Theme: Holy Spirit and the Four “I”s
Acts 10: 38 — “…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”
Jesus received the Holy Spirit when John baptized him. This Spirit was the power God gave Jesus to do the work God wanted him to do, including bringing peace to all nations.
We too receive the power to do the work God wants us to do when we are baptized.
When we are baptized, we, like Jesus, receive the Holy Spirit and with it the power to do good to others and to ourselves.
THE FOUR “I”s.
The Holy Spirit is a hard concept for many people to understand. We can’t see it. We may not be able to feel it. So, what is it?
If we think of the Holy Spirit as the power God gives us to do good to others and to ourselves — or to live Christian lives — then we might think about what that power is or how it manifests (or shows) itself.
Each of us has four gifts (or powers) from God that help know right from wrong; that help us keep out of trouble and know when other people around us need help.
The gifts are the FOUR “I”s:
iPhone, iPad, iPod and iMac
OK, these are not the FOUR “I”s!
Seriously, the FOUR “I”s are:
It’s important for us to know and appreciate that we have these gifts and it’s most important that we trust and use these gifts or powers.
Let’s think about each gift and talk about what it is and how we use it.
[Review with the children the formal definition of each the FOUR “I”s and then engage the children in a discussion about each of the gifts and how they have used them in the past to know right from wrong or help other people.]
1. an inborn pattern of activity or tendency to action common to a given biological species.
2. a natural or innate impulse, inclination, or tendency.
3. a natural aptitude or gift: an instinct for making money.
4. natural intuitive power.
[Interesting that the dictionary uses words like “gift” and “power” to help define the word “instinct.”]
1. direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension.
2. a fact, truth, etc., perceived in this way.
3. a keen and quick insight.
4. the quality or ability of having such direct perception or quick insight.
1. capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.
1. observation or examination of one’s own mental and emotional state, mental processes, etc.; the act of looking within oneself.
[This might be the hardest concept for children to grasp, but it’s important that they appreciate its purpose and power.]