THREE PERSONS OF GOD
Lesson 3: Who is the Holy Spirit
After completing this lesson, the children will have a better understanding of the three persons of God, the Trinity, and specifically the third person of God, the Holy Spirit (or the Holy Ghost).
Trinity, Holy Spirit
AS KIDS ARRIVE (10 minutes)
Provide paper and markers of various colors for each child to draw two faces. One face should be a happy face, and the other should be a sad or angry face. Tell the kids to be as creative as they like, but to only take about 5 minutes. When finished, ask the kids for their opinion on what makes one face different from the other, and what they think the sad/angry face needs to become a happy face.
OPENING PRAYER AND PRAISE (5 minutes)
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MEMORY WORK (12 minutes)
"The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you." John 14:26 NIV (1984)
Divide the class into two teams. The challenge is for each team to outdo the other in saying the memory verse in a creative way. The teacher can lead one team, and a helper lead the other. Teams alternate saying the verse and its reference. Example: The leader of team 1 can have the kids say the verse while hopping on one foot. The leader of team 2 will respond by having the kids say the verse while clapping after each word. Team 1 then says the verse while turning around in circles. Team 2 while doing the twist, and so on. There really is no winner, but the kids will have a lot of fun, and they will unknowingly memorize the verse.
SCRIPTURE READING AND DISCUSSION (15 minutes)
Two weeks ago, we learned about God the Father, creator of all things and the first person of the Holy Trinity. Last week, we learned about Jesus, the Son of God, who is the second person of the Holy Trinity. Jesus proved He was God by declaring He is "I AM", the same name God gave to Moses before he went to Egypt to free God's people. Today, we will learn about the third person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit.
Who is the Holy Spirit according to the following verses?
Genesis 1:2 (He is the Spirit of God moving over the water during creation.)
Matthew 3:16 (The Spirit of God descending from Heaven.)
John 4:24 (God is Spirit.)
What are the Holy Spirit's qualities?
John 14:26 (He is the counselor [advocate or helper] sent by God in Jesus' name to teach us.)
John 15:26 (He is the Spirit of Truth who testifies about Jesus.)
Psalm 143:10 (He is the Spirit of God who leads us.)
What do the following verses tell us about how the Holy Spirit fits into our lives?
1 Corinthians 3:16 (He lives in us.)
Ephesians 1:13b (Promised to those who believe in Jesus.)
CLASS EXERCISE (5 minutes)
Wash Away Sin (Object Talk) Click here
ALTERNATE CLASS EXERCISE (10 - 15 minutes)
Holy Balloon (Activity) Click here
ALTERNATE CLASS EXERCISE (5 minutes)
Wonderful God (Song) Click here
APPLICATION (2 minutes)
So the Holy Trinity is God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is the creator of all things, even man. Jesus Christ, is the same God, who came down to earth in the flesh. The Holy Spirit is the third person of God, who is our counselor and guide to help us know the truth and to remember Jesus as our savior.
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CLOSING PRAYER (2 minutes)
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