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Where is the Holy Spirit Series - Lesson #9

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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 that patience is modelled by our God, is made possible through Christ, and is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.

1. YOUTH GAMES: (10 minutes)
Review Card Game

In class hold up the cards one by one and review each fruit and the Bible verse that goes along with the fruit. Give treats to any child that can remember all the verses.

Optional: Download 'Fruit of the Spirit' Review Card Visual Aid



2. JUNIOR YOUTH TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
In this game, one person plays the "traffic signal" and the rest try to touch him or her. At the start, all the children form a line about 15 feet away from the child acting as the “traffic signal.” The “traffic signal” faces away from the line of kids and says "green light.” At this point the kids are allowed to move towards the traffic signal child. At any point, the traffic signal may say "red light!" and turn around. The children must freeze in whatever position they are in. If any of the kids are caught moving after this has occurred, they are out. The children are kept waiting in this position for a while then play resumes when the stop light turns back around and says "green light.” The first player to touch the traffic signal wins the game and earns the right to be traffic signal for the next game.

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS (10 minutes)

Optional: Download ‘I am waiting on the Lord’ music video, use music sheet and lyrics.


4. INTIMATE WORSHIP (5 minutes)

Optional:Download 'Everlasting God' worship music video, music sheet and lyrics


a. Weekly Bible Verse Readings Review- SESSION #8

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. Romans 5:1-5

(Who do we have peace with God through?)

.............................(Lord Jesus Christ)

2. Ephesians 2:14-18

(Who is our peace?)


3. Matthew 11: 28-30

(Jesus told us to come to Him, all you who labor and are heavy laden, what will He give you?)


4. John 16:31-33

31  Jesus told His disciples "In Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

................(How does this make you feel?)

5. Psalm 4: 6-8

'We will lie down in peace, and sleep'

............................................ (Do you ever have problems sleeping?)

6. Isaiah 32:17-18

(Where will His people dwell?)

.................................... (In a peaceful habitation)

7. Isaiah 52:7

(Who has beautiful feet?)

................................(Those that brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation)


a. Lesson Review
Remember last week you to learnt about the third fruit which was? (Peace) True peace comes when we remember that God is on our team.

What robs you of peace? (Worry) 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.

What is another big peace robber? (Fear)

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.

Optional: Download 'Peace' Review video

b. Junior Youth Sword Play
Ready…Swords up.. James 5:7b… CHARGE!

"See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.”

James 5:7b

Optional: Download Junior Youth 'Bible Verse Visual Aid'

b. Youth Bible Memory Verse

James 5:7b-8

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c. Teach the Lesson (15 minutes)

Optional: Download 'Patience' teaching video

Object Lesson: Have a few oranges to pass out.. Take out a knife and slowly, slowly begin to slice up the oranges. Take your time! Lots of time! When you notice them becoming impatient, ask: “Can anyone tell me what patience is?” (Allow time for response and different ideas.) The dictionary tells us patience is the bearing of pain, misfortune, or annoyance without anger, irritation, or complaint. So patience is going through something very hard, or just something very annoying, without getting angry or complaining. “What is the opposite of patience?” (Impatience!) Did it make you irritated when I was taking so much time to pass out the orange slices to you? What are some things you go through each day that make you impatient? (Write their thoughts on the chalk board or paper provided)

Optional: Download 'P.A.T.I.E.N.C.E. RAP'

Each day we will face situations that test our patience. These can be small things, like someone taking their time when you are in a hurry or very big things, like waiting on God to heal a family member. As we learn to be patient in the small things, God will prepare us to go through the bigger things.

As our Memory verse tells us there are no shortcuts with growing crops, no amount of yelling will make your fruit tree grow any quicker! . In the same way a farmer can’t do a thing to hurry his crops up.

In ancient Palestine, the farmer counted on the rains around the end of October to soften up the land so he could begin his ploughing and planting. Then in March or April, when the plants began to ripen, the massive spring rains would come, assuring a successful harvest. In this process, the farmer had to wait….patiently. Panicking wouldn’t help. Crying wouldn’t help. Yelling at friends and family wouldn’t make it come quicker. Questioning God’s love along the way couldn’t even squeeze one drop out of the sky. All the farmer could do was wait, pray, and trust – i.e. be patient.

Knowing that the rain will come, the farmer realizes that he may as well wait for it joyfully and peacefully with a smile on his face. All fruits of the Spirit.

When we are struggling to be patient with another person, we should remember God’s patience toward us. Do you think God has a short fuse? (No) No, our God is very patient. In the Bible, it says that love is patient and kind. God is love and he is very patient.

This is what Nehemiah 9:17 says, “You are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry."

God is slow to anger. God has a very long fuse. Thank Him for that right now!

Thank Him that He is a God of Patience and Comfort, may He enable us to be like-minded towards one another.

Read: Romans 15:5

Optional: Download Youth 'Bible Verse Visual Aid'

Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus

Romans 15:5

The question isn’t how much longer must we wait? The question is how should we wait? The answer: PATIENTLY. Because God says that “Good Things Come to Those Who Wait…Patiently.

King David said in Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.”

Trust that the God who works all things out for your good will guide your life along the path it’s supposed to go, yes, but also at the pace it’s supposed to go.

You ought to be patient with your family Has your mom or dad ever frustrated you? Maybe she's cranky in the morning; maybe he's a grouch when he gets home from work. Parents can be that way. The Bible assumes the same thing. It warns parents to not "provoke [their] children to wrath". Why? Because we're liable to do just that. When your parents are having "one of those days"-you need to be patient with them. Don't argue with them or sulk; be as quiet and sweet as you can and wait for the mood to change.

Your friends can get on your nerves. The more time you spend with them, the more likely they'll annoy you. How do you avoid this? How do you stay good friends with your friends? By being patient. Strangers can also be very annoying. You're in a hurry and they won't get out of the way.

Enemies can make you mad. They bully you, or lie about you, or do other bad things to hurt you. You need to be patient with all these people. Do you know why? Because Jesus Christ was! And He's your example. His parents embarrassed Him; His brothers hated Him; His friends disappointed Him; His enemies persecuted Him. But He bore patiently with them all.

Encourage the children to come and sit quietly and patiently in the presence of God, waiting on Him.


Holy Spirit,  create in me a clean heart  that seeks the best in others. Help me to show empathy and compassion to everyone, and to do so with gentleness and respect. When people or circumstances don't meet my expectations, empower me to show grace and understanding. Help me to see my situations from Your perspective  so that I can rejoice at all times  and show patience when needed. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Prayers to Help You Cultivate the Fruit of the Spirit


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

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Weekly Bible Verse Readings - SESSION #9

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

1. Ephesians 4:1-6

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.


2. Colossians 3:12-15

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.


3. 1 Thessalonians 5:14-18

14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. 15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


4. 1 Timothy 1:15-17

15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the worst.   16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.   17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.


5. 2 Peter 3:8-9

8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.   9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.


6. Proverbs 14:29

29 Whoever is patient has great understanding,
     but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.


7. James 5:7-8

7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.   8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.  


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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 about Kindness is sometimes translated as gentleness. It means thoughtful consideration, courteous and kindly action.

God is kind to us and He asks us to be kind in all our relationships. Our kindness to others pleases God.


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