Denise Day Spencer

November 12, 2006

Children’s sermon: The Holy Spirit empowers us

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 1:40 am

Another children’s sermon based on the doctrinal summaries in the Disciple’s Study Bible.

SCRIPTURE: Acts 1:4-5, 8

OBJECT: a toy sailboat

Last time we talked about the fact that one of the jobs of the Holy Spirit is to teach us and remind us of Jesus. Today I want us to look at something else He does for us. He helps us live for Jesus.

I told you that the Holy Spirit didn’t come to live inside all Christians until after Jesus died, rose and went back to heaven. Then one day, when the disciples were all together, the Spirit came on them with great power. Jesus had told the disciples this would happen, and that the Holy Spirit would be a gift from God. Then He said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth.” Since that time, He comes to live in each of us when we believe on Jesus and give our lives to Him.

The Holy Spirit helped those first Christians in many ways. He made them into a church, and helped them love one another. He led them to other places to share the gospel with people who had never heard of Jesus. He gave them spiritual gifts so they could do the work God needed them to do.

You might think of the Holy Spirit a little bit like the wind. If a sailboat has no wind, it can’t go anywhere. It just sits there. But when the breeze comes along, the boat can sail across the lake or out to sea. The Spirit is like the wind from God that gives us the power to live for Him.

Today God’s Spirit still helps us follow Him. He gives us spiritual gifts so we can serve Him. He gives us wisdom and strength to do God’s work. He helps us pray when we don’t know how or what to pray. And little by little, day after day, He changes us into people who are more and more like Jesus.

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