THEME:  Fruits of the Spirit

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WEEK 1 – Love

Memory Verse – Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

MUSIC to Help Memorize

Fruit of the Spirit Worship Song

REQUIRED ACTIVITY - PRINT

 

  1. 1-2 years, Pre-K – Kindergarten, Grade 1-2

LOVE Coloring Sheet

  1. Grade 3-5, Grade 6-8

LOVE Worksheet page 1/2

LOVE Worksheet page 2/2

 

Kindle Curiosity OPTIONAL ACTIVITY LESSON: (5 minutes)

 

Items Needed

  1. Bible
  2. Any Fruit, such as an apple; napkins/wipes for sticky fingers
  3. Notecard for your child
  4. Piece of paper with Galatians 5:22-23 printed/written on it

 

Activity

  1. Slice the apple and give one slice to your child to eat
  2. Ask your child “what if I told you this apple came from an orange tree? What would you say?” (Allow time for their responses.)

 

Lesson

It would be impossible for an orange tree to produce an apple! Only apple trees can produce apples and only orange trees can produce oranges. God made different kinds of plants and trees to produce certain fruits and only those fruits.

In the Bible, God teaches us that people produce fruit as well. Before we know God, what kind of fruit do you think we produce? We are only able to produce bad fruit. We constantly produce fruit like anger, hatred, jealousy, and greediness. After we become followers of God, He gives us His Spirit. Because we have His Spirit living inside of us, we are able to produce good fruit, fruit that comes directly from Him. Sometimes we will still continue to produce bad fruit because it is impossible for us not to sin, but just as sunshine, rain, and good soil cause an apple tree to produce apples, as we seek to know God, learn from Him, and listen to Him, the fruit of the Spirit is produced in us.

Closing Activities (5-10 minutes)

 

  1. Spend time in prayer together, asking God to help each of you produce the fruit of love each day, particularly this week.
  2. Work with them on memorizing Galatians 5:22-23.
  3. Help your children review their verses all throughout the week.

FOR PARENTS

 

Learning Objectives: After this lesson, the children will demonstrate:

  1. An understanding that love is a fruit of the Spirit and a command from God.
  2. An understanding that they have the ability to love as God loves, when His Spirit lives within them and as they abide in Him.
  3. An understanding of God’s great love for them in dying for their sins.
  4. Ways they can show love to particular people throughout the week (and hopefully do it!).

RESOURCES:

WEEK 2 – Joy

Memory Verse – Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

MUSIC to Help Memorize

Fruit of the Spirit Worship Song

REQUIRED ACTIVITY - PRINT

 

  1. 1-2 years, Pre-K – Kindergarten, Grade 1-2

JOY Coloring Sheet

  1. Grade 3-5, Grade 6-8

JOY Worksheet page 1/2

JOY Worksheet page 2/2

 

Kindle Curiosity OPTIONAL ACTIVITY LESSON: (10-15 minutes)

 

Items Needed

  1. Bible
  2. Blank paper, crayons/markers
  3. Piece of paper with Galatians 5:22-23 printed written on it

 

Activity

  1. For the fruit of the Spirit lessons, make a tree for the wall labeled “Believer” or “Christian.” (On a poster board or large piece of paper, draw or use construction paper.)
  2. Make paper “fruits,” each labeled with an attribute of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
  3. Each week add the particular attribute you are teaching about.
  4. This week, you would add “joy,” allowing a child to place it on the branch of the tree. Use only one type of fruit, for though there are several virtues produced by the Spirit, they are all one type of fruit: the fruit of the Spirit.

 

Lesson

Because we have the Holy Spirit, we can have joy. Let’s read together Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (ESV) What do we already know about joy? (If we have the Spirit, we can have joy, no matter what.) Remember that after we believe and trust in Jesus Christ, He gives us the Holy Spirit, who lives within us. It is the Spirit who produces this fruit in us as we abide in Him.

Where can we look to discover what joy truly is? (God’s Word!) There are many verses that talk about joy in the Bible. Since His Word is our truth, it is the first place we should turn to learn more about this fruit of the Spirit.

