Category Archives: Revival/Praise and Worship

5 Ways to Encourage Children in Spiritual Gifts

Revival Celebration 2.6We’ve all seen videos of children in other churches preaching, teaching, prophesying, and laying hands on people, but many children’s pastors haven’t seen those gifts operational through children in their churches. Here are 3 ways to encourage children to develop and use their spiritual gifts.

Teach children about the spiritual gifts. The first step is to teach children what spiritual gifts are, where they are in the Bible, how they are operating in the church today, and that they are for everyone regardless of age.

Little boy praying with the Bible in hand

Give children instruction on using spiritual gifts. If your students are not familiar with using spiritual gifts, they will need encouragement and instruction. Don’t expect perfection from them, and don’t shut them down if they make mistakes. Mentor them through it.

Show children through example. If spiritual gifts aren’t operating through you during children’s services, you can’t expect the children in your ministry to go places you haven’t been. Pray for God to use you in supernatural ways.

Give children opportunities to minister. I sometimes ask children to pray at the altar for other. I’ve asked children if they have a word for the congregation. I’ve also asked if any of them have a message they would like to preach.

Revival Celebration 1.2bDon’t worry about it being messy. Children will make mistakes. That’s how they learn. Revival is messy, and sometimes you have to work through the mess, but don’t stop what God is doing because sometimes things get out of hand. Wildfire is easier to control than it is to get a fire started with wet wood.

Saturated by the Holy Spirit Children’s Ministry Object Lesson

Here is a great object lesson to illustrate why we need to be filled and saturated by the Holy Spirit.

Supplies Needed: flat sponge, bowl of water

Ephesians 5:18 Do not be drunk with wine. That will ruin you spiritually. But be filled with the Spirit.

The Bible talks a lot about being filled with the Holy Spirit. The word used in this verse for filled means being continually filled. That means being filled, and filled, and filled again. It means to keep being filled with the Holy Spirit.

(show flat sponge) Can anyone tell me what this is? (If the children don’t know, let them know it’s a sponge that has never been wet. It’s called a flat sponge. Talk about how useless this sponge is without water just as the Christian is useless unless he’s filled with the Holy Spirit.

The sponge is hard. God doesn’t want us to have a hard heart toward Him. He wants to fill our hearts with the Holy Spirit.

Ezekiel 36:26  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

This sponge is dry. Without the Holy Spirit filling us, our lives and passion for God can be dry. God wants to fill us with His Holy Spirit so that rivers of living water can flow out of us.

John 7:37-39 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

This sponge can’t wash or clean anything. Being filled with the Holy Spirit keeps us cleansed from sin.

John 7:38  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’

Romans 8:2 Because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Object Lesson Experiment:

(Dip the sponge in the bowl of water so it is a little wet. Let the children make observations on how the sponge has changed. It is wetter, bigger, softer, more useful. Dip the sponge again until it gets saturated.)

The more this sponge gets saturated with water, the more useful it is. The more we are filled with the Holy Spirit, the more useful we are to the Kingdom of God.

If I were to leave this wet sponge on the shelf, what would happen to it? It would get dried out and hard again. That’s the way we will get if we don’t continue to be filled with 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 Ways to Create an Atmosphere for God to Move in Children’s Church

The Holy Spirit moves as He will during children’s ministry, but we have the ability to create an atmosphere where the Holy Spirit will change the lives of our students. Here are 5 ways to create an atmosphere to allow God to move.

Be prepared. Get set up early. Don’t be distracted by trying to get everything ready at the last minute. If you can’t come early to set up, go to the church the night before. Also have your lesson prepared in advance along with any objects or workers you need.

raising handsPrepare yourself spiritually. You can’t take children where you haven’t been. If you want the Holy Spirit to move in children’s church, spend some time in His presence during the week.

Play praise and worship music before church. Spend some time before service playing praise and worship music and spending time worshiping before any children arrive. This sets an atmosphere of worship.

Anoint the chairs and doors with oil. Pray for the students to receive from God before the service begins.

Group Of School Children Singing In Choir TogetherStart the right way. Don’t let things get out of control by allowing discipline problems or unstructured free time as soon as the students enter into the room. Take spiritual authority over your children’s service from the moment the first student enters.

 

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.