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Where is the Holy Spirit Series - Lesson #3

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The Holy Spirit in the LIfe of Christ

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 children arrive get them to colour the colouring pages and visual aids that will be used during the session.

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1. WELCOME GAME for the Junior Youth: (10 minutes)

2. TEAM GAMES for the Junior Youth: (10 minutes)

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS (10 minutes)

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)

Optional: Download 'Welcome Holy Spirit' Worship Music video



a. Review:

Remember what the role of the Holy Spirit was in the Old Testament. The Holy Spirit created all people, we read that in Genesis.

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The Holy Spirit was in the Old Testament enabled them by giving them supernatural strength.

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You learnt David rejected the flesh and put his hope in the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the key for every man who would face and defeat his Goliath.

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Review Weekly Bible Verse Readings - LESSON #2

At home you read the Bible verses given below; you were reminded that we fight and defeat Goliath when we face Him in the power of the Holy Spirit. These verses reveal a very telling truth about David's confidence to defeat Goliath. Lets discuss each passage.

1. 1 Samuel 17:33-37


David rejected the armor of Saul. Saul's armor didn't fit the man of God. David took off the armor of Saul and picked up his slingshot and his shepherd's staff. These were the weapons that David used to fight the lion and the bear and these were the weapons that God had been pleased to use in manifesting His victory.

2. 1 Samuel 17:38-39


David's confidence was in God not in himself.

3. 1 Samuel 17: 45-47 


David rejected the flesh and put his hope in the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the key for every man who would face and defeat his Goliath.

4. Jeremiah 17:5-8


We can defeat Goliath when we turn from trusting in our flesh and yield ourselves to the Spirit's control and trust in His power and provision.

We either trust in ourselves or we trust in God. We either live in the flesh or we live in Spirit.

5. Galatians 5:16-18


The key to living in the power of the Holy Spirit is to acknowledge we cannot do it on our own and to fully surrender to Jesus Christ.

Paul pens this to the church in Rome.

6. Romans 7:23-8:4

Every man struggles with Goliath because every man has an external enemy, the devil and every man has an internal enemy, the flesh. The flesh rebels against God and asserts self on the throne. The flesh can be religious or it can be pagan but either way it does not submit to God nor honor Jesus Christ. To defeat Goliath in the power of the Holy Spirit we must dethrone the flesh. We must choose to surrender to the Holy Spirit and ask Jesus to empower us and live His resurrection life through us.


Paul gives the Corinthians a perspective on understanding how men can either receive or reject the Holy Spirit's work.

7. 1 Corinthians 2:10-3:3

How has this teaching impacted you?


b. Sword Play
Ready…Swords up…John 6:63… CHARGE

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

John 6:63

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c. Teach the Lesson

The Holy Spirit in the Life of Christ

1. The New Testament reveals that the Holy Spirit had an active and vital role in the life of Christ. Match the following verses with the role of the Spirit in the life of Christ.

Luke 4:16-18. . . . .

16  So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17  And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

18  "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19  To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord ."

Luke 4:1. . . ..

Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

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Romans 8:11. . . . .

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.

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Acts 1:1-2. . . . .

1The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2  until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,

Matthew 1:18-21. . . .

18  Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19  Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20  But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21  And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus , for He will save His people from their sins."

a.Christ’s physical conception was by the Holy Spirit.

b.Jesus was filled and led by the Spirit of God.

c.Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit to preach, heal the sick and the blind, and deliver and care for the oppressed.

d. Jesus was raised from the dead by God’s Spirit.

e. After His resurrection, Jesus instructed His apostles through the Holy Spirit.

These verses tell us that the Holy Spirit had a definite leadership role in Jesus’ life. Although Jesus had the power within Himself to fulfill the ministry God gave Him, Jesus lived His earthly life under the control of the Holy Spirit. He was living as a man and showing us how God plans for us to live. As the Spirit guided Jesus, He will guide and enable us to live as Christians if we allow Him to.

