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Where is the Holy Spirit Series - Lesson #8

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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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This week we’re going to learn about the third fruit, peace. True peace comes when we remember that God is on our team.

Prayer: Father, teach us how to grow that seed of peace that You placed in our hearts the day we asked You to be Lord of our lives. Help us to nurture that seed of peace like we did our Moringa 3 months ago, cultivate it with love and joy. Amen

1. JUNIOR YOUTH GAMES: (10 minutes)

a. Guess how many Peace Badges I have in my left hand.

b. Guess which hand I am holding a 'Peace Badge', all those who think it is in my left hand come and stand on my left side, all those who think it is in my right hand come and stand on my right side. Eliminate the incorrect side, and repeat the game.

Optional: Download 'Peace Badge'


2. JUNIOR YOUTH TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)

Organize Junior Youth into two teams for an unfair game of 'Tug of War'. Place all the bigger and stronger Youths on one side and the younger Junior Youth on the other side. Who do you think will win?

Why? [Then join the younger, weaker team, get other adults to help and make sure they win!] Did the game turn out the way you expected? Why not? Sometimes we get worried when a problem seems too big. We may panic if we forget God is on our team.

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS (10 minutes)

Optional: Download 'I’ve got peace like a river' music video, lyrics and sheet music.

I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul, Repeat

I’ve got joy like a fountain, I’ve got joy like a fountain,
I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul, Repeat

I’ve got love like an ocean, I’ve got love like an ocean,
I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul, Repeat

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP (5 minutes)

Optional:Download 'Let the peace of God reign' worship music video and lyrics


a. Weekly Bible Verse Readings Review- SESSION #7

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 •  John 15:9-17

( If you keep Jesus' commandments what will you do?)

....... (You will abide in His love)

(What is Jesus' commandment?)

......(That you love one another as He loved you)

( Jesus no longer calls us servants, because servant do not know what his master is doing, what does He call us?)

........( I have called you friends,   for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.)

2 •  Romans 15:13

(How do we abound in hope?)

.......( By the power of the Holy Spirit.)

3 •  1 John 1:1-4

(How will your joy may be full.?)

.........( When you have fellowship with other believers; whose fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.)

4 •  Psalm 16:9-11

(What do you experience in God's presence?)

.......(Fullness of joy)

(What is at His right hand ?)

.......(Pleasures forevermore)

5 •  1 Peter 1:8-9

Memorize:  Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith-the salvation of your souls.

6 •  Colossians 1:9-14

(Paul prayed without ceasing for the Colossians, what did he ask God to do?)

.......... (To fill them with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding)

Read again this powerful prayer

7 •  3 John 1: 2-4

(How did John pray?)

........(That we may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.)

(What brought John the  greatest joy?)

.....(To hear that his spiritual children walked in truth.)

a. Lesson Review

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Optional: Fruit of the Spirit theme song

Last week we learnt there is a difference between joy and happiness. What is happiness based on? (“happenings,”) Joy is a deep inner experience not determined by circumstance. The joy of the Lord is our strength.

Can you give me examples of:
1. Fleeting happiness (Blowing bubbles, playing ball, skipping etc)
2. Lasting joy (Praising God even in hard times, when we are unpopular, being called names)

Do you think that money will bring you happiness? (No) Once you spend it, it is gone, and you still don't have happiness. Remember many people who are laughing on the outside are crying on the inside.

Optional: Download 'Joy, joy, joy.' Review Joy music video with lyrics

b. Junior Youth Sword Play
Ready…Swords up… John 14:27… CHARGE!

My peace I leave with you; (Give out a peace badge) my peace I give you. (Give out a peace badge) I do not give to you as the world gives. (Snatch the badge back) Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (Hold your heart and tremble like you are afraid)

John 14:27

Give each Junior Youth a Peace Badge

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b. Youth Bible Memory Verse

27  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

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c. Teach the Lesson (15 minutes)

Prayer: Father God, I often find myself overwhelmed by circumstances that are beyond my control, and I am easily distracted by things that don't matter. Please forgive me for not consistently placing my trust in You. Even when I am faced with intense situations,  You are still with me. You are the Creator of peace, and I can have access to Your peace-filled presence whenever I draw near to You. So instead of silencing Your Holy Spirit when I start to feel anxious or discouraged,  help me to make room in my heart and mind to experience the peace You freely give. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Prayers to Help You Cultivate the Fruit of the Spirit

When we think of peace, we usually think of no more fighting or war. That is right, but the peace of the Spirit is a bit different. Peace is the quietness that Jesus gives you deep in your heart even when you’re in the middle of a trial. This is the peace we get when we get to know God really well (by reading the Bible, praying, asking questions, etc). If we have this peace we will feel a calmness inside relaxed or unruffled no matter what happens. We know that all our sins are confessed and that God forgives us and loves us and has given us the free gift of eternal life. God’s gift of peace is not a feeling anymore than love or joy is simply a feeling.