Let’s turn together to Psalm 43:4. “Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.” (ESV) What can we discover about joy from this verse? (God is our joy!) Not only did the psalmist say that God is his joy, but his exceeding joy, joy that goes above and beyond even regular joy!

Now let’s turn to Psalm 119:111. “Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.” (ESV) The psalmist is talking about God’s Word. He is saying that God’s Word is his forever, and it is the joy of his heart, or his deepest joy. Why do you think God’s Word is the joy of his heart? (Discuss.)

As we read God’s Word, we discover more and more of who He is. We learn about His promises to us and all that He has done. We can experience joy when we read and know God’s Word, just like the writer of this psalm!

Closing Activities (5-10 minutes)

 

  1. Spend time in prayer together. Remember the specific situations your children are going through. Invite them to share if they haven’t already. Praise God for the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the joy we are able to have because He lives within us.
  2. Work with them on memorizing Galatians 5:22-23.
  3. Help your children review their verses all throughout the week.

FOR PARENTS

 

Learning Objectives: After this lesson, the children will demonstrate:

  1. An understanding that joy is a fruit of the Spirit.
  2. An understanding that God is our joy, from His Word comes joy, and our hope for eternity gives us joy.

RESOURCES:

WEEK 3 – Peace

Memory Verse – Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

MUSIC to Help Memorize

Fruit of the Spirit Worship Song

REQUIRED ACTIVITY - PRINT

 

  1. 1-2 years, Pre-K – Kindergarten, Grade 1-2

PEACE Coloring Sheet

  1. Grade 3-5, Grade 6-8

PEACE Worksheet

Kindle Curiosity OPTIONAL ACTIVITY LESSON: (10-15 minutes)

 

Items Needed

  1. Bible
  2. Pictures of peace signs, a spa or beach, a person meditating – basically anything that the world offers to grant us “peace”

 

Activity

  1. Begin by reading together Galatians 5:22-23
  2. Hold up a picture of the peace sign. Ask the children, what does this mean? (Allow time for responses and discussion.) Continue holding up the pictures and lead it into a discussion about the world’s view of peace.

 

Lesson

The world’s view of peace includes an end to war or conflict, inner peace with yourself, and/or a state of complete relaxation (being at a beach or spa). All people want peace in one way or another, whether it is just to experience a break from the worry of life or to end all wars. But the peace the world offers only lasts for a short while. War will never end on earth (until the peaceful reign of Christ) no matter how hard people try. A spa will never take all of the stress away forever. Meditation does not grant real peace.

But Christians have God’s peace available to them, a peace that is greater than anything the world offers. Peace is a fruit of the Spirit, and as we abide in Christ, we can experience the perfect peace that comes only from God.

Closing Activities (5-10 minutes)

 

  1. Spend time in prayer together and praise God for the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the peace we are able to have because He lives within us.
  2. Help your children review their verses all throughout the week.
  3. Bless your children with the words of 2 Thessalonians 3:16, “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way.”

FOR PARENTS

 

Learning Objectives: After this lesson, the children will demonstrate:

  1. An understanding that peace is a fruit of the Spirit.
  2. An understanding that peace is made possible through God.
  3. An understanding that we are to pursue peace with everyone.

RESOURCES:

WEEK 4 – Patience

Memory Verse – Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

MUSIC to Help Memorize

Fruit of the Spirit Worship Song

REQUIRED ACTIVITY - PRINT

 

  1. 1-2 years, Pre-K – Kindergarten, Grade 1-2

WEEK 4 Patience- 1-2 years, Pre-K – Kindergarten, Grade 1-2

  1. Grade 3-5, Grade 6-8

WEEK 4 Patience – Grade 3-5, Grade 6-8

Kindle Curiosity OPTIONAL ACTIVITY LESSON: (10-15 minutes)

 

Items Needed

  1. Bible
  2. Oranges or other type of snack
  3. Write on a piece of paper –
    • Through God’s power, we can be patient.
    • A wise person is patient.

