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Kids Lesson: The Holy Spirit Came

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The Holy Spirit Came – Acts 2

God sent the Holy Spirit just as He promised. Now Jesus’ disciples had everything they needed to make more followers of Jesus! God gives the Holy Spirit to everyone who trusts in Jesus.

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Key Passage

His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness. - 2 Peter 1:3

Bible Story - The Holy Spirit Came

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Bible Story

People came from far away to the city of Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost. Jesus’ disciples were meeting together. All of a sudden, a sound like a strong, rushing wind came from heaven and filled the whole house. The Holy Spirit filled Jesus’ followers. When they started talking, they sounded different. They could speak in languages they didn’t
even know! Other Jews came to see what was going on. They had come to Jerusalem from many other places, and they spoke different languages. But all of them could understand what Jesus’ disciples were saying! Peter stood up to talk to the crowd. “You saw the miracles Jesus did,” he said. “God planned for Jesus to die. Then God raised Jesus from the dead! Now, Jesus is sitting beside God in heaven, and He sent the Holy Spirit to us.” Then Peter said, “Jesus is the Lord and Messiah! You killed Him on a cross!” The people knew Peter was telling the truth. “What should we do?” they asked. “Turn away from your sins and be baptized,” Peter said. “God will forgive your sins, and you will get the Holy Spirit too.” That day, about three thousand people turned away from their sins and were baptized. They all believed and became followers of Jesus.

Bible Story Summary

  • God sent the Holy Spirit just as He promised.
  • The disciples were able to speak to people in different languages.
  • Peter told the people the good news about Jesus.
  • Many people believed and became followers of Jesus.

Discussion Starters

  • How did the Holy Spirit help the disciples make more followers of Jesus?
  • What would you do if you were able to speak another language all of a sudden?
  • Whom does God give the Holy Spirit to?

Family Activity

  • Use an online translation tool to learn how to say Jesus loves you in different languages.


Additional Resources

Coloring/Activity Pages

Download PDF (Lessons for December 6-27)

Preschool Activity

Listen to other languages

  • Explain to your kids that the Holy Spirit allowed the disciples to speak different languages. Find an app or website that can play audio of other languages, and play some words (or a bible passage). Allow children to ask how to say different words in the language.

  • When you're done, say: God sent the Holy Spirit just as He promised. The disciples had everything they needed to make more followers of Jesus! When they started talking, the disciples could speak in languages they didn’t even know! Other Jews came to see what was going on. They had come to Jerusalem from many other places, and they spoke different languages. But all of them could understand what Jesus’ disciples were saying! 3,000 people believed and followed Jesus that day!

Elementary Discussion Questions

Help your kids find Acts 2. Ask the following questions:

  • What did the disciples hear as the Holy Spirit came upon them? (a sound like a rushing wind, Acts 2:2)

  • What languages did the disciples preach the gospel in? (many languages; each listener heard his own language, Acts 2:6)

  • Which prophet did Peter quote to explain the miraculous events the Holy Spirit was causing? (Joel, Acts 2:16-21)

  • How can we receive the Holy Spirit? Guide kids to think about the gospel and what it means to believe the gospel to be saved. Remind them that works cannot save
    us, and we must come to Jesus in faith. Help them see that all who repent and believe the gospel receive the Holy Spirit.

  • How has the Holy Spirit affected your life? Guide kids to talk about ways they have seen the Spirit working in their lives or the lives of their family members who are believers. Help them think through the kinds of traits God said would mark a believer, such as love, kindness, faithfulness, and so forth.

  • Who can we tell about Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit? Explain that with the Spirit’s power, we can tell everyone the gospel. Guide kids to think about specific people they can share the gospel with. Help them plan a time and a way to talk about Jesus, and encourage them to trust the Spirit for boldness.

  • Conclude by saying: God kept His promise to send the Holy Spirit. God keeps all His promises. When we believe the gospel and have faith in Jesus, we are saved and the Holy Spirit fills us. He helps us live on mission for God.