak to? Is the Spirit telling us to do something we’ve never done before? Don’t be afraid to stop and listen. Imagine if Peter and John had simply kept on walking. It would have been so sad for the beggar. Yet when they listened to the Spirit and obeyed his call, they saw amazing things take place!
Why not try doing it today? Throughout your day remember to stop, look, listen and pray.
Stop. Stop focussing on other things and focus on God.
Look. Is there anyone that God wants me to speak to or do something for?
Listen. What is God saying?
Pray. Don’t do it alone – act on what God says.
Are there people living in your neighborhood that you walk past every day? Maybe you see them and haven’t thought to talk to them. Maybe there are kids in your neighborhood that God wants you to speak to or to share the gospel with. Simply tune into Him and ask Him, “Jesus, who do you want me to help today?”
SEARCH the Scriptures:
How does the bible say that the Holy Spirit will help us?
Have a number of different frisbees or balloons or sheets of paper around the room with each of these different ideas on them. The children must decide whether the Holy Spirit would do these things or not.
He will give us gifts: 1 Corinthians 12:8-10.
He will make sure there are no problems in life. [UNTRUE]
He will help us to bear good fruit: Galatians 6:22-23.
He will make everyone like us. [UNTRUE]
He will be our comforter: John 14:26.
He will help us to hate others. [UNTRUE]
He will help us know and live by the truth: John 16:13.
He will lead us the wrong way in life. [UNTRUE]
He will pray on our behalf: Romans 8:26-28
Say: The Holy Spirit will help us to do so much more than we can think or imagine, we just have to be willing to let him.
SENSE How You Feel:
To help children think about how they would have felt to have been Peter as they stopped, looked and listened have children play a fun game (one of your choosing) and half way through interrupt them and explain that someone needs some help. Is there anyone that is willing to do something to help? If anyone is willing, allow them to get involved with helping whilst the others carry on.
When the game and helping is finished ask the children these questions:
- Why did/didn’t you help?
- How did it feel to have been interrupted in what you were doing?
- How did it feel to help someone? (to the person/people that helped)
- Do you think it is worth being interrupted when you get to help someone?
Remind the children that God wants us to be open to interruptions. He wants us to be available to others.
Take some time to allow the children to listen to God. What is He calling them to do? Is there someone that He wants them to speak to? Someone he wants them to do something for? You may want to ask them this direct question:
Is God asking you to speak, encourage or help someone in your neighborhood today?
To help them respond simply put on the ‘This is Living Now’ acoustic version or ‘Holy Spirit’ by Bethel and give the children space to hear from God. You may want to ask the children afterwards if they felt God say anything to them.