The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost - Acts 2: 1 - 21
Jesus has ascended up to heaven to return to His Father's house. Before this, the disciples were waiting in Jerusalem as they had been told to pray whilst they waited for their gift that Jesus promised.
It has been 10 days since Jesus' ascention and the disciples didn't know when their gift would arive. We know the feeling when we have to wait for our birthday or Christmas day to arrive to open our presents!
Let's begin by watching what happened when their gift arrived https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwJJJoSGw84
If you prefer, you can read Acts 2: 1 - 21.
please also watch this short video to explain Pentecost https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuUK6REOWuE
God had kept His promise and sent the gift of the Holy Spirit on the day the Jewish people had gathered to celebrate a feast called Pentecost.
A blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house. Tounges of fire rested on each of the disciples head. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages. The crowd was bewildered because each one heard their language being spoken. The disciples then began teaching about Jesus and the amazing things He had done in different languages.
Let's answer some questions to recap. You may need your Bible for this - Acts 2: 1 - 21.
1. Where were the disciples?
2. What day did the Holy Spirit arrive?
3. When the believers were together, what sound did they hear?
4. What rested on their heads?
5. What happened when they received the Holy Spirit?
6. Why was the crowd confused?
7. Who stood up and explained to the crowd what was happening?
(You will find the answers at the end of the page)
Did you know?!
It's the churches birthday! When the disciples received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Day, they were sent out to become the church and tell everyone about Jesus as everyone could hear the Good News in different languages. This is the birth of the church!
The gift of the Holy Spirit was sent to comfort and to guide us. Every person who believes in Jesus has received the Holy Spirit. We do not receive the Holy Spirit the same way as the disciples as a flame on our heads but within us. The Holy Spirit gave the disciples the gift to teach the word of God in many different languages. You may be able to understand a different language or may be learning one. Just as the Holy Spirit gave them the power to do the important job of sharing the Good News with people, the Holy Spirit gives us power to learn and tell others about God and show love to others.
The Holy Spirit teaches us how to live our life that pleases God. When we are learning at Sunday school or reading from the Bible, we are receiving God's word and this pleases God!
"And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Acts 2: 21)
We thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit within us,
To comfort and guide us,
To enable us to spread your word in different languages,
And always be within us.
Help us to live our lifes that pleases you.
We call your name to save us.
In Jesus' name,
(Answers to questions)
1. The disciples were together in one place.
2. On Pentecost Day.
3. They heard a sound like the blowing of a violent wind coming from heaven.
4. Tongues of fire rested on their heads.
5. They began to speak in other tongues.
6. Because they heard their language being spoken.
7. Peter stood up with the eleven.
Feel free to do any of the following:
Make a flame above your head! Draw a flame that represents the Holy Spirit, colour in and cut out. Attach to a strip of card measuring the size of your head. Staple or sellotape the two ends to make a hat. Write on the strip of card "All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit" Acts 2: 1 - 21. You can find a template of a flame here http://craftingthruthebible.com/templates/ Send a photo of you wearing it!
Complete the crossword https://sermons4kids.com/filled_with_the_holy_spirit_crossword.htm
Thank you for taking part in Sunday school! Please remember to keep your amazing work so we can share when we go back to church.