The Holy Spirit’s Role in Writing the Bible

2. We are told how the Bible was written in 2 Peter 1:21. . . . .

For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

a.Who told the men who wrote the Bible what to write?. . . . .
(The Holy Spirit)

b.From whom did the message come?. . . . . (God)

The Holy Spirit controlled those who wrote the books of the Bible. See what Paul, the writer of the books of Corinthians,

Read 1 Corinthians 2:13-14 . . . . .

13  These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14  But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The Holy Spirit taught Paul what to teach. Did the Holy Spirit give Paul the words or just the ideas he was to write about?. . . . . (The Holy Spirit gave him the very words.)

Who gave the Holy Spirit the words? The answer is found in the verse in Question 2. . . . . (God)

That is the reason we call the Bible God’s Word. The Holy Spirit had men write the words God said.

The Bible is the only book
whose author is present
whenever it is read.

Explain what this statement means. . . . .

(The Holy Spirit, the author of the Bible, is present when the Bible is read.)

The Holy Spirit in Our Lives

3. Each of the following verses reveals some phase of the Holy Spirit’s work in our salvation. Match the verse with the correct statement.

Galatians 3:27

27  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Romans 8:15

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."

2 Corinthians 3:18

18  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

16  Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17  If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.


63  It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

a. God’s life-giving Spirit gives spiritual life. (John 6:63). . . . .

b.God’s Spirit that lives in you tells you that you are God’s child. (Romans 8:15). . . . .

c.The Holy Spirit baptizes you into union with Christ when you are saved.
(Galatians 3:27). . . . .

d.God’s Spirit living in you makes you God’s temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17) . . . . .

e.The Spirit of the Lord transforms our lives to reflect the Lord’s glory.
(2 Corinthians 3:18). . . . .


Select a situation in your life for which you desire the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Express your need and then write a prayer asking God’s Holy Spirit to give the guidance you need. . . . .


Suggest they share their prayer with the group to encourage accountability

After their prayers, compose your own prayer or use the following to close the session.


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Weekly Bible Verse Readings - LESSON #3

Print 'Weekly Bible Verse Readings', one for each youth to take home.

Read the Bible verses given below and copy the verse which you consider to be the most important in each reading.

1. John 3:1-13

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, " Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him."

3 Jesus answered and said to him,  "Most assuredly, I say to you,   unless one is born   again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

4 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"

5 Jesus answered,  " Most assuredly, I say to you,   unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  6  That which is born of the flesh is   flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  7  Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'  8  The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."

9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, " How can these things be?"

10 Jesus answered and said to him,  " Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?  11  Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and   you do not receive Our witness.  12  If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?  13  No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man   who is in heaven."  


2. John 3:14-21

14  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so   must the Son of Man be lifted up,  15  that whoever   believes in Him should   not perish but   have eternal life.  16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten   Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  

17  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18  "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  19  And this is the condemnation,   that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.   20  For   everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.  21  But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been   done in God."


3. Acts 1:1-11

 1 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, 3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father,  "which,"  He said,  "you have   heard from Me;  5  for John truly baptized with water,   but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."  6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"  7 And He said to them,  " It is not for you to   know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.  8  But you shall receive power   when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and   you shall be   witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and   Samaria, and to the   end of the earth."

9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.  10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said:

"Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."


4. Acts 2:1-13

2  When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them [ b ]divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. 7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, "Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs-we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God."  12 So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "Whatever could this mean?"

13 Others mocking said, " They are full of new wine ."


5. Acts 2:14-21

14  But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. 

15  For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.  16  But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17  'And   it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and   your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
18  And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophesy.
19  I will show wonders in heaven above
And signs in the earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
20  The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the   Lord . 21  And it shall come to pass
That  whoever calls on the name of the   Lord
Shall be saved.'


6. Acts 2:36-39

36 " Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."

37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?"

38 Then Peter said to them,  "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call."


7•  Acts 2:40-42

40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying , "Be saved from this perverse generation."  41 Then those who [ m ]gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 

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NEXT WEEK: We will learn more about the guidance and enabling of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives. We will establish a personal plan for prayer and Bible study. You will learn to realize freedom from the domination of sin by the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives


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