Pentecost Sunday School Lesson (Acts 2:1-21) God Gives the Holy Spirit

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Lesson: Day of Pentecost and God's Gift of the Spirit (Acts 2:1-21)

The link above has this full lesson plan and several bonus printables from our website. These include the Pentecost coloring page, Book of Acts coloring page, Object lesson for Pentecost, and a craft on the Holy 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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Bonus Object Lessons for Teaching Kids Pentecost

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. You might also enjoy this Sunday School Craft for Pentecost . We’ve also created a Pentecost Coloring page based on the image above. We’ve compiled a long list of resources to help you explain Pentecost for Kids.

Bonus Ideas: More free resources to help you plan your children’s sermon.

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)

Need More Help? Browse other lessons and activities on our website about the Holy Spirit. You can find additional ideas on Danielle’s Place Crafts for Pentecost and MSS Crafts.

Don’t miss this fun explanation of Pentecost Sunday from What’s in the Bible.

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