The Day of Pentecost and God’s Gift of the Spirit

This printable Bible lesson would serve well in children’s Sunday School. You could also modify it for children’s church. It teaches about the Day of Pentecost where God gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to the early church.

Be sure to note the additional resource links at the end of the lesson for more crafts and activities.

Bible Story: Pentecost and the Gift of the Holy Spirit
Scripture: Acts 2:1-21
Target Age Group: Age 9 – 11 (U.S. 3rd – 5th Grade)
Learning Context: Sunday School
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Supply List: Wrap a box with a removable lid.  Objects to put in the box:  heart, 2 flashlights (one without batteries), Bible, Family Picture and something to represent prayer.

Learning Goal: Students will learn that God’s promised Holy Spirit came and indwelt believers on Pentecost.

Learning Indicator: Students will discover answers from reading Scriptures throughout the Bible lesson.  Students will be able to recall events and characters from the story by answering review questions.

Learning Activity:

Use the wrapped box to introduce Bible lesson.  The items inside the box are to draw students attention to gifts that believers receive from God.

Show the class the gift.  We all love to receive gifts!  Inside this box are gifts that God gives to everyone who believes in the Lord Jesus.  Ask volunteer to come and take one thing from the gift box. After each volunteer has taken an item discuss the gift that God has given to believers.  Keep the flashlights for last.

Heart-It is a gift to know that God loves and comforts His children.

Bible-God’s Word is a gift to His children because we find His promises and instructions inside.

Family-It is a gift to be a part of God’s family and be able to pray together and help each other.

Flashlight-Have students who chose the flashlights stand together.  Have them turn on the flashlights.  Talk about why one came on and the other did not.  Let the students open the flashlight and discover the batteries and the empty flashlight.

The flashlight with batteries reminds us of another very important gift that God has given to believers.  When we are saved God gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit.  He comes and lives in our hearts and gives each of us power to live a life that pleases God.  A person who has not been saved has no power to live a life that pleases God.

Put the items back in the gift and put the lid on.

Bible Lesson:  God Sends the Gift of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost

(Provide Bibles for students who did not bring one.)

Let’s open our Bibles to Acts 2.  Before we get into our lesson for today let’s have a quick review of what we have learned about Acts so far.  Who wrote Acts? (Luke) How many days did Jesus stay on the earth after His resurrection? (40) What did Jesus tell the disciples to do before He returned to heaven? (Go to Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit.) What did the apostles do while they waited in Jerusalem? (Prayed and chose Matthias to replace Judas.)

We have an idea what it is like to wait for a gift don’t we?  Has there been a time in your life that you knew you were getting a gift you wanted but had to wait for it?  (Allow students to share.)

The apostles were obeying Jesus’ instructions and were gathered in Jerusalem.  It had been 10 days since Jesus had ascended (went back up) to heaven.  On this day Jews that had travelled from many different countries were gathered in Jerusalem.  The Jewish people were gathered to celebrate a feast called Pentecost.  This special feast is a time where God’s people brought gifts as offerings to God.  (Leviticus 23:15-21)

Let’s read Acts 2:1-4. (Have volunteers to read verses.)  What did it sound like in the room that the believers were gathered in? (Verse 2) What unusual sight happened in that room? (Verse 3) Who filled the believers?  (The Holy Spirit)  What did He help them to do?  (Speak in other languages) (Verse 4)

God kept His promise and He sent the gift of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. To help us understand what the Holy Spirit was going to do for all believers let’s look at our Memory Verse for today.

  • Memory Verse:  John 14:26 “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (  This verse can be sung to 10 Little Indians or any other tune that you can help this verse to be easily memorized.)

(Discuss the meaning of the verse.) Another word for counselor is teacher.  God the Holy Spirit would teach believers how to live lives that please God the Father.  When believers read God’s Word, the Holy Spirit helps them to understand what they are reading.  God speaks to believers through His Word. When we memorize God’s Word, the Holy Spirit brings it to our minds when we need to remember it.

The believers gathered together in that room had experienced an amazing event!  God kept His Promise and sent the gift of the Holy Spirit!  The noise caused the Jews visiting Jerusalem to gather and find out what was going on. Let’s read Acts 2:6-7.    These Jewish people that lived in different countries and spoke different languages were confused.  Each one of them could hear the believers from Galilee speaking their very own language.  Let’s find out what they heard the believers filled with the Holy Spirit saying in their language.  Read the last part of Acts 2:11.

What they experienced would be similar to us visiting another country where the people do not speak English and we don’t speak their language.  If they began to praise God in English so we could understand we would be amazed!

Many in the crowd wanted to know what was happening and wanted to know what this meant.  Some in the crowd made fun of the believers and said they had been drinking too much wine.

Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and he stood up along with the other eleven apostles.  He told the crowd that they were not drunk.  It was only 9 o’clock in the morning.  He began to explain to the crowd that God’s promise to send the Holy Spirit had happened that very day on the Day of Pentecost.

God spoke to the prophet Joel many years before this day. Remember what our memory verse says the Holy Spirit will do?  (He will remind you everything I have said to you.)  Having the Holy Spirit inside him, Peter remembered the words from Scripture that Joel wrote.  Let’s read Acts 2:17-21.

On that very day the people witnessed God’s promise that He made so many years ago come true.  God kept His promise and sent the Holy Spirit.

Since that time so many years ago every person who has believed in the Lord Jesus has received the gift of the Holy Spirit in their hearts.  We don’t see flames of fire resting on our heads or hear loud wind noises but we do receive the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to live lives that please God.

