Unit 28, Session 1: The Holy Spirit Came
Before December we covered the weeks leading up to Jesus' death on the cross. We will be jumping around chronologically as we are saving Jesus' Death, Resurrection, & the His time with the disciples until his Ascension for Easter & the weeks after. Leading up to Easter, our units focus on the Church on Mission. This Sunday, we will started a unit specifically on the impact of the Holy Spirit titled: The God who Empowers. This unit has an emphasis on how the Holy Spirit helps us, especially when it comes to sharing Jesus with others. This week our lesson focused on the coming of the Holy Spirit & how it empowered Jesus disciples (and still empowers us!) to share the gospel.
UNIT KEY PASSAGE: Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What does the Holy Spirit do? The Holy Spirit helps Christians.
FAMILY STARTING POINTS:
- God sent the Holy Spirit to Jesus’ followers. <--Main Point
- Jesus’ friends told people about God’s plan.
- People who trust in Jesus receive the Holy Spirit.
BIBLE STORY DETAILS: When Jesus ascended to heaven, He instructed the disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come upon them. So the disciples went back to Jerusalem, where they waited and prayed.
The time came for the Jewish festival called Pentecost, or the Feast of Weeks. As with the Passover festival, Jews from all over the Roman Empire would be at the temple in Jerusalem.
During this festival, the Holy Spirit came to believers in Jerusalem. They heard a sound like a violent, rushing wind. When the Holy Spirit filled the disciples, they were able to speak in foreign languages. They went out into the city and began to preach, and the Jews from all over the world were amazed. These disciples were from Galilee, but they were speaking in languages the visitors could understand.
The disciples told people about God’s plan. The Holy Spirit helped Peter teach: Jesus is the Messiah; Jesus was killed, but He is alive! (Acts 2:22-36) The Holy Spirit convicted the crowd and they asked, “Brothers, what must we do?” Peter told them to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus. (Acts 2:37-38) That day, three thousand people received salvation!
CHRIST CONNECTION: God kept His promise to send the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit’s help, Jesus’ disciples could begin their work to share the gospel with the entire world. God gives the Holy Spirit to those who trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit gives us power to do God’s work, and He changes us to be more like Jesus.
Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.
- To help your preschooler visualize 3,000 people, look up the seating capacity of venues familiar to your family (ex. Verizon center, FedEx Field, Nationals Park, etc.). Make the connection that the Holy Spirit helped the disciple tell about God plan and 3,000 people believed God’s plan and received salvation!
- Listen to worship songs in a language different from your own. Make the connection that the Holy Spirit helped the disciples speak in different languages so all of the people in the temple could hear God’s plan in their own language.
NEXT WEEK: “Peter Healed a Beggar” (Acts 3:1-10; 4:5-31)