The Holy Spirit Arrives

To Remember: Jesus sent the Holy Spirit
  Vocabulary: tongues- languages

Lesson Acts 2
  • The apostles were gathered together in Jerusalem
  • The Holy Spirit gave them power and there appeared something like tongues of flame over each one's head
    • Craft: Copy a coloring page of the apostles gathered together. Help the students cut out little "flames" of red and orange construction paper. Glue to flames to the paper as you discuss what happened.
  • Peter and the others preached to the large crowd gathered for Pentecost
    •  Discuss how many people from many nations heard their own language as Peter, a Galilean fisherman, spoke.
  • 3,000 souls were saved

    Memory Verse: Act out the memory verse Acts 2:38 Repent (turn around) and be baptized (hold nose and go under water) every one of you (point to everyone in class)
Sing: Apostles song
Worksheet: match the number to the word
True or False
  1. The disciples waited in Jerusalem.  T
  2. The Holy Spirit appeared to them as a man. F
  3. Only Peter preached to the crowd. F
  4. Each person there heard his own language.  T
  5. No one responded to their lesson.   F
Review Questions (can be used with gameboard)
 linguistic questions
  1. Say any word you know from another language.
  2. Recite the twelve apostles' names.
  3. What book of the Bible is this lesson from? (Acts)
  activity questions
  1. Point to each person in the room and ask them where they are from.
  2. Tell the person next to you how you found out about Jesus.
  3. Act out a crowd member listening to Peter.
  emotion questions
  1. How do you think the Apostles felt when the Holy Spirit arrived? (excited, overwhelmed, relieved)
  2. What were some reactions of the crowd? (disbelief, amazement, ridicule, belief)
  3. How did the crowd feel when they realized they had killed the son of God? (fear, grief, shame)
application questions
  1. Will we always receive God's promises immediately? (no, sometimes we have to wait)
  2. Does the Holy Spirit work in our lives? (yes, but not the same as he did for the Apostles)
  3. Should we also preach the gospel? (yes, that is how God designed for the Word to spread)
fact questions
  1. Where were the Apostles? (Jerusalem)
  2. Who sent the Holy Spirit? (Jesus)
  3. Who did they preach to? (Jews celebrating Pentecost)
review questions
  1. Why was the gift of languages useful to the Apostles at Pentecost? (there were people from many nations - the languages enabled the Apostles to communicate, and the miracle proved what they said was true)
  2. What was Peter's message to the crowd? (the Jesus you crucified is now reigning in heaven over us all)
  3. Why did the people need to repent and be baptized? (in order to have their sins forgiven)
Memory Work
  • Acts 2:38 "Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."