This live-teaching series looks at three stories that happened after Jesus came back to life. Kids hear about how God sent the Holy Spirit to help his friends show and tell the Good News of God’s love to everyone!
Get out of your seat, crank up these jams and rock on!
Listen to the story from Week 2: God Sends the Holy Spirit, Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-21
ASK YOUR KID
Who did God send as our helper?
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-21; John 14:15-18; 16:5-11
The Holy Spirit is the Helper and the Spirit of truth. Jesus told his disciples in John 16:7 that it would be better for him to physically leave them so that they could receive the gift of the Spirit. But this must’ve been nearly impossible for the disciples to understand at the time. After all, what could be better than walking alongside Jesus every moment of the day, having him right there in front of them?
But when the day of Pentecost came, and the Holy Spirit came to the disciples (Acts 2), it must’ve all made much more sense. In a moment, they were filled with the Spirit of Jesus himself. No longer was he in front of them physically. Instead, the strength, power, love – everything that made Jesus, Jesus – was now inside of them, empowering them not only to teach others the good news of his grace, mercy, love and salvation, but to be walking examples of those things. They became living evidence of the life of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit made it possible for Jesus to be everywhere all at once. In other words, the coming of the Holy Spirit made Jesus available to everyone on earth, and the newly empowered disciples literally preached, taught, and healed in ways they used to only see possible in Jesus.
When we choose to follow Jesus, the Bible promises that we are also filled with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13 tells us that “When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit …” It’s a good gift, because the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is now ours as we learn and grow in our faith. With his power inside of us, we have all grace and truth available to us; we have everything we need.
How have you seen the Holy Spirit at work in your life?
In what areas of your life is it hard to tap into the power of Jesus inside of you?
“Go everywhere in the world. Tell the Good News to everyone,” Mark 16:15.
THE BIG PICTURE
Our Elementary curriculum is written for 1st through 5th graders. Through exciting videos, or live teaching in the rooms, kids explore stories from the Bible each month. Beginning with Creation, and moving in chronological order throughout the year, kids learn that God is our Creator, his son Jesus is our Savior, and he is loving, healing, miraculous, and personal. Kids learn about baptism, how to pray, how they can be more like Jesus, and how they can help others. In a large group format, elementary kids sing and dance to worship songs, then meet fun characters and play games that introduce them to the concept of the series. After the story, kids transition to small group activities, designed to be led by an adult. We hope elementary kids learn through interactive content, and begin to grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and how to follow him.