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Where is the Holy Spirit Series Lesson #6

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Fruit of the 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. GAMES: (10 minutes)

LOVE HUNT: Prior to the lesson cut out the ‘Jesus Loves Me’ hearts and hide them around the area. Tell the Junior Youth the boundaries of the 'hunt area' and give them a time limit once they have found a heart they must return to their seat.

Optional: Download 'Jesus loves me.' hearts

2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
: Divide the youth into two teams and each team will have a blank poster to run to. When it is their turn, they will run to the poster and write the word 'LOVE is .... ' with a marker. Continue running back and forth until time is up. The team that writes the definition of LOVE on their poster the most times will be the winner!



3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS (10 minutes)

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP (5 minutes)

Optional:Download 'Love the Lord with all your heart' lyrics, music sheets and worship music video

Optional:Download 'Love each other' lyrics and worship music video


a. Review:

Weekly Bible Verse Readings Review - SESSION #5

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? Here are a few questions to test if you fully understood the readings.

1. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

The Greatest Gift

(Out of faith, hope and love which is the greatest of these?)

............. (The greatest of these is love. )

2. Romans 8:1-8

Free from Indwelling Sin

Fill in the blanks.

( The Spirit of life in ------ -----, has made me ---- from the law of ---- and -----

---------- 8: ---

..................( Christ Jesus, free, sin, death. Romans 8:2)

3. Romans 8:9-17

(If we are led by the Spirit of God, what do we become?)

.................(The sons of God)

(What does " Abba, Father" mean in our language?)

...................(Daddy, Pa Pa, BaBa)

4. 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

(Select your favourite verse and write it here)


5. Galatians 5:16-26

Walking in the Spirit

(List some of the works of the flesh)

.............. ( adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,   idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,  envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries)

(List the fruit of the Spirit)

.............. ( love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  23  gentleness, self-control.)  

6. Memorize Romans 15:13

13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


7. 2 Peter 1:5-9

(What did Peter recommend be added to your faith?)

................ (Virtue and knowledge, self-control and perseverance plus godliness and brotherly kindness and most of all love.)


Optional: Download Review 'Fruit of the Spirit' music video and lyrics


b. Junior Youth Sword Play
Ready…Swords up… Matthew 22:37.… CHARGE!

'Love (hug yourself) the Lord your God (raise hand and praise God) with all your heart (make a big heart shape on your chest) and with all your soul and with all your mind.' (hold your head)

Matthew 22:37 (Raise 2 fingers twice, then 3 fingers, and 7 fingers)

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b. Youth Bible Memory Verse

"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."

Matthew 22:37

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c. Teach the lesson:

J. Sidlow Baxter, an English Bible teacher and conference speaker, said the first three fruits are inner attitudes concerning ourselves. The next three concern others. They are actions looking outward. The last three are applications which look upward. They are the first essentials of godliness. These three groups cover all the relationships of life.


It is appropriate that love is listed first—for love is the greatest quality.

We were told this in the last session.

Read 1 Corinthians 13:13. . . . .

13  And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

To love in all of life’s relationships is the way to obey the commandments of God.

Read Matthew 22:34-40. . . . .

34  But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35  Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36  "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?"

37  Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38  This is the first and great commandment. 39  And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 40  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."

The Holy Spirit is love. He produces love in God’s children.

Love is not only an attitude, it is an action and also an application. Love is not limited to emotions or feelings. It is an action, motivated by a person’s will.

Read Romans 12:9-10. . . . .

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;

Love is a sacrifice—it costs. It includes action, giving of one’s self, time, attention, and service. But it is not impossible to love the way this
definition implies.

Read Romans 5:5. . . . . . .

5  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

God gives us His love by means of the Holy Spirit. This enables us to really love as He loves.

Optional: Downloads 'Fruit of the Spirit' video

Love: We are to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, soul and mind. This will enable us to show love by doing things for others and being nice to family, friends and pets.

God’s love is immeasurable

Read Ephesians 3:14-19

14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height- 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Object Lessons: Bring out some instruments that are used for measuring different things in life: a tape measure for length, width, and height, a watch to measure time, and a measuring cup for baking and cooking. Ultimately, in numerous parts of the Bible, it’s taught that God’s love is higher than the heavens (and wider/longer), that God’s love overflows for you (this is where you can use the measuring cup), and that God’s love will last eternally.

Optional: Download 'Fruit of the Spirit-LOVE' video

Love in action
Many people believe that love is a feeling or emotion. Yes, feelings and emotions are involved in love but the greatest part of love is action oriented. Love is a verb (what you do) more than a noun (a feeling). Love must be action and not just words,

The English word love has very broad meaning, but the Greek language was very precise. The love which the Holy Spirit manifests in believers is agape. This love is not a feeling, but a choice. It is the choice to be kind, to sacrifice, to consider another's needs greater than one's own.

