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Wells Of Power

on May 2, 2013

WEEK 4Wells of Power

Memory Verse : Zechariah 4:6

Bible Truth: Our power comes from the Holy Spirit.

1. Open in prayer

 

2. Introduction – From The Wells Of  Power 

After the temple was destroyed the people were instructed to rebuild it. After a period of time the rebuilding slowed down and eventually stopped. God moved upon His prophets, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to instruct the people to start the rebuilding process again. The Holy Spirit also moved upon the people to obey.

God revived the rebuilding process through the work and the power of the Holy Spirit, not by human strength and resources. If it had been done with human strength the people would have stopped again when they were faced with opposition. However through the power from the Holy Spirit the work was accomplished.

 

Psalm 68:35  NKJV     “O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!”

       God has always given strength and power to His people. To those that believe in Him, Jesus will give them rivers of living water that will fill them with power. This power will give the believer the ability to act or to do something with force or strength.

This rivers of living water given by the Holy Spirit will give us power to speak for God, power to do wonders and signs, and power to be a witness for God.

 

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _____________________________

2. _____________________________

4. Memory Verse

Zechariah 4:6  NKJV     “So he answered and said to me: ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:

‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.’ ”

5. Doing Wonders And Signs By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Acts 6:8-10  NKJV        “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.”

      The leaders in the early church were instructed by the apostles to pick out seven men full of the Holy Spirit to serve in the area of administration.

 

Acts 6:5-7  NKJV        “And this saying pleased the whole multitude.  And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them. Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith. And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.”  

       Stephen was full of the Holy Spirit. This overflowing of the Holy Spirit gave Stephen great wisdom, faith and power. Because of the Holy Spirit within him, Stephen did many great wonders and signs among the people.

 

Acts 6:8-10  NKJV       “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.”

       Signs and wonders were, and still are, given by God to confirm His Word. They give credibility to what God says and they cause the people hearing or seeing to respond to God. Signs and wonders validate (support or confirm) the truthfulness of what is being said.

Acts 2:42-43  NKJV     “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.”

 

Acts 5:12  NKJV     “And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people.”

       We must allow God to fill us with His Spirit so that we can do great wonders and signs which point people to God.

 

6. Game – Index Card Cover-Up

Need:   2 poster boards, 30 index cards, and two rolls of tape.

Write the memory verse on the two poster boards (leave a little space between each word).

Zechariah 4:6  NKJV     ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’

Says the Lord of hosts.’ ”

     Divide the group into two teams. Tape the poster boards and the index cards a short distance from the teams.

At the signal the first person from each team will run to their board and say the memory verse. They will then tape over one word and run back to their team. The next person will do the same. The team that finishes first is the winner.

*note – do not cover up the words “Zechariah 4:6  NKJV”

 

7. Witnessing By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Acts 1:8  NKJV    “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

      Before Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days after His resurrection, He promised that He would send the Holy Spirit, the Promise of the Father. The Holy Spirit would fill the believers with power. This power would help them to be a witness for God and it would help them spread the gospel, the Good News, all over the world. After the Holy Spirit filled the believers with power, Peter stood up and spoke to the crowed that had gathered around. After Peter’s sermon many people were saved and baptized.

Acts 2:40-41  NKJV       “And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, ‘Be saved from this perverse generation.’ Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”

        The same power is available to us today. We must allow God to fill us with His Spirit so that we can testify of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. With the power of the Holy Spirit we can be a witness and spread the Good News everywhere we go. When we receive salvation through Jesus it opens up the well of power to us.

During the Feast of Tabernacles, while only a small amount of water was being poured out during the ceremony in the temple, Jesus told the people that if they believed in Him rivers of living water would flow from them. These rivers of living water would be more than enough water to satisfy them and others.

 

John 7:37-39  NKJV       “On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

      The Holy Spirit satisfies the believer’s thirst and produces a fountain within them for others. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit the river within us will naturally flow out onto others.

 

Zechariah 4:6  NKJV     “So he answered and said to me: ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:

‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.’ ”

      This rivers of living water given by the Holy Spirit will give us power to speak for God, power to do wonders and signs, and power to be a witness for God.

 

8. Game – Power To…Balloon Pop

Zechariah 4:6  NKJV      “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.’ ”

     Through the Holy Spirit God gives us the power to live for Him, power to speak for Him, power to do wonders and signs, power to work for Him, and power to be a witness for Him.

Need:  20 balloons, 20 small slips  of paper, 2 large trash bags

On four slips of paper write: “God gives me  power to live for Him.”

On four slips of paper write: “God gives me power to speak for Him.”

On four slips of paper write: “God gives me power to do wonders and signs.’

On four slips of paper write: “God gives me  power to work for Him.’

On four slips of paper write: “God gives me  power to be a witness for Him.”

 

Roll the slips of paper up and place in the balloons before you blow them up. After the balloons are blown up place them in the trash bags. YOU WILL NEED TWO SETS OF 10 BALLOONS – BE SURE TO KEEP THEM SEPARATE. Each set contains 2 of each of the five sentences.

Divide the group into two teams. Line the teams up. Place the bags of balloons a short distance from each team. At the signal the first person on each team is to run to the balloons and bust one of them, retrieving the paper from within. They will run back to their team and the next person will do the same. When a team has all 10 papers they will match them up in stacks of two. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

9. Speaking For God By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

 

Micah 3:8  NKJV      “But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord,

And of justice and might,

To declare to Jacob his transgression

And to Israel his sin.”

      The prophet, Micah, was empowered by the Holy Spirit to speak for God. With boldness he confronted the religious leaders about their false ideas of God, and the impending wrath of God  because of their sin. Not only did Micah warn the Israelites of coming judgment, but he also spoke of salvation.

 

Micah 7:18-19  NKJV      “Who is a God like You,

Pardoning iniquity

And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?

He does not retain His anger forever,

Because He delights in mercy.

He will again have compassion on us,

And will subdue our iniquities.

You will cast all our sins

Into the depth of the sea.”

     God still empowers people today with the Holy Spirit to speak for Him. We must allow God to fill us with His Spirit so that we can speak for Him, not just about Him. We are to tell the people that we come in contact with about God’s judgment and His mercy.

 

10. Game – “Teamwork”

Need: Index cards (or small pieces of paper), red marker, blue marker and  green marker.

Write the memory verse on index cards – one word per card. Make three different sets, each one written with a different color.

 

Zechariah 4:6  NKJV     “So he answered and said to me: ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.’ ”

     Divide the class into three teams. Tell each team what color their team is. Then have the class form a circle. Mix all three sets of the cards up and scatter them on the floor in the center of the circle. At the signal all the children will  gather their teams cards and put the memory verse together. The first team that correctly has the cards in order is the winner.

11. Worship Song – _________________________________

 

12. Challenge and Altar – Power Comes From God

As a child of God, He will give us power to live for Him, power to speak for Him, power to do wonders and signs, power to work for Him, and power to be a witness for Him. We cannot do any of these things without Him.

 

Zechariah 4:6  NKJV     “So he answered and said to me: ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:

‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.’ ”

     In order to access this power we must first have a relationship with God. That relationship starts with accepting Jesus as our Savior and making Him the Lord of our life.

 

A – Admit that you have sinned.

Romans 3:23     “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

B – Believe in Jesus.

Acts 16:31      “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved”

C – Confess your sins to God, then forsake (leave) your sins

1 John 1:9     “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins.”

     Allow time for the children to pray and ask for salvation and for power to live for God, power to speak for God, power to do wonders and signs, power to work for God, and power to be a witness for God.

13. Crafts

14. Refreshments or a light meal

 

15. Dismissal

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