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Where is the Holy Spirit Series - Lesson #17

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Enjoying the

Presence of God

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)

(10 minutes)

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP (5 minutes)

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a. Lesson Review

Last lesson we learn the necessity of allowing the Holy Spirit to live in and through us. We realized that the victorious Christian life comes through the filling of God’s Spirit and we understood why obedience and yieldedness are necessary for the Holy Spirit’s filling

a. Weekly Bible Verse Readings Review- SESSION #16

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 •  Galatians 5:16-26

(If you live by the Holy Spirit's power how will your life be controlled?)

......... (You will not do what your desires controlled by sin want you to do.)

(What are some of the sin's that maybe once controlled you?)

.........(These may not apply to you but some might! Sexual sins, impure acts and wild living.  Hatred and fighting, jealousy and fits of anger. Getting drunk and takes part in wild parties. People who live like this will not receive God's kingdom.)

(What are the fruit the Holy Spirit?)

.........( Love, joy and peace, patient, kindness and goodness, being faithful and gentle and having control of oneself.)


2 •  Romans 6:1-11

(What are you now we dead to?)


(If by being baptized, we have been joined with him in a death like his, what can we expect?)

..... ..(We will be joined with him in a resurrection like his)

(If we died with Christ what is our promise?)

........ (We believe that we will also live with him.)


3 •  Romans 6:12-19

(Now that sin will no longer control you like a master, although  you used to be slaves of sin what are you now?)

.........( You have been set free from sin. You have become slaves to right living.)


4 •  Romans 6:20-23

(Now you have been set free from sin. God has made you his slaves what are the benefit you gain?)

..........(It leads to holy living and the end result is eternal life.)

( Remember  when you sin, the pay you get is death, but what does God want to pay you with?)

............ ( the gift of eternal life.)


....... ...(Because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done on the cross)


5 •  Romans 8:5-8

(If you live under the control of the Holy Spirit how does it affect your life?)

........... (You will think about what the Spirit wants, your mind now ruled by the Spirit brings life and peace.)


6 •  Romans 8:9-17

(If the Spirit of God lives in you then you belong to Christ how does that make you feel?) 

(Because the Spirit of the God who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you what will God do to your body?)

.........( So the God who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your bodies.)

(Who leads children of God?)

..........(The Spirit of God )

(Because the Holy Spirit you received made you God's adopted child. What do you now call God?)

...........(By the Spirit's power we call God Abba, which means Father, or Daddy)

(As his children, what will we receive?)

..........(All that God has for us.)

(What must we be prepared to do if we want to share all that Christ receives?)

.......... (We must share in his sufferings if we want to share in his glory.)


7 •  Romans 8:26-30

(When does the Holy Spirit help us?)

...........( When we are weak.)

Memorize this Bible Verse:

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. 


b. Junior Youth Sword Play

Ready…Swords up…Romans 8:1 … CHARGE!

1There 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.  Romans 8:1

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c. Teach the Lesson (15 minutes)

Enjoying the
Presence of God

Purpose of the Lesson
• Learn what the Bible says about how to live the normal Christian life
• Review the unique and awesome characteristics of our Mighty God
• Experience the joy of being completely surrendered to the Heavenly Father


Almighty God, What a holy and powerful God You are. Thank You for the Lord Jesus Christ, who reveals Your love and great salvation. Thank You for the Holy Spirit who is with us moment by moment. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Encourage the group to share the verses from their Bible reading which helped them the most.

Guide’s Comments

One of the striking characteristics of a person who really knows God is the fact that he or she is different from those who do not know God.

Not all Christians would measure up to the Christian behavior we read about this week. The Bible says such behavior is to be predominate in our Christian lives because of the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Every part of life is affected when we are aware of God’s presence in our lives.

During the past weeks, we have studied about the gift that God has provided.

1. Who has God provided for all of those who put their trust in Him, so they can live normal Christian lives? . . . . . (the indwelling Holy Spirit)

We need to ask ourselves if we really understand why God gave us the Holy Spirit. Until we do, we will have difficulty in allowing God to have His way with us. If we could live a consistent Christian life with our own power, it would not have been necessary for God to send the Holy Spirit.

2. Jesus explained how the Holy Spirit can accomplish the impossible things God has planned for us to do. . . .

Optional: Download 'John 15: 1' Bible Verse Visual Aid.

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener."

The Juniior Youth can colouring these Visual Aids on arrival in the class to be used to assist to teach the lesson.

Read John 15:2-8

2  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4  Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

5  "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6  If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8  This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

The life that flows from the vine to the branch is made available to us by the (Holy Spirit).

The branch does not struggle and put forth great effort. It grows and bears fruit by simply (remaining) connected to the vine.

We remain connected to the vine by maintaining meaningful fellowship with God. We will stay in contact with Him through reading the Bible, praying, listening to His guidance, and obeying His revealed will.

As we maintain unbroken fellowship with God, we remain in His presence. When we perform our daily tasks, we find ourselves in conversation with His Spirit because the line of communication is always open.