Philippians 2:3-4

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Agape is used in all of the love verses in the New Testament:

"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends" John 15:13

"For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another" 1 John 6:35

"Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back" Luke 6:35

"For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome" 1 John 5:3

It is because of love that God carried out His plan to save the world:

The Bible says: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life"
John 3:16.

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The Fruit of the Holy Spirit - What is love? |

Imagine if Jesus, just before going to the cross, went to the garden and thought; I hate this feeling, I don’t feel like doing this, therefore I will base my decision upon what I feel. If that had happened, we’d all be hopelessly doomed to hell. The good news of course is that Jesus resisted and fought back His feelings and even though He prayed three times to have the cup removed, He was more interested in doing the will of the Father than what He felt like doing…thankfully. Jesus displayed His love by willingly going to the cross and dying for us. Love is not dependent upon feelings and emotions because feelings are one of the shallowest and most unreliable of all human emotions. Instead we must emphasize that love is a choice more than a feeling.

Love is a choice one has to make, not so much a feeling we choose to have. Is there any greater love than one that was displayed on the cross?

Jesus said that “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:12-13). The opposite of love is not hatred because in hatred there are at least some emotions but the opposite of love is indifference, not caring. We can show love to one another by putting others first and thinking of them more than ourselves, loving them like Christ loves us. After we learn His love for us and our love for Him can overflow into the people around us.

Words without Love.

Object lesson for Juniors: (Start crashing your pot lids together.)

“Did you like this music I’m playing on the cymbals?” “No? Hmmm. I don’t blame you. It’s a terrible sound isn’t it? It makes you cringe.” Paul explains that words without love are like a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal, just like these cymbals!
(Clang together two large metal pot lids)

He means that when we do a lot of talking without love we are really making just a terrible noise that no one wants to listen to. For example, if I say “Get out of the way, you fool, you are annoying me!.” It sounds like (Bash your cymbals.) No one wants to listen to that. However, when I’m acting in love my words will be a lot easier to listen.

(Play or get someone to sing a nice song)

Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a.

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

4  Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5  does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6  does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8  Love never fails.

Looking on the inside.
Object Lessons:

Optional: Download 'Framed picture of an African family' Visual aid

What am I holding in my hand? (Allow time for response.) Yes, this is a picture of an African family. I do not even know their names. I purchased the frame with the picture inside.
What can you tell me by looking at the picture? (Such as color of skin, hair, eyes, clothing).

But do you know the child's name? Do you know where he lives? If he has a brother or sister? Do you think he goes to school? We can guess, but we know very little about this child. Really the picture tells us very little. But there is someone who knows all about you.. Can someone tell me who that is? (Pause) Yes, that person is Jesus. God knows all about us. We may only see what is on the outside what others see. But God sees what is on the inside. He knows what we are thinking. He knows the thoughts in our heart. And Jesus loves you -- and He loves me that is how we can love others.

Invite the Junior Youth to bring their little heart to the altar to lay them at the foot of Jesus and thank Him for His immeasurable love. Let them talk about a time when they really felt loved. Pray and ask Him to help us to love as he has commanded us, love in action, helping us to speak kind, loving words, always looking at the inside instead of on the outside judging people.

Let youth stand in a heart shape, holding hands and pray

CLOSING PRAYER"Heavenly Father, help us to love you with all of our heart and to love our neighbours as we love ourselves. Thank you for always loving us and allowing us to share that love with everyone we meet. Help us always to walk in your love so that our words will a beautiful sound and an encouragement to others. Amen."

Prayers to Help You Cultivate the Fruit of the Spirit


Optional: DownloadActivity Book available for the children and can be downloaded from this website.

DownloadTake Home Bible Track'

DownloadTake Home Games'

These should be photocopied prior to the Session and available to take home.

"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."

Matthew 22:37

Optional: DOWNLOAD Bible Verse Visual Aid

Weekly Bible Verse Readings - LESSON #6

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, try and memorize it so you can recall it in the next session.

1. 1 John 4: 1-6

Love for God and One Another

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. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.


2. 1 John 4: 7-11

Knowing God Through Love

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.


3. 1 John 4: 12-16

Seeing God Through Love

12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 

13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.


4. 1 John 4: 17-19

The Consummation of Love

17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us.


5. Romans 13: 8-10

Love Your Neighbor

8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments,  "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal,"   "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet,"  and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely,  "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.


6. Mark 12: 29-31

29 Jesus answered him,  "The   first of all the commandments is:   'Hear, O Israel, the  Lord  our God, the  Lord  is one.  30  And you shall love the  Lord  your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.'   This is the first commandment.  31  And the second, like it, is this:   'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."


7. John 3:16-17

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.


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Bring back your 'Weekly Bible Verse Readings' so you can discuss your answers at the next session.

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Next session we will learn that joy is more than happiness. Happiness depends on our good fortune. We are happy when things are going our way, but our happiness disappears when the situation change, but the Joy of the Lord is our strength. As Christians, we have joy in our hearts in spite of circumstances. Our relationship with God is the foundation of our joy. Happiness ceases, but joy is unending.


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