Category Archives: Kids and the Holy Spirit

Are You Hungry? Kidmin Object Lesson Sermon

God wants us to be hungry for the filling of the Holy Spirit.

Hunger Killers:

There are two things that will stop us from being hungry in the natural. These things will also keep us from being hungry for the Holy Spirit.

Sickness: The first thing that keeps you from being hungry is sickness. You don’t feel like eating when you’re sick. Sin is like a spiritual sickness. We can’t get rid of the sickness of sin until we are saved and ask Jesus to forgive us. After we become Christians, we still need to get rid of sin by confessing it to God and asking Him to forgive us.

Snacking: When we fill up on junk food and even healthy snacks before meals, it takes away our hungry so we don’t want to eat. There are also things that we can put before God that fill us up so there’s no room for God. These are spiritual snack foods that keep us from the meal God has prepared.

God Prepares a Meal:

God wants us to be Hungry:  

Matt. 5:6  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they will be filled.

Appetizer: God gives us an appitizer to all He has for us when we are saved and begin to walk with Him.

Psalm 34:8  Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Water: Water is as important to survive spiritually as it is physically. Jesus is the water of Life, and those who come to Him will be filled with the Holy Spirit and never thirst again.

Psalm 42:1-2 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?

John 4:14  But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”. (Jesus is the water of life, Holy Spirit)

John 7:37-39  Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (believe on Jesus, Holy Spirit, Joy)

Isaiah 44:3  For I will pour out water on the thirsty land And streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring And My blessing on your descendants. (Holy Spirit, blessings)

Main Course Meal:

Bread: Jesus is the bread of Life. When we spend time with Him, we are eating His bread.

John 6:35  Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

Milk: The Bible is the milk of God’s Word. When we drink His Word, we will learn more about Him and mature spiritually.

1 Peter 2:2  Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.

Solid Food or Meat:  Solid food is for the mature. Babies don’t eat solid food, but when we grow older, we need solid food and meat. Spiritually, this will help us grow and help us discern good and evil. In other words, we will understand what God wants us to do.

Hebrew 5:14  Solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

Dessert: God wants to fill us with the Holy Spirit. He wants us to worship Him and delight in Him. This is our spiritual dessert.

Psalm 37:4  Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

So you need to ask youself, “Are You Hungry?”

5 Keys for Altar Ministry for Children

Children WorshipingMany Pentecostal children’s pastors have a difficult time having altar ministry for children because they’ve never been trained in how to minister at the altar. Some children’s pastors fumble through it praying for each children’s sore finger or lost dog, and some throw up their hands and stop having altar ministry all together. But don’t give up hope. Altar ministry is an important part of Pentecostal children’s ministry.

Here are 5 keys that can help you:

Revival Celebration 2.4First, explain what they should do and what might happen at the altar. I do this long before the altar call, so if they have any questions, it won’t delay it. I start this by telling the children that I will call them up front. Music will play, and I want them to focus on worshiping God. They can sing, close their eyes, lift their hands, ect. I let them know that I’m not going to pray for them right away. When I do, I will place my hand on their heads.

At this point, I let the kids know some things that might happen. They might fall down (slain in the Spirit), but if that happens, someone will be behind them to catch them. Make sure you workers know to be catchers. They might cry. They might laugh. They might start to stutter or speak in a language they don’t know (baptism of the Holy Spirit). They might want to kneel, or shout, or dance, or run. Any of these things might happen, and that’s okay. Also none of these things might happen, but they might feel the presence of God strongly on the inside, and that’s okay too.

Sometimes the children will have questions like, “If I fall down, how long should I stay there?” My answer to that is always, “As long as you want to enjoy the presence of God on the floor, go ahead and stay there. If you want to get up, that’s okay too. Whatever the questions are, try to answer them.

Crusade Girl WorshippingInvite the Holy Spirit into the Place. This is vital. We are not having altar ministry just for the fun of it, although it is fun. We want the Holy Spirit to move on these children. It’s amazing what happens when you take a moment at the beginning of the service to invite the Holy Spirit to move.

Don’t be in a Hurry. Allow the Holy Spirit time to move once the children are at the altar. Sing praises and worship and speak in tongues out loud so the children can hear you and encourage them to worship.

During this time, don’t tolerate disruption or misbehavior at the altar. If a child is being disruptive, warn him or her. If he persists, have him sit quietly in the back of the room with a worker.

