Spiritual Life & Friends

Spiritual Life & Friends

 (Bible Overview #49 of 54)

One Main Truth:  God’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit lives in and empowers the lives of believers

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1 GAME: Sharks and Minnows

Game / Bible / Life Connection:  In the Game The Smallest One Caught Everyone / In the Bible God’s Spirit Empowers Believers to Tell the World about Jesus / God’s Spirit in Your Life Allows You to Tell Everyone About Jesus

  1. Show Players the boundaries that the game will be played in.
    2. Pick one Player to be a “Minnow.” Stand the “Minnow” in the middle of the area.
    3. The rest of the Players are “Sharks;” have them stand on one side of the area.
    4. The object of the game is for the “Sharks” to get across the area to the other side without getting caught (tagged) by the “Minnows.”
    5. Call out loud “Minnows Ready?” “Sharks ready?” “Go!”
    6. The “Sharks” should run from one side to the other then stop at the other side.
    7. If a “Shark” is caught (tagged), then that Player also becomes a “Minnow.”
    8. Now, with more “Minnows” in the middle, call out “Minnows Ready?” “Sharks ready?” “Go!” This continues until only one “Shark” is left. The last Player left to get caught is the first “Minnow” for the next game.
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2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Acts 1

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:    In the Game The Smallest One Caught Everyone / In the Bible God’s Spirit Empowers Believers to Tell the World about Jesus / God’s Spirit in Your Life Allows You to Tell Everyone About Jesus

Mankind: Man interacts with his surroundings and responds to it in many ways. Would the heat of a fire let you touch it for more than a second? Don’t you close your nose
when there is a bad smell in the air? Don’t you feel scared when you see a snake?

These experiences are physical.

What are our physical senses? Sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell.
What are the five physical elements? Earth, water, fire, wind, and sky.
What are our basic emotions? Fear, anger, sadness, happiness and surprise.
Can you think of any more senses, elements and emotions?

We all see the sunset. Most look at the setting sun and appreciate its physical beauty; the color, the glow, and roundness of the sun. Some appreciate its physical beauty but go a step further into understanding why this happens; that the earth revolves around the sun, therefore understanding its scientific beauty.  But some go even further and
understand that this sunset is a gift from God (spiritual beauty).  God’s creation was always to point us to God.

The Holy Spirit: God gave us the Holy Spirit to point us to back to God. On the 10th day of Jesus’ ascension was the feast of the Pentecost. Thousands of people were present. A sound like a strong wind came into the place. All the believers were filled with the Holy Spirit! Though people came from different places speaking different languages, the Holy Spirit enabled them to understand each other’s language. Then Peter preached about Jesus’ death and resurrection. People believed, and three thousand new followers were added on that day!  Those who accepted the message were baptized and this was where the first fellowship and worship of believers began.

Is receiving the Holy Spirit a physical experience? Or a scientific experience (fire)? Ultimately, it is a Spiritual experience. The Spirit draws you close to God.

Fellowship: There are many acts of fellowship, like breaking bread together, praying together, worshipping together, praising God together, celebrating God together.

Even the celebration of the gift of life at a birthday party, in the name of God, becomes a fellowship. We must learn to awaken our spiritual senses to connect with God.

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS

  Game / Bible / Life Connection:    In the Game The Smallest One Caught Everyone / In the Bible God’s Spirit Empowers Believers to Tell the World about Jesus / God’s Spirit in Your Life Allows You to Tell Everyone About Jesus

Memory Verse:  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  Acts 1:8

Leader, ask God to connect to the children’s minds, the children’s hearts, and in the prayer to connect to the children’s soul.

1. Game 
How is bucket basketball different from the regular basketball game?
Was easy to start the game?  Why not?
Did someone get you what you needed to play correctly?
How was the game different after you got what you needed?

2. Bible
Why were the disciples waiting in Jerusalem?
Did they receive what God had promised to send them?
How did it arrive?
How did the Holy Spirit empower the disciples?

3. Life
Repeat after me: “God help me be your witness, to tell people about you everywhere. God’s Holy Spirit that Jesus promised come into my life now *pause*. Jesus please give me courage to obey and share this truth.”

4. Worship Song
Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with hand-motions
(click here for worship songs “GameLife Strong & Powerful Worship Motions”)

5. Reinforcement 
Use local resources and common objects.
(Optional)
Divide the class into groups of 3. Let each group find a common interest and present it to the class. If they have something in common with another group, they can join them.  See which groups grow faster and why. Discuss.

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