Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Pentecost Sunday School Lesson - The Power of the Holy Spirit

Use this Pentecost Sunday School lesson to teach about Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Needed: a volunteer to play Peter (you can do this if you want)

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students to give their answers to the questions before you clarify the teaching.)

Tell students, We have a special guest with us here today. He is one of Jesus’ first followers. Everyone, welcome Peter to our class.

(“Peter” comes in.)

Peter: Hi, everyone! My name is Peter and I was with Jesus almost the whole time He was doing His work. I even saw Him when He came back to life and I was there when He went up in the clouds to go back to Heaven.

But what I want to tell you about today is what happened after that. Ten days after Jesus went back up to Heaven, the other disciples and me – there were one hundred and twenty of us – were all in a house together, praying.

And while we were praying, a big gust of wind came into the house. And then there was big flame of fire, just floating in the air above us. All of a sudden, that big flame of fire split apart into a bunch of little flames and those little flames came down and landed on each of our heads. The fire didn’t burn us, though, because it wasn’t really fire. It was the Holy Spirit, coming down on us.

Then we all started talking in different languages, even languages that we didn’t know. The Holy Spirit knows all the languages and He just started making us speak all the different languages.

Nobody in the city knew how we were doing it. Some people were silly and thought we were drunk, but that wasn’t it because none of us had been drinking wine or beer or anything. It was the power of the Holy Spirit that was making us speak in different languages.

Then I told everyone who was listening to us about Jesus and about how God told us that He would send the Holy Spirit to come down on us. I told them about how Jesus died to forgive us for our sins and about how we’re supposed to believe in Him. I said that if people believe in Jesus, then the Holy Spirit would come live in them too.

And do you know what? About three thousand people believed in Jesus that day. The other disciples and I baptized them and the Holy Spirit came down and lived inside of them too.

That was the first day that I felt the Holy Spirit living in me and it was great. I hope all of you believe in Jesus and get to feel the Holy Spirit living inside of you too.

(Have students thank “Peter” for sharing his story.)

Review and Discussion Questions:

What was the fire that came down and landed on the disciples? (The Holy Spirit.)

How were the disciples able to speak in other languages that they didn’t know? (God gave them the Holy Spirit to live inside of them and the Holy Spirit was giving them power to speak the different languages. It was a miracle from God.)

Do you think you have the Holy Spirit living in you? (The Holy Spirit lives inside of everyone that believes in Jesus. So if you believe in Jesus, you have the Holy Spirit living in you.)

What do you think the Holy Spirit does for you? (The Holy Spirit gives us our talents so that we can use them for God and helps us to do the right things and stand up to and resist the temptation to do wrong things. It tells us what God wants us to do.)

How many people believed in Jesus that day? (About three thousand.)

That’s a lot of people. They became Christians because Peter told them about Jesus. Jesus wants us to tell people about Him too, just like Peter did, so that even more people can believe in Him. We should all try to tell our friends and our family members about Jesus so that they can be Christians too and go to Heaven when they die instead of going to Hell.

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