Children’s Sermon – John 14:16 – The Holy Spirit
“Greater than any friend”
Start out with a recording of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”
“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; the Spirit of truth.” John 14:16
- Photo or video clips of popular friends/buddies, like:
- Shrek and Donkey
- Buzz and Woody
- Batman and Robin
The Holy Spirit, greater than any friend!
Hello Kids. Well, how are you all doing? Today, we’re going to talk about someone very special in our lives. Who could that be? Well, gather round and let’s find out.[
- Lay out the prepared photos or video clips, one by one.
- Let children take turns saying the character names.
- Ask them what they think is the importance, role, or significance of each friend/sidekick. You can do this per character. Like, “How did Buzz make Woody’s life better? Or, “Do you think Donkey was really a good friend to Shrek?”
- Optional ice-breaker song. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” (from “Toy Story”)
Now children, do you know that the Bible talks about someone in our lives that can be and do all that [what they shared in #3 above] for you? Who is it? It’s the Holy Spirit. [You can take a short moment to talk about the Trinity at this time; that the Holy Spirit is God, etc. Or, you can reserve that for another lesson.]
The Holy Spirit is here with us
The Lord Jesus promised that even though He was going back to heaven, the Holy Spirit will be here with us and in us. He will be our helper and comforter. [Reference- John 14:16].
When we are sad, lonely, or struggling with something, the Holy Spirit is here to help us throughout those rough times. So, the next time something bad or sad happens, don’t be discouraged. Know that you are not alone and that things will get better in time.
Holy Spirit prayer partner -Romans 8:26
Did you know that the Holy Spirit is your faithful and knowledgeable prayer partner? He is. He never stops praying for you. He even helps you pray. The Bible says that when we don’t know what to pray for, He goes to God our Father on our behalf. [Reference- Romans 8:26]. The Bible also says that when things get too much, when we are overwhelmed with problems or sad emotions, and we can’t even find the words to pray, the Holy Spirit knows and feels exactly what we feel. He groans in prayer for us and He will directly ask God what we need.
The holy Spirit gives you wisdom – John 16:13
The Holy Spirit is also there to give you wisdom [Reference- John 16:13]. He helps us understand the happenings of life and He helps us understand the Bible as we read and think on the words. It helps, of course, if you have a Bible version that is easy for you to read and understand. But when you read Scriptures, the Holy Spirit helps you better think and understand what you are reading. He helps you get the messages and the lessons God wants you to learn. So, children, don’t be afraid of reading the Bible. Find time to read it, even if it’s just a few verses at a time.
[Optional suggestion to kids: “I suggest you ask your parents to find you a Bible that’s fit for your age. And I suggest that you start slowly reading through Proverbs and Psalms at the beginning. Those books are filled with easy and practical lessons you can learn from and apply in your home life, school life, and church life.”]
So, you see, the Holy Spirit is much, much more than any friend or sidekick. He abides with us forever. He won’t ever leave us. He’ll be there through thick and thin, through our ups and downs. He won’t abandon us. He will never grow tired of us. He will make us smarter and stronger in mind and heart. And, children, you can count on Him to pay attention and listen to your cares.
Let’s pray and thank the Holy Spirit for who He is in our lives today.
A hint – Our pastor begins every prayer by inviting the Holy Spirit: Begin your prayer with these words, “Come Holy Spirit Come”.
Sermon on 2 Chronicles 1:10 – Be Wise Like Solomon!
(Aim to be Wise!)
2 Chron. 1:7-10
- That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
8 Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place.
9 Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth.
10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
- a genie
- wishing well
- fairy godmother
- tooth fairy
- and the like
Hello boys and girls! How are you all today? Come, let’s gather around and talk about an interesting person this morning.
Are you all settled? Now, I have here some photos of fictional characters you may or may not be familiar with. [Show photos of known mythical figures that supposedly grant wishes. Let children take turns identifying the characters.] Now, we know this is all make-believe, right? But, what do they have in common? Or, what do they do in common? Right. Movies and cartoon shows depict these characters as mythical figures that can grant wishes or make your dreams come true.
Now kids, if 3 or even just 1 of your wishes can come true right now, what would you ask for? [Let children take turns sharing their thoughts.] Interesting. Interesting. Can they all come true right this very minute, if we wish for it? Can they possibly come true sometime in the future? Well, yes, no, or maybe later.
We know that with God, all things are possible. He hears our prayers and we can ask all these in prayer to Him. And if God sees a good reason for you to have something and when to have it, He may well give it to you sometime, at the perfect time. Indeed, more than a genie, God our loving heavenly Father can be trusted to grant those wishes that are in your best interest at a time He sees fitting for you to have them.
Moving on, do you know of a person in the Bible that wished for something that came true? [Check if any of the kids can share about this.] Right, right. But, there’s also another well-known person who wished for something and God gave him his very wish and a whole lot more. It’s King Solomon. [Read the passage.]
Solomon was made king in place of his father. He knew that he would have to be responsible for a lot of things and a lot of people. One night, God asked him for his wish, for what he wanted God to give him. And what did he ask God for? Yes, he asked for wisdom. He could have asked for anything he wanted but he chose wisdom, not for himself, but for other people. You see, he wanted to be wise so he could help and lead God’s people well, especially after his father King David was long gone.
God was pleased with Solomon’s unselfish heart. He granted Solomon’s very wish. He gifted Solomon with great wisdom that he not only became wise, but he lived to be the wisest person on earth during his time. His reputation for being wise and smart reached everywhere. He was so popular that important people came to visit and meet with him.
Not only that, God was so generous to Solomon, and gave him everything else he didn’t even ask for: riches, lands, and more. He grew up to be a very accomplished king in his time.
Children, today let me encourage you to be like King Solomon. Have a heart that desires wisdom first. You know, materials stuff, they pass away. They get old. They get broken. They get outdated. But, wisdom will serve you for many years to come. Ask God to make you wise and smart so you can do the right things, say the right words, and make the right decisions.
Make it a priority to search for God’s wisdom in His Word, the Bible. Spend time with people who love God and know Him and His Word. God will also use them to make you wise. More importantly, love studying. Love school work. Love school classes. Education adds knowledge and from knowledge will come smartness and wisdom.
Children, be like King Solomon. Aim to be wise. Ask God, and do