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Where is the Holy Spirit Series - Lesson #16

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Living in the Power
of the Holy Spirit

This English Stonecroft 'Youth Discipleship Teaching' has been adapted from the Adult Stonecroft Trinity Series.

The English Stonecroft Trinity Series - Where is the Holy Spirit? is available online from Stonecroft's corporate website.


Welcome, as the Junior Youth arrive get them to colour the colouring pages and visual aids that will be used during the session.

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1. JUNIOR YOUTH GAMES: (10 minutes)

2. JUNIOR YOUTH TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS (10 minutes)

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP (5 minutes)

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a. Lesson Review

The fruit of the Spirit enriches the believer’s relationship with God and others. But the gift of the Spirit is to be used in serving God.

Remember the Bible Memory Verse:

1 Peter 4:10

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

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a. Weekly Bible Verse Readings Review- SESSION #15

While at home you would have read the Bible verses and written your comments to share in this session did you memorize one verse per day?

1 •  Wisdom and Knowledge

(What is the Gift of Wisdom?)

......(The gift to make choices and give leadership that is according to God's will.)

(What is the Gift of Knowledge?)

 .....(The gift to comprehensively understand a spiritual issue or circumstance.)

Which of the Bibe Verses did you memorize?

1 Corinthians 12 :8

For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit,

Proverbs 2:6

The  Lord  gives wisdom.
     Knowledge and understanding come from his mouth.


The Spirit of the  Lord  shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,

Exodus 31:3

I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship.

2 •  Faith

(What is the Gift of Faith?)

......(The gift to trust God and inspire others to trust God, no matter the conditions.)

Which of the Bibe Verses did you memorize?

1 Corinthians 12 :9a

9  To others the same Spirit gives faith.

Romans 12:6

6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith.

Hebrews 11:1-3

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

3 •  Healing and Miracles

(What is the Gift of Healing?)

....(The wondrous gift of using God's healing power to cure a person who is ill, wounded or suffering. )

(What is the Gift of Miracles?)

...(The gift to display signs and miracles that give credibility to God's Word and the Gospel message)

Which of the Bibe Verses did you memorize?

1 Corinthians 12 :9b-10

9  To others that one Spirit gives gifts of healing.  10  To others he gives the power to do miracles.

Hebrews 2:4

God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.

Acts 19:11-12

11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul,

12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.

4 •  Prophecy

(What is the Gift of Prophecy ?)

...(The gift to declare a message from God.)

Which of the Bibe Verses did you memorize?

1 Corinthians 14:1

1 Pursue love, and desire spiritual  gifts,  but especially that you may prophesy.

1 Corinthians 14:3-4

But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. 

He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. 

1 Corinthians 14:39

Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

5•  Discerning Spirits

(What is the Gift of Discerning Spirits?)

.......(The gift to recognize whether or not something is truly from God or in accordance with righteousness.)

Which of the Bibe Verses did you memorize?

1 John 4:1-3

1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,  and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. 

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

6 •  Speaking in Tongues

(What is the Gift of Tongues?)

......(The gift to communicate in a foreign language you do not have experience with, the gift of speaking in tongues, like every spiritual gift, is miraculous. It is impossible without God's power, it is uncommon in the world around us, and it is a way for Christians to praise the Lord and grow in unity with one another.)

(What is the Gift of Interpreting Tongues?)

....(The gift of interpreting the speech of a different language or a Spiritual tongue and translating it back to others in your own.)

Which of the Bibe Verses did you memorize?

1 Corinthians 14:22

So then tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophecy is for a sign, not to unbelievers but to those who believe.

1 Corinthians 13:1

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

Acts 2:4

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.


You wrote your thoughts about this lesson, who wants to come and share?

b. Junior Youth Sword Play

Ready…Swords up… Romans 8:5 … CHARGE!

5  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Romans 8:5

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c. Teach the Lesson (15 minutes)

Living in the Power
of the Holy Spirit

Purpose of the Lesson
• Learn the necessity of allowing the Holy Spirit to live in and through us
• Realize that the victorious Christian life comes through the filling of God’s Spirit
• Understand why obedience and yieldedness are necessary for the Holy Spirit’s filling

Because of the possible controversial nature of this lesson, it would
be wise to review the Guide Training part of this study. If answers are given which might lead to controversy, avoid arguments by accepting responses with little comment and continuing on with the lesson.

If someone wants to talk about “speaking in tongues,” you may say,

“Because churches differ in their teaching on this subject, let me give you the chapter in the Bible which answers your questions. Please take time to read 1 Corinthians 14:1-40 at home.”


