“The Holy Spirit: Our Life, His Home” Sunday School Lesson

Holy Spirit Bible lessons for childrenThis is the second in a series of four Bible lessons for children teaching them about the Holy Spirit.  Click here to see the series index. They were first prepared for a Children’s Church setting, but would work well as a Sunday School lesson also.  Through an object lesson, a Bible study, small groups, and an art project, students will learn that the Holy Spirit makes His home in the lives of believers.

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Bible Story: “Our Life, His Home”
Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Luke 10:27, and Ephesians 2:21-22
Target Age Group: 1st – 6th grade
Time: 45-60 Minutes

PowerPoint: This file was sent to use by a reader who used this lesson plan in her ministry. She wanted to share it with anyone else who might be teaching this material.

Optional Skit: This script (download as PDF) was also contributed by a reader. It’s written specifically to accompany this lesson plan.

Introduction: “Welcome or Not” (An Object Lesson)
Supplies Needed:  random clutter, trash, baseball hat, loud music and headphones, remote control, cleaning items

Clutter the room so that it looks disorganized and unkempt.  Have empty recyclables on the floor, crumpled up pieces of paper, a spill on a table.  For yourself, put a baseball hat on and loud music blaring through headphones.  When the students walk in, look flustered as if you were not anticipating them.

Well, good morning, everyone!  Is it really church today?  Well, I, oh my, how could I have forgotten?  I am so sorry!  Look at this place!  It needs cleaned!  And me?  Oh boy!  I need cleaned up too.

Pretend as though you are talking to yourself. Okay, first I better shut off this music.  I think God would be disappointed that I was listening to it. Shut off music. Now I’ve got to turn this show off.  Especially with you all here, I just know I shouldn’t be watching it.  Use remote control to shut off pretend show.  Scurry around picking things up.  Scrub here and there. I guess my life needs cleaned up.  There seems to be a lot of sin here.  Having you here makes me want to hide it!  Oh what should I do?

Learning Activity #1:  “His Home in Us” (A Bible Study)
Supplies Needed:  Bibles

Please turn in your Bibles to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (or have it referenced somewhere as a visual.) “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”

We learned last week that the Holy Spirit is a part of the Trinity of God.  There is God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit who lives within us.  What did we compare the Trinity to?  (An egg with three parts and water in its three stages.)

We also learned that the Holy Spirit lives in you and will be with you.  In our verse today, it says that our body is His temple, or His home.  If we have asked Jesus to forgive us of our sins, and we turn from those sins to follow God, then we have the Holy Spirit living with us!  How does that make you feel?  (Terrified, good, confused, or like you want to eat M & M’s or something?)

If the Holy Spirit lives in us, what kind of home would He want to have?  Would He want a home full of trash, like you saw when you walked into class today?  Would He want a home full of sin? No!  In Ephesians 4:30, it actually says that we can grieve the Holy Spirit.  That means that we can make Him sad with our poor choices in life.

So, how should we take care of the home that the Holy Spirit lives in?  Let’s brainstorm today!

Learning Activity #2:  “The Homeowners Manual” (Small Groups)
Supplies:  paper, pencils, large paper or blackboard/whiteboard and marker

If you choose to live in a certain apartment, you choose to live by the rules of the landlord (the person who owns the building or room.)  Some of the rules might include:  paying your rent on time, cleaning up your house on a regular basis, leaving the toilet there when you decide to move (I once heard a story of someone taking the toilet with them!), and maybe no pet dogs or gorillas.

If the Holy Spirit were writing rules for your home, what rules would He have?  Here’s a clue.  In Luke 10:27, Jesus says, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”  If you were to do that… what would it look like?  How would you take care of your mind?  Your body?  Your heart?  Your neighbor?

Today, you’re going to write a Homeowner’s Manual for the Holy Spirit.  How would the Holy Spirit want you to take care of this home of His?  What would He want you to do?  What would He want you to stay away from?

Divide the students into small groups of three or four.  Distribute paper and pencils.  Have them write a Homeowner’s Manual for the Holy Spirit.  Have them fold their paper into quadrants so that there are four blocks to write in.  At the top of one block, have them write “MIND.”  In the second block, have them write “BODY.”  In the third, “HEART.”  And in the fourth, “OTHERS.”  Have them think of ways they can take care of each of these components of their life.  Here are some suggestions for reference:

MIND:
1. Protect your mind from sin.  Be careful what you watch on TV or the Internet.
2. Listen to music with good lyrics.  Read books that would honor Him.
3. Surround yourselves with good friends; people who will encourage you to do the right thing.
4. Study God’s Word.

BODY:
1.  Exercise.
2.  Eat a balanced diet of foods.
3.  Get your sleep.
4.  And a shower every once in a while!

HEART:
1.  Ask for forgiveness of your sins.
2.  Hide God’s word in your heart.
3.  Be completely humble and gentle.
4.  Be thankful.

OTHERS:
1.  Think first about God, then others.
2.  Love is patient, love is kind…
3.  Live peaceably with all.  (Don’t start fights!)
4.  Forgive people when they have wronged you.