What robs you of peace? Worry is one of the biggest peace robbers of all times! Knowing that your parents don’t have enough money to pay for food can make us worry. Worry robs of us our peace. When we’re worried we’re thinking about ourselves and the problem we’re having. To stop worrying, we need to get our eyes off ourselves and to remember that God has everything under control. Having true inner peace with God helps us remember that He is bigger than our problems. He can handle every situation. Knowing God and believing and trusting in His love and care for you, will give you peace on the inside.

Fear is another big peace robber. Storms may scare us. Hearing our parents fighting or argue can make us afraid. I must confess that when I was a child, I was afraid of the dark. I wanted to know that I was not alone in the darkness. That is where my Teddy Bear and Dolly came to the rescue. The darkness was not so frightening with "Teddy" in the bed with me. Now I have Jesus no need to fear.

Can you tell me some of the things you are afraid of? (Dark, bugs, bees, snakes, heights, fire, dogs, mice, witch doctors, bullies at school, sickness)

When Jesus told his disciples that he was going to return to his Father, they were afraid. What would happen to them? Would the enemies recognize them as his followers and try to harm them?

Isaiah 26:3 promises that God will keep in perfect peace all who trust in Him, all whose thoughts or minds are fixed on Him! So when you are worried or afraid, instead of thinking about your problems, keep your mind on God—His love, His power, and the fact that He is always with you.

When Jesus returned to his Father heaven, He asked the Father to send the Holy Spirit to comfort his disciples until the day when he returned. That includes you and me! What a wonderful gift Jesus has given us -- peace of mind and heart. We no longer have anything to fear. Whenever we find ourselves in the dark or in the storms of life, Jesus is with us.

When we have a disagreement with someone, it is our natural human nature to want to come out on top, to be right, rather than to come to a peaceful settlement, isn’t it? Often, we are quick to stir up an argument rather than to help make peace, right? But peace is a fruit of God’s Holy Spirit living in us. As we remember that God has made peace with us because of what Jesus did on the cross, His Spirit brings peace within us. Having that true inner peace with God is essential to having peace with others. Peace is such an amazing result of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives! The devil would like our days filled with worry and stress and fear. Biblical peace is completely opposite of all of these feelings! It is the absence of stress, worry, fear, and chaos. It is the resting and quieting of our souls before God as we remember who He is and trust in Him completely.

Let the children come with their Peace Badges to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

CLOSING PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we thank you for the Holy Spirit who guides us and calms our fears. Thank You for what You did for us on the cross so that we can have peace with You. Now encourage us to do all we can to live in peace with everyone. Help us to put others first. And, when worrisome fear come into our lives, help us to always remember that You are on our team! We pray for peace in our country and we pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all Israel-a cry that will find its ultimate fulfilment in the  Sar Shalom -The Prince of Peace, Yeshua Himself. We pray these thing in His name our soon coming King. Amen


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


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Weekly Bible Verse Readings - LESSON #8

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

Read the Bible verses given below and memorize one verse per day to share in the next session.

1. Romans 5:1-5

1Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2  through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3  And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4  and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 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.


2. Ephesians 2:14-18

14  For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15  having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16  and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17  And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18  For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.


3. Matthew 11: 28-30

25  At that time Jesus answered and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. 26  Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. 27  All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 28  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."


4. John 16:31-33

31  Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe? 32  Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 33  These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."


5. Psalm 4: 6-8

There are many who say,
"Who will show us any good?"
Lord , lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.
7  You have put gladness in my heart,
More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.
8  I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord , make me dwell in safety.


6. Isaiah 32:17-18

17  The work of righteousness will be peace,
And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
18  My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation,
In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places,


7. Isaiah 52:7

7  How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
"Your God reigns!"


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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 abou patience this is the will to endure and put up with others without complaining. Patience involves endurance and mercy.

Patience is a quality of God we appreciate. God, who has been so patient with us, is willing for His Holy Spirit to give us His patience whenever we ask Him.

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