Dear Father in Heaven, Thank You for the provision You have made for us to live the Christian life. Teach us the importance of obeying You. In the name of Jesus, amen.

The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the gifts He brings with Him, prepare us for living a Christlike life. As believers, we have the continual presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives to guide us, teach us, and give us the power to live above our circumstances. With all of this working for us, we can be experiencing one victory after another.

1. How has the indwelling Holy Spirit helped you this week? . . . . .
(Allow several people to share their answers.)

Author Charles Swindoll gave a very helpful illustration of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

He told of a young man, named Sinner, who received from his father a beautiful, red car named Salvation. It was new, clean, and bright. The young man was so delighted that he talked about it all the time and told everyone that it was a gift from his father. He never could have afforded a car like this. He didn’t have to pay for it. It was a free gift!

The car made him so happy that he changed his name from Sinner to Saved.

Later, he was seen pushing his car down the highway. A man named Helper walked up and introduced Himself and asked if He could help.

“No thanks. I’m doing fine,” Saved answered.

“Have you pushed your car very far?” Helper asked.

“About 200 miles. It’s been hard, but it is the least I can do for my father who gave it to me.”

Helper said, “Allow me to help you. There is something you do not understand.”

Helper opened the car door and the young man hesitated, but thought it was worth a try so he got in. For the first time since he received the car, he rested.

Helper walked around to the other side, and sat in the driver’s seat. He started the motor and soon they were clipping down the highway quietly and smoothly. It was even exciting!

The young man just sat there amazed. He was allowing the Helper to do what he could not do. He had thought that reaching the end of the road was his responsibility. He smiled with relief and suddenly realized that this was the first time he had smiled since he had received his gift.

That is a perfect picture of many Christians. We understand that there was no way we could have ever paid for our salvation. It was a gift! However, we do not know that the power to live the Christian life is a gift, too.

Swindoll concludes, “The one who gave you the car, gave you the driver. He can handle it. When you try to wrestle the wheel from His hand, you have terrible wrecks.”

The way to make progress in Christlike living is to yield to the Holy Spirit as He lives in and through you.

Sometimes it is difficult for us to accept the fact that we can do nothing to make our salvation more secure than the day we accepted Jesus as our personal Savior. We want to do something for God. Instead, God did it for us! Salvation is a free gift and so is our new life.

The death of Jesus Christ on the cross provided the gift of our salvation, but it is His resurrection that provides the power for us to live obedient Christian lives.

Turn to Romans 5:8-10. . . . .

8  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Saved by Christ’s Death
Power to Live by His Resurrection

2. The death of Jesus saves you. What does His resurrection do for you?

Read Ephesians 1:17-22 . . . . .

17  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18  the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19  and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20  which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21  far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

22  And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23  which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Read 2 Corinthians 13:4 . . . . .

4  For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.

(It gives us power to live the way God wants us to live.)

Our day-to-day, and moment-by-moment progress is provided by Christ’s resurrection from the dead. We accepted the gift of salvation by faith. We also live the Christian life by faith.

We do not try to live the Christian life in the power and energy of our own being. It is by God’s power and not by our own power that we obey God’s will. The strength of the Holy Spirit in our lives is to be used in serving God and others. It is not to be used for our own profit or advantage. We are filled with the Holy Spirit so we have the ability to live as God has planned for us.

Read Ephesians 2:10 . . . . .

10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

By ourselves, we cannot do what God has planned for us—that would be like pushing the car! Do not misunderstand. We still must exert the energy to accomplish the task, but it is done under the Spirit’s direction and power.

Christians have received all of the Holy Spirit, then why does the Bible tell us to be filled with the Spirit?

To be filled with the Spirit does not mean we need to acquire something we don’t already have. It means that we should keep ourselves constantly yielded to the Holy Spirit’s control.

We surrender to Him moment by moment. In order to do this, we surrender the desire to control our own lives. We have to give up and stop pushing our spiritual car. Instead, we must obey and enjoy the view of wherever the Holy Spirit chooses to lead us.

The Bible tells us not be drunk with wine, but be filled with the Spirit,

Why do you suppose being filled with God’s Spirit is compared with drunkenness? . . . . .

(Because our actions are influenced by what or who we allow to control us.)

When people are drunk with alcohol, they are under the power of the alcohol they have consumed. In the same way, Christians who are filled with God’s Holy Spirit have the power to do things God’s way, not their own way.

3. Describe a person who is filled with God’s Spirit.

Read Ephesians 5:17-21. . . . .