Wait for the glory of God to enter the room before doing anything more. Remember, this is God’s show. We need to obey His leading.

Make sure your workers know what to expect. Each worker should be instructed ahead of time. You’ll need a worker behind each child you are praying for. That worker should place his hands on the child’s back firmly so the child knows it is safe to yield to God. Someone is there to catch him or help him.

Revival Celebration 2.6When you feel the Holy Spirit lead, lay hands on each child. Leave your hand on each child until God moves. Sometimes that will be a minute or two. That’s all right. Don’t pray out loud or say anything unless God tell you what to say. Just allow the Holy Spirit to do what He wants. Then move to the next child.

Observations and Testimonies. If you observe anything unusual like a cloud or a fragrance, point it out to the children. Observe how fun it is to be in the presence of God. Allow children to testify at this point what God is doing or has done at the altar.

Sometimes it takes time for children to get to the point of yielding to what the Holy Spirit is doing depending on how use they are to being in Holy Ghost filled services. You might want to do some teaching on it to prepare the children. Continue inviting the Holy Spirit to show up every week until the children are receptive. Once that happens, this is what they’ll want every week. As I always tell my students, being in the presence of God is more fun that anything else.

Pentecost Sunday Lessons

Pentecost Sunday is this coming Sunday. Here are a few lessons and posts to help you teach your students about Pentecost:

Are Children Too Young

Are Children Too Young to Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Object Lesson: Preparing Children to Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Filled with the Holy Spirit Children’s Sermon

If you would like to use Pentecost Sunday to teach out of the Book of Acts, here’s a curriculum resources you can buy.

kidkonnection6Kid Konnection 6: Mighty Acts

Mighty Acts Lessons Include:

  • Prepare to Go
  • The Upper Room
  • The Father’s Promise
  • Magnificent Message
  • The Growing Church
  • Divine Healing
  • Under Threat
  • Prayer Power
  • Kingdom Power
  • Power In Jesus Name
  • Faith and Forgiveness
  • The Ministry of Believers
  • Witnesses to the World

Filled with the Holy Spirit Children’s Sermon

praise handsActs 2:4 (NIV)  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

When teaching children about the baptism of the Holy Spirit, you will want to give them instructions. Here is what I tell children before I pray for them to be filled.

Supplies needed: wrapped candy for each child

Have someone in your church give a testimony about being baptized in the Holy Spirit as a child. If you have children in your ministry who were baptized in the Holy Spirit, have them tell about their experience.

Give each child a piece of candy. Ask them what they had to do to receive that candy. They may answer that they didn’t have to do anything or the they had to reach out and grab it. Tell the children that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a free gift that they only need to reach out and grab.

Here’s how they do that:

1. Ask God for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

2. Praise God out loud using their voices. God doesn’t zap them against their wills so they will speak in tongues. They have to use their voices to praise God first.

3. Surrender their words. When they start to feel their tongues and mouths forming in strange ways, they need to surrender their voices to God and allow Him to speak through them.

4. Wait on God. Sometimes children are not baptized in the Holy Spirit right away. When this happens, instruct them to believe God wants to fill them and to wait on Him to do as He promised.

 

Object Lesson – Preparing Children to Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Acts 2:38  Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Supplies needed: pitcher of water, 5 paper cups prepared the following ways (1st cup turned upside down, 2nd cup has dirt, trash, and mud in it, 3rd cup has hole in the bottom, 4th cup is cut in half length wise with the cup side turned toward the children, 5th cup is right side up), bowl to catch water

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a free gift that God wants to give His children, but there are ways to prepare to receive this free gift.

(pour water in the first cup) This represents a child who has not asked Jesus Christ into His heart. Since he doesn’t know Christ as his Savior, he can’t receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

(show children the inside of the second cup) This child can’t receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit because he has sin in his life. He needs to confess his sin to God and ask God to forgive him before he receives the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

(pour water in the third cup) This child is saved and has been forgiven of his sin, but he can’t receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit because he doesn’t have faith that God will fill Him. Maybe he thinks he’s too young or not good enough. Or maybe he believes that God only wants to fill people like the preacher and the children’s pastor.

(pour water in the fourth cup) This child can’t receive the Holy Spirit because he hasn’t surrendered himself completely to God. Once he does that, he can receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

(pour water into the fifth cup until it overflows) God wants to fill you with the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Lead the children in a prayer that addresses each of the children represented by the different cups.