Give students time to brainstorm.  After a few minutes, regroup and discuss their ideas, writing them on a big sheet of paper or blackboard/whiteboard.

Learning Activity #3: “Built Together” (An Art Project)
Supplies:  multi-colored people figures, various art supplies to decorate with, markers, mirrors (optional)

We’ve learned today that the Holy Spirit lives in each one of us, if we have Jesus as our Savior.  Our lives are His home.  Since God made each of us uniquely, all of our homes will look different.  His home for you will look like you!

Distribute patterns of multi-colored people figures, along with supplies to decorate, and mirrors.  Have students decorate a person to look like himself/herself.  Once completed, attach the people by their hands to make a garland or use them to decorate a bulletin board.  (Place the people to form the shape of a house.)  The caption could read, “Stronger Together” or “Our Lives, His Home.”

Once the self-representations are completed, display them together for the students to see.  Read Ephesians 2:21-22, “In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.  And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.”

This means that we are stronger together than we ever would be on our own!  This is what we would call the church:  not a building or place to go on Sunday mornings, but a group of believers who honor God together.  Let’s each welcome the Holy Spirit with our hearts and homes.  And together, let’s stick together to be the church.

Need More Ideas? Browse the full listing of our Sunday School lessons for children. We also have a growing collection of printable coloring pages for Sunday School.


Comments

  1. Deepa Emmanuel says

    Thank u for putting up such great ways of teaching kids about the holy Spirit. Such great material and in depth and at the same time easy to explain. I am using these in my sunday school lessons. Thank u. God bless u

  2. Kayron Owens says

    Thanks so much for this website. The visuals on The Holy Spirit have really brought home the lesson. I have all boys in my class and the object lessons really help.
    Kayron

  3. says

    I’ve been struggling in my mind what to present a group of boys group tonight for our lesson on being “Wonderfully Made: Personal Care and Personality” This lesson on the Holy Spirit is right on what I needed. Thank you so much for having it available to print and present for those of us who need a lesson plan – right away! God bless you!

  4. Linda says

    I really enjoyed this lesson. Thank for making teaching God’s children easier and more understandable. You are real Blessing in the ministry for God’s children. God Bless You

  5. vera says

    God bless you for such an insite into the word of God!! I started two weeks ago teaching about the holy spirit and using this website and wow I and the children love it!! They are so exited about it. Before I couldn’t bring my words accros because I was so nervous sinds it was my first time. But now I am so bold and have the confident standing infront of them and teaching them. This website has given me the tools to use and demonstrate it and I am loving it and so are the children. God bless you!!

  6. Linda says

    I have been using your program for 6 weeks and I love it! Thank you so much for the lessons, our kids are really enjoying them.

  7. Hannah says

    what an incredible website with such rich resources! i will definently be bringing this to my catechesim class!! thank you so much:) GOD BLESS!

  8. maria-luisa lee says

    The children enjoyed and learn more about the Holly Spirit and how to take care of the “house of God in within me”. Everybody got involved!
    Thank you and may God keep guiding you and using you for the extension of His Kingdom.

  9. Sharon says

    Thank you for this resources. I used this resource this Sabbath (Saturday) at a children’s programme I was invited to speak at. I made it a powerpoint presentation so if anyone wants it they can have it!

    The whole church was moved! I am shaking from the whole experience and I don’t think I will ever be the same again. I am really a nobody but God used my stuttering tongue and dodgy leg to minster for Him.

    I have been anointed by the Holy Spirit to speak to children now and I am truly thankful for this website for empowering me!

    if you can tell me how to submit the PP, I will.

  10. Adwoa says

    I want to thank you so much for this site. Thank you for helping us teach little children in our various churches. God bless for the good work you are doing. I just took up the position of teaching children again in my church after I decided not to a year ago. this is because some kids are so difficult that u feel like you can reach them. there are some who are so good that, for their sake you wan tto contiune doing this. Please, lets all pray for sunday school teach who are impacting the life of children all over the world that they will have patience and allow God to use us to teach HIS childdren.

    Thank you all at this ministry.

  11. Dawn says

    Thank you so much!!! I admit that I have not taught these lessons yet (this Sunday we will start), but I am so excited! I prayed for direction and guidance in teaching this month and God brought me right to you and your web site. I love the lessons and the practicality of them. I just know the kids will see the Holy Spirit more clearly and know how to relate to him so much more! Love in Christ!

  12. says

    I was called at the last minute to fill in for one of our Sunday School teachers. I found this website and was led to one of the lessons. I am so excited to teach the lesson about the Holy Spirit! That you so much!!!!!!

  13. says

    Haven’t used your lessons yet but I will be and I am excited! I have a youth group that I am always trying to keep interested in God’s word and after a while, you run out of ideas. Thanks so much for this website and your great ideas!

  14. Sarah says

    I am so thankful for these lessons! Thank you so much for the work you do it is appreciated and used.

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