17  Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18  And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19  speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20  giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21  submitting to one another in the fear of God.

(A Spirit-led person is surrendered to the Holy Spirit’s control, speaks of Christ to others, sings songs of praise to God, and gives thanks for everything.

God commands us to be filled with His Spirit for two reasons: for maturity and for serving God in special ways.

A new Christian is given the Holy Spirit, but that does not mean he or she is spiritually mature. Maturity comes through being filled with the Holy Spirit and living a lifestyle of obedience over a period of time.

The Christians of Corinth were not mature, so the Bible explained how they were limited because of their immaturity.

Read 1 Corinthians 3:1-3. . . . .

1 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 2  I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; 3  for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?

We are filled with God’s Spirit to accomplish the special work He gives us.

Read Acts 9:17 and 20-22. . . . .

17  And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit."

20  Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.

21  Then all who heard were amazed, and said, "Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?"

22  But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ.

Paul was filled with the Spirit so that he could accomplish the work God had planned for him to do.

When we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior, the Holy Spirit comes in. There are no conditions to receiving the Spirit of God. But there are conditions to being filled with the Holy Spirit—we must obey God.

4. What conditions are included in obeying the Holy Spirit?

Romans 12:1. . . . .

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

(dedicated to serving God)

There must be a definite time in our Christian lives when we consciously
surrender ourselves to God’s control. This surrender needs to be kept up to date because God keeps enriching our lives with additional blessings and abilities. These need to be yielded to Him also. We need to ask God to make the necessary changes in our lives.

Read Romans 12:2. . . . .

2  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

God transforms us on the inside! He renews our mind so that we think differently than we did before. When we dedicate ourselves to God, we give ourselves to Him for His use only!

Because the Holy Spirit always obeys God the Father, and our self-centered human spirit always wants our own way, there is inner conflict. But when we allow the Holy Spirit to enable us to surrender to God’s will, we choose God’s way above our own.

When we depend on the Lord alone we are doing what God wants us to do, rather than what we want to do. The Bible tells us this in

Read Romans 8:1-5 . . . . .

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit

As we develop the practice of surrendering our desires to God, we are being obedient, which is necessary to be filled by His Spirit.

5. What special situation in your life requires that you be filled with God’s Spirit to accomplish the needed result? . . . . .

(Have each person share their answer.)

6. Evaluate the evidence of God’s Spirit in your own life in the following attitudes and activities.

Evidence of being filled
with God’s Spirit

What I plan to do where
changes are needed

Knowing I am saved

Having a regular prayer time

Being consistent in Bible study

Having victory over sinful habits

Loving other believers

Having concern for unbelievers

We cannot live in complete obedience to God by ourselves. We need power beyond us. That is why we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit. When follow His control in all of our decisions, it is possible to live a life pleasing to God.

As a result of this lesson, ask yourself this question. Have I yielded the control of my will to God?

The cost is surrender.
The condition is obedience.

When the Holy Spirit entered my life,
I received all of Him.
To be filled with His Spirit,
He needs all of me.

7. Write a prayer expressing your desire to live a life filled with God’s Holy Spirit. . . . .


Since the prayer in Question 7 is personal, it is not necessary for them to share, unless they desire to do so


Heavenly Father, We are so thankful for the provision You have made for us to stay in a right relationship with You. Thank You for giving us the power to live a life that is pleasing to You. Help us realize what we are withholding from Your control. We want to be totally Yours. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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Weekly Bible Verse Readings -SESSION #16

During the week at home read the Bible verses given below and write out the verse which you consider to be the most important in each reading. Try to memorize a Bible Verse each day come back next session ready to recall the Memory Verse.

1 •  Galatians 5:16-26

16 So I say, live by the Holy Spirit's power. Then you will not do what your desires controlled by sin want you to do. 17 The desires controlled by sin do not want what the Spirit delights in. And the Spirit does not want what the desires controlled by sin delight in. The two are at war with each other. That's why you are not supposed to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the authority of the law.

19 The result of sin's control in our lives is clear. It includes sexual sins, impure acts and wild living. 20 It includes worshiping statues of gods and worshiping evil powers. It also includes hatred and fighting, jealousy and fits of anger. Sinful desire is interested only in getting ahead. It stirs up trouble. It separates people into their own little groups. 21 It wants what others have. It gets drunk and takes part in wild parties. It does many things of that kind. I warn you now as I did before. People who live like this will not receive God's kingdom.

22 But the fruit the Holy Spirit produces is love, joy and peace. It is being patient, kind and good. It is being faithful 23 and gentle and having control of oneself. There is no law against things of that kind. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed their sinful desires to his cross. They don't want these things anymore. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become proud. Let us not make each other angry. Let us not want what belongs to others.