If you aren’t sure if you have been saved sometimes a good question to ask is, “Do I live a life that tries to please God?”  If you have been saved you will want to do what pleases God.  Believers cannot live lives to please God without the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of their heart (remember the flashlights from earlier?).  If you ask God to help you live a life that pleases Him, the Holy Spirit will give you power to do the things you know you need to do.

Pray:  Father, You know the hearts of every person in this room.  You desire for all to be saved.  If there is anyone in this room this morning who has not been saved, speak to their hearts and help them to obey what they know they need to do.  For each believer here help us to allow your Holy Spirit to give us the power to do the things we know will please You.  Let us see your power in our lives this week as we trust you each day.  In Jesus Name we pray these things.  Amen.

Review Questions:

  1. What special celebration was taking place in our story?  (Day of Pentecost)
  2. How did the Jewish people celebrate Pentecost? (By bringing a gift to offer to God)
  3. When the believers were gathered together what sound did the believers hear? (Loud wind)
  4. What did the believers see? (Flames of fire resting on their heads)
  5. Who filled each of the believers on the Day of Pentecost? (The Holy Spirit)
  6. Why were the people in Jerusalem confused? (They could hear the believers from Galilee speaking in the language they could understand)
  7. What did they hear the believers saying in their own language? (wonders of God)
  8. Which prophet wrote about God’s promise to send the Holy Spirit? (Joel)

Additional Resources:

Need More Help? Then read our post about using multimedia projectors in Sunday School or learn the history of Sunday School.


Comments

  1. says

    Thank you for such an amazing material. I am using this for our Adult Bible Study on Acts the Apostles. Its a high quality lesson for all ages. They understand better. Nothing to beat Sunday School method.

  2. Katie says

    Thank you so much for this! I am doing storytelling at my church’s VBS, and I had no idea how to tie everything together, and this helped so much! I’m so excited to share this with all of the kids tomorrow!

  3. ANN says

    This is great lesson,i have taught for two weeks on that subject but without the hands on aid,i plan to summarize Pentecost teaching with this,it’s so amazing

  4. carolyn tindall says

    This is an excellent lesson,very hands on and illustrative. Thanks so much. Plan to use it Sunday

  5. Jennifer says

    I have been teaching children for the last 20 years and this lesson is so wonderful! I am in a “walk through the Bible” series with my children’s church kids and this lesson is so wonderful! It is not often that I come across something that is a “new” thing to use with the kids so thank you so much for these great ideas!!!

  6. Shelli Malerba says

    This is such a great lesson. I am leaving this morning to teach it. Very excited. I had know Idea about this day..
    Thank you so much for this lesson..
    Shelli malerba

  7. Annie says

    Why is there no mention in this lesson that as a Christian, we also can receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues, like those believers of the early church?

  8. Cheryl Welch says

    Shalom, Thank you for the superb lesson plans, these are perfect for multi-level teaching and they don’t compromise the integrity of G-d’s Word. This particular lesson plan however, is lacking. The Jewish people were not celebrating pentecost. They were celebrating Shavuot and the Feast of Firstfruits. When you have an understanding of these biblical holidays and feasts it makes ‘Pentecost’ much more relevant as well as greatly amplifying your faith. I will combine the Jewish teaching of Shavuot with the pentecost lesson here by emphasising that G-d [gave] Moses the law 9on Shavuot as well as this being the end of the the 50 days of counting the omer) and that Shavuot/Pentecost was also the [giving] of the Holy Spirit. The illustration here is perfect. Thanks again!

  9. Kiramin Karani says

    To God be the Glory

    I am thankful that I have the opporunity to source materials on line to help me with my sermon preparations. This is a very good material that will not only help children better understand the true meaning of Pentercost but also help adults who ae not able to understand adult teaching. I believe there are many around society that need simple messages like this one. I am previledged to print this out and use in to educate both children and adults.

    Kiramin Karani
    Papua New Guinea

  10. emily says

    Thanks alot for this beautiful teaching. It help me good how to teach my kids about Pentecost. May God Bless you.

  11. Edna Elizondo says

    I used the Lesson Journey Throught the Book of Acts last weeks and it was awesome. It was easy to work with and the children were amazed.

    thanks

  12. Horlardiran Sunday says

    Wao! This is a great technique for teaching Bible.I cherish it and have interest in using it for edifying my class.Thank for the exposition.

  13. betha says

    Thank you so much for the lesson plans.l have a passion for teaching children but having an African background l was struggling to teach children the bible the Western ways which they will understand better.lm so grateful for the lesson plan because it will give me lots of ideas of modern day teaching .Thank you so much may God bless you so much.

  14. Misty says

    Awsome lesson! I love this website. I will be using this lesson Sunday. Thanks so much!

  15. Sandra Marshall says

    Thank you for the ideas in your lesson for pentecost.
    I will use it this Sunday.
    Bless You.

  16. Andrea Lasker says

    I’m scheduled to teach Sunday School this Sunday. They just gave me 2 days ago the scripture in the bible that I need to teach and the memory verse. So I started to read the scripture over and over. I prayed to God to give me wisdom and ideas as I prepare the lesson. I started to look in the internet and I saw your lesson right away. It’s the same scripture that they gave me and same memory verse. Your motivation (about the gift items in the box) is great and I love it! I love everything you wrote in this lesson. Thank you so much for sharing this. I’m grateful. God’s blessings upon you!

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