Kids - Basic Training
The Holy Spirit/Now What? - Week 4
June 22-23, 2019 |
This four-week, interactive-video series will set kids up to explore how to use their Bible, who God is, what following Jesus means and how they can grow in their faith. They will learn that while physical training is important, training their souls is the most important thing they could do. Our souls live forever, after all!
“Training your body helps you in some ways. But devotion to God helps you in every way," 1 Timothy 4:8.
- Your bodies are fit! But what is even more important than training your body? (devotion to God/training our souls)
- Why do you think devotion to God is more important than training our bodies? (Discuss. Our souls last forever!)
- What are some ways we can be devoted to God?
- Talk about some ways you can train your soul this week. (read our Bibles, pray to God, talk to friends about Jesus, sing and dance to God, share our personal story about our friendship with God with a friend, etc.)
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Romans 8:1-17, 26-27; John 14:15-17, 25-26
The Holy Spirit has many different names in the Bible including Helper, Advocate, Spirit of Truth, Teacher, Friend and Witness. When we decide to follow Jesus, the very spirit of God comes and lives inside of us to fulfill all of those roles. Ephesians 1:13 reminds us of this promise, “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.”
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? We might ask why God doesn’t speak to us through burning bushes or a pillar made of clouds or on mountaintops like he spoke to people in the Old Testament. But the truth is, he has given us something so much better – his Spirit dwelling in us, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead.
What a gift! The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is now ours as we learn and grow in our faith. The Holy Spirit is our answer to the question “Now what?” that inevitably comes after we decide to follow Jesus with our whole life. The Holy Spirit inside of us convicts us and gives us the power to repent and be humble so that our decisions and actions resemble Jesus more and more. The Spirit teaches us about who God is and helps us understand his truth. He gives us spiritual gifts (teaching, serving, encouraging, etc.) in order to serve each other. He gives us an avenue to tell others about the awesome love of Jesus. When we need discernment, the Spirit gives us wisdom. And in our worst moments, when we can’t even put together words to pray, the Spirit helps us and prays for us.
The gift of the Holy Spirit is the power of God inside of us, and that is everything we need.
In what ways have you seen the Holy Spirit change you, teach you, or gift you?
Have you thought about the implications of having the actual power of God living inside of you?