2 •  Romans 6:1-11

1 What should we say then? Should we keep on sinning so that God's grace can increase? 2 Not at all! As far as sin is concerned, we are dead. So how can we keep on sinning? 3 All of us were baptized into Christ Jesus. Don't you know that we were baptized into his death? 

4 By being baptized, we were buried with Christ into his death. Christ has been raised from the dead by the Father's glory. And like Christ we also can live a new life.

5 By being baptized, we have been joined with him in a death like his. So we will certainly also be joined with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that what we used to be was nailed to the cross with him. That happened so our bodies that were ruled by sin would lose their power. So we are no longer slaves of sin. 7 That's because those who have died have been set free from sin.

8 We died with Christ. So we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ was raised from the dead and will never die again. Death doesn't control him anymore. 10 When he died, he died once and for all time. He did this to break the power of sin. Now that he lives, he lives in the power of God.

11 In the same way, consider yourselves to be dead as far as sin is concerned. Now you believe in Christ Jesus. So consider yourselves to be alive as far as God is concerned. 


3 •  Romans 6:12-19

12 So don't let sin rule your body, which is going to die. Don't obey its evil desires. 13 Don't give any part of yourself to serve sin. Don't let any part of yourself be used to do evil. Instead, give yourselves to God. You have been brought from death to life. So give every part of yourself to God to do what is right. 14 Sin will no longer control you like a master. That's because the law does not rule you. God's grace has set you free.

15 What should we say then? Should we sin because we are not ruled by the law but by God's grace? Not at all! 16 Don't you know that when you give yourselves to obey someone you become that person's slave? If you are slaves of sin, then you will die. But if you are slaves who obey God, then you will live a godly life. 17 You used to be slaves of sin. But thank God that with your whole heart you obeyed the teachings you were given! 18 You have been set free from sin. You have become slaves to right living.

19 Because you are human, you find this hard to understand. So I am using an everyday example to help you understand. You used to give yourselves to be slaves to unclean living. You were becoming more and more evil. Now give yourselves to be slaves to right living. Then you will become holy. 


4 •  Romans 6:20-23

20 Once you were slaves of sin. At that time right living did not control you. 21 What benefit did you gain from doing the things you are now ashamed of? Those things lead to death! 22 You have been set free from sin. God has made you his slaves. The benefit you gain leads to holy living. And the end result is eternal life. 23 When you sin, the pay you get is death. But God gives you the gift of eternal life. That's because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done.


5 •  Romans 8:5-8

5 So don't live under the control of sin. If you do, you will think about what sin wants. Live under the control of the Holy Spirit. If you do, you will think about what the Spirit wants. 6 The thoughts of a person ruled by sin bring death. But the mind ruled by the Spirit brings life and peace. 7 The mind ruled by the power of sin is at war with God. It does not obey God's law. It can't. 8 Those who are under the power of sin can't please God.


6 •  Romans 8:9-17

9 But you are not ruled by the power of sin. Instead, the Holy Spirit rules over you. This is true if the Spirit of God lives in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Christ. 10 If Christ lives in you, you will live. Though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life. The Spirit does this because you have been made right with God. 11 The Spirit of the God who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you.

So the God who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your bodies. He will do this because of his Spirit who lives in you.

12 Brothers and sisters, we have a duty. Our duty is not to live under the power of sin. 13 If you live under the power of sin, you will die. But by the Spirit's power you can put to death the sins you commit. Then you will live.

14 Those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 The Spirit you received doesn't make you slaves. Otherwise you would live in fear again. Instead, the Holy Spirit you received made you God's adopted child. By the Spirit's power we call God Abba. Abba means Father. 16 The Spirit himself joins with our spirits. Together they tell us that we are God's children. 17 As his children, we will receive all that he has for us. We will share what Christ receives. But we must share in his sufferings if we want to share in his glory.


7 •  Romans 8:26-30

26 In the same way, the Holy Spirit helps us when we are weak. We don't know what we should pray for. But the Spirit himself prays for us. He prays through groans too deep for words. 27 God, who looks into our hearts, knows the mind of the Spirit. And the Spirit prays for God's people just as God wants him to pray.

28 We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. He appointed them to be saved in keeping with his purpose. 29 God planned that those he had chosen would become like his Son. In that way, Christ will be the first and most honored among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those God has planned for, he has also appointed to be saved. Those he has appointed, he has made right with himself. To those he has made right with himself, he has given his glory.


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