Incredible Power (Acts) - Fall 2018
Junior High Bible Study/CROSSzone
1 - The Source of INCREDIBLE POWER (Who is the Holy Spirit?)
Aims: to identify the Holy Spirit as part of the Trinity; to discover the personhood of the Holy Spirit; to recognize that the Holy Spirit is for all Christians.
Summary: Young people need help to handle difficult situations everyday and to make good things happen. This lesson can help them recognize the superiority of the Holy Spirit's power and will guide them to see how the Holy Spirit fits into their lives. A right knowledge of who the Holy Spirit is affects everything we do, say and think. A proper understanding of this lesson can transform our lives.
2 - What's New? (Growth of the Early Church)
Aims: study the events of Pentecost explore the promise of power Jesus gave to his followers; recognize that power for victorious Christian living is ours through the Holy Spirit.
Summary: The Holy Spirit lives in the church and in each one of us. Christianity should shape our lives and everything that we do. We are to use our God-given gifts for the good of others and to glorify God as his creation. The gift of faith is not complete until it is shared. This is what it means to live as a Christian.
3 - Do You Belong in the CIRCLE OF TRUST? (The body of Christ)
Aims: define the word church as in the New Testament; discover that as believers they belong to the body of Christ, the church.
Summary: When we become children of God we share in a spiritual unity that is unique. The church is no longer a building but the living body of Christ, not through our own qualities and abilities (for here we fail miserably) but through the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
In this new community we all belong. Not because someone else says so but because God ordained it. God distributes the gifts amongst his body and it is our responsibility to contribute by using those gifts.
4 - Is this FOR REAL? (The details of the Spirit's working)
Aims: discover the eternal workings of the Holy Spirit; pinpoint several of the Holy Spirit's functions; realize how the Holy Spirit works in a believer's daily life.
Summary: The fruit of the Spirit are not merely a collection of qualities or characteristics from which we can pick and choose. They are a description of Christian character and behaviour as it is meant to be. These traits develop as we co-operate with the Holy Spirit and respond in obedience and trust. Cultivating Christian character is not only possible, but also natural to people, even young people, who allow Jesus to live in and through them.
5 - Stand up for what you BELIEVE IN! (The first Christian Martyr)
Aims: learn about Stephen, the first Christian to die for his faith; discover the Holy Spirit's power to help God's children take a stand for what they believe in.
Summary: Learning to be strong and to take a stand for what we believe in is a critical part to spiritual development and an ongoing exercise of our faith and beliefs
6 - TRADING PLACES (Saul's Conversion)
Aims: study Saul's conversion which shows the true nature of conversion - a life turned around; see the difference that Christ makes in a person's life after salvation.
Summary: God has a plan for each of his children to grow and develop into mature Christians. Through the power of the Holy Spirit our lives are transformed into something beautiful for God. Today encourage your students to listen to God's affirmation of who they are in his eyes.
7 - AWESOME GIFTS (Learn about Spiritual Gifts)
Aims: understand what spiritual gifts are; show how the gifts of the Spirit should be exercised within the body of Christ.
Summary: Knowing that we are spiritually 'gifted' directly addresses one of the problems facing our young people - low self-esteem. It is an amazing and exciting truth that every believer - yourself, each young person that you teach, those that you worship with and those you minister alongside - are gifted children of God! People need to feel wanted and they need to have a strong sense of self-worth. Discovering our unique and individual spiritual gift (s) can help meet those needs.
8 - LISTEN UP! (Discover your Spiritual Gifts)
Aims: discover spiritual gift possibilities; complete a gifts inventory.
Summary: Your young people need to be encouraged to try taking on different responsibilities, to experiment with different tasks. In experimenting, they may discover that they can do and/or like doing things that they had never considered before. Remember each of your students is unique so they will develop differently. Remind them and encourage them.
After the test is complete, focus your discussion on the two or three gifts that appear most often in your students' lists.
9 - This call's FOR YOU! (Understanding witnessing)
Aims: understand witnessing as part of a Christian's daily living ; know it is a biblical command (Matthew 28:19 -20); learn how to witness with confidence.
Summary: God wants to empower each member of your class with the Holy Spirit, to give them the ability to talk about Jesus. All that God requires is a willing heart. Encourage your students to share with God both their willingness to speak for him and their fears. The Holy Spirit will work in their lives to empower them as his witnesses.
God wants to empower each member of your class with the Holy Spirit, to give them the ability to talk about Jesus. All that God requires is a willing heart. Encourage your students to share with God both their willingness to speak for him and their fears. The Holy Spirit will work in their lives to empower them as his witnesses.
10 - PICTURE THIS! (Holy Spirit's Guidance)
Aims: understand the significance of the Holy Spirit to Paul in his missionary journeys ; learn how they can recognize the guidance of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
Summary: Today's lesson provides an opportunity to teach your students about God's love and plan for their future, and how to discover God's will for their lives. Stress the importance of daily Bible reading and prayer.