The Holy Spirit Came
“It is God who is working in you… according to His good purpose.” Philippians 2:13
When Jesus ascended to heaven, He instructed the disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come upon them. So the disciples went back to Jerusalem, where they waited and prayed.
The time came for the Jewish festival called Pentecost, or the Feast of Weeks. As with the Passover festival, Jews from all over the Roman Empire would be at the temple in Jerusalem.
During this festival, the Holy Spirit came to believers in Jerusalem. They heard a sound like a violent, rushing wind. When the Holy Spirit filled the disciples, they were able to speak in foreign languages. They went out into the city and began to preach, and the Jews from all over the world were amazed. These disciples were from Galilee, but they were speaking in languages the visitors could understand.
The disciples told people about God’s plan. The Holy Spirit helped Peter teach: Jesus is the Messiah; Jesus was killed, but He is alive! (Acts 2:22-36) The Holy Spirit convicted the crowd and they asked, “Brothers, what must we do?” Peter told them to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus. (Acts 2:37-38) That day, three thousand people received salvation!
God kept His promise to send the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit’s help, Jesus’ disciples could begin their work to share the gospel with the entire world. God gives the Holy Spirit to those who trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit gives us power to do God’s work, and He changes us to be more like Jesus.
Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.
KEY PASSAGE: Philippians 2:13
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- What does the Holy Spirit do? The Holy Spirit helps Christians.
BIBLE STORY: THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME
- The Holy Spirit came to Jesus’ followers.
- Jesus’ friends could speak in languages they did not know.
- Peter told the people that Jesus is the Messiah.
- Three thousand people became followers of Jesus.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- What would it have been like to be with Jesus’ friends when the Holy Spirit came?
- Why did Jesus’ friends need the Holy Spirit?
- How does the Holy Spirit help us?
- Research seating capacities of venues familiar to your family. Help preschoolers visualize 3,000 people.
- Attend a church service as a family in a language different than your own.
NEXT WEEK “Peter Healed a Beggar” (Acts 3:1-10; 4:5-31)