The better we know God through His Word, the Bible, the more we trust Him. We will grow in faith as we become familiar with God’s Word because faith comes by hearing the Word of God. The more we dialogue with Him, the more we understand His will. How do we dialogue with God?. . . . . (God speaks to us through the Bible. We speak to Him through prayer.)

One of the goals for this study was to establish a regular time to read the Bible. Whether we have read every day, several days a week, or only on one day, the purpose was to establish a regular time to listen to what God has to say.

Listening to God speak through His Word is a great way to remain in fellowship with God. Just as being connected to the vine means life to the branches, our spiritual life is alive because we are connected to Jesus Christ. We become unproductive branches when we hinder the Holy Spirit from flowing through our lives.

Hindering the Holy Spirit

3. How do we hinder the Holy Spirit?
Acts 7:51 . . . . .

51  "You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit!

(We resist Him by our stubbornness and failure to hear Him.)

1 Thessalonians 5:19-22. . . . .

19  Do not quench the Spirit. 20  Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21  but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22  reject every kind of evil.
(We restrain the Spirit by despising and ignoring His messages.)

Isaiah 63:10 . . . . .

10  Yet they rebelled
and grieved his Holy Spirit.
So he turned and became their enemy
and he himself fought against them.

(We rebel and grieve Him by not recognizing His care and provision.)

Acts 5:3 . . . . .

3  Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? "

(We can lie to Him.)

How can we keep from hindering what the Holy Spirit is telling us? . . . . .
(When we continue to remain in fellowship with Him by reading the Bible, praying, listening, and obeying step by step.)

Sometimes, fear and doubt keep us from hearing what the Holy Spirit is revealing to us about God’s will for our lives.

4. When you are making a decision, how can you know when the Holy Spirit is leading you? Match the correct letter after the corresponding verse.

a. Your conscience does not accuse you.
b. God’s Word confirms your decision.
c. Circumstances that are beyond your control affirm it.
d. You have peace in your heart.

(d) Philippians 4:6-7. . . . .

4  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

(a) Romans 2:15. . . . .

15  They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.

(c) 1 Samuel 10:7. .

7  Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you. . . .

(b) 2 Timothy 3:16. . . . .

16  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

To review—look at the four important things that confirm the Holy Spirit’s leading in our decision-making. We have peace in our hearts, it’s in harmony with God’s Word, our conscience agrees, and circumstances confirm it.

5. When you become a Christian, your life is greatly enlarged by the new identity you gain. Name your new identity and describe in your own words how this fact applies to your life.

My new identity

How this applies
to my life

1 John 3:1 . . . . .
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!

(I am a child of God.)

(I reveal this through my righteous conduct.)
John 15:15b . . . . .
I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you
(I am a friend of God.)

(I will spend time with Him.)

Philippians 3:20...... But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,

(I am a citizen of heaven.)
(While I live as a good citizen in an imperfect world, I look forward to living forever in heaven where everything is perfect.)
Ephesians 3:12 . . . . In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

(I am in union with Christ.)

(I have permission to approach God.)
1 Corinthians 6:19a . Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit,
(I am the temple of God.)
(I will not live to please myself. Instead I will give myself to God for His use only.)

After their answers are given, if time permits, you may summarize the discussion by reading the answers given in the last two columns.

All these blessings result in a life that is full of joy because we have a vital, meaningful relationship with God. This freedom gives us the ability to enjoy being in God’s presence. We look forward to our times of fellowship with Him.

Such a life is powerful. But it is also a life that is tested. Do not be surprised when trials and hardships come your way

. Read James 1:2-5. . . . .

2  Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5  If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.


God wants our wholehearted love. What greater use could there be for our life than to give it completely for God’s purposes! He is worthy of all we are and have. He is worthy of our praise!

Write a prayer of praise to God for the changes that God’s Word has produced in your life. Ask God for continued growth in areas you realize need improvement. . . . .


What an awesome idea, our Father, to think that we are becoming more like Your Son, Jesus Christ! Thank You that You never give up on us, but You have given us Your Holy Spirit to guide us. Continue keeping us close to You, even after our study is over. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Optional: DownloadTake Home Bible Verse available for the Youth and can be downloaded from this website.

Weekly Bible Verse Readings -SESSION #17

Read the Bible verses given below write the reference of the verse which helped you the most in each of the passages. Try to memorize a Bible Verse per day.

1 •  Romans 7:14-25

14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God-through Jesus Christ our Lord!


2 •  Romans 8:1-17

1There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who[ a ] 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. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 

7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors-not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, " Abba, Father."  16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs-heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.


3 •  Colossians 3:1-17

1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.

8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.


4 •  Romans 12:1-8

1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your [ b ]reasonable service. 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.

3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.


5 •  Romans 12:9-21

9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation.

Continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, 

"Vengeance  is  Mine, I will repay,"  says the Lord. 20 Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head."

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


6 •  Romans 15:1-10

1We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to [ b ]edification. 3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me." 4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the [ c ]patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. 5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, 6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

7 Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received [ d ]us, to the glory of God. 8 Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a [ e ]servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers, 9 and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written:

"For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles, And sing to Your name."


7. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.   10 That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

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NEXT WEEK: Learn about the 'Armor of God' so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. You will learn about the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness and some very special shoes! You will be taught about the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

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