Activity

  1. Begin by reading together Galatians 5:22-23.
  2. Have an orange or any fruit or snack. Take out a knife and slowly, slowly begin to slice up the oranges. Take your time! Lots of time! When you notice your child becoming impatient, ask:
    1. Can you tell me what patience is? (Allow time for response and different ideas.) The dictionary tells us patience is the bearing of pain, misfortune, or annoyance without anger, irritation, or complaint. Bearing is like holding something very heavy. When you are going through something difficult, it can feel like you are carrying something very heavy everywhere you go. So patience is going through something very hard, or just something very annoying, without getting angry or complaining.

Lesson

We learn from the Bible that patience is a fruit of the Spirit. If we are saved, the Holy Spirit is living inside of us, and we can be patient people. This does not mean that we will be patient all the time! But as we come to know God more and more, we change! Patience becomes part of the kind of person we are. With the Spirit living inside of us, He gives the power to be patient!

In order to know all about patience, what do we need to do? (Look in the Bible!) God’s Word is our ultimate source of truth!

Proverbs 19:11 reminds us that a wise person is patient. When someone wrongs them, they patiently forgive that person. Also, is really tough to be patient sometimes, but Colossians 1:11 tells us that God’s glorious power gives us strength to be patient. Not only does God give us strength to be patient, but He also shows us how to be patient.

2 Peter 3:15 explains that Jesus is patiently waiting to come back to earth so that all people will have a chance to know Him and be saved. So, God is patient in a general way with all people, but also in a very specific way with each of us.

1 Timothy 1:16, Paul says that he was shown mercy so that God’s perfect patience would be put on display. Paul, like all of us, did not deserve to be saved. He had offended God badly over and over again, but God was patient with him and still saved him.

Each day we will face situations that test our patience. These can be small things, like someone taking their time when you are in a hurry or very big things, like waiting on God to heal a family member. As we learn to be patient in the small things, God will prepare us to go through the bigger things.

Say: When we are struggling to be patient with another person, we should remember God’s patience toward us. As sinners, we have offended God. The Bible says that we have even hated Him. So, God had every right to be angry with us, but instead He showed just how awesome His patience is by saving us! If someone hurts you and you really just want to explode back at them, think of all the things you have done against God. Think of how He could have punished you, but instead in His patience poured out His mercy and love. This is not just when we are saved either. Every day we still wrong God and He still is patient with us. So, may that truth sink deep into our hearts and motivate us to be patient with others!

Closing Activities (5-10 minutes)

 

  1. Spend time in prayer together. Remember the specific situations your children are going through. Invite them to share their needs and praises. Praise God for the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the patience we are able to have because He lives within us.
  2. Help your children review their verses all throughout the week.

FOR PARENTS

 

Learning Objectives: After this lesson, the children will demonstrate:

  1. An understanding that patience is a fruit of the Spirit.
  2. An understanding that patience is modeled most greatly by our God and is made possible through Christ

RESOURCES:

WEEK 5 – Kindness

Memory Verse – John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

MUSIC

Song of the Month: “My Help” 

LESSON: (10-15 minutes)

 

Lesson

Kindness can be shown with our thoughts, our actions, and our words. How many of you are kind all of the time? (Allow time for response.) None of us are kind all of the time! It is very easy to be unkind to our family and our friends because we are sinners. How can we discover more about kindness? (By reading God’s Word!) Let’s go to His Word now!

  • Begin by reading together Galatians 5:22-23.

The Bible tells us in this passage that kindness is a fruit of the Spirit. If we are saved, the Holy Spirit is living inside of us, and we can be people who overflow with kindness! This does not mean that we will be kind all the time. But as we come to know God more and more, we change. Kindness becomes part of who we are. With the Spirit living inside of us, He gives us the power to be kind! This is only possible if you have believed and trusted in Christ for your salvation.

  • Read Titus 3:3-5a.

This verse helps us to discover one of the most important things about kindness – God is our example! He is a God of great kindness, and one of the main ways we see His kindness is through His forgiveness. What picture can we draw to help us remember where kindness comes from? (The cross.)

  • Read Ephesians 4:32.

This verse commands us to be kind! It tells us to be kind as God is kind to us through His forgiveness! What could we draw a picture of to help remind us to be kind to one another? (Hands for doing kind works.)

  • Read Proverbs 3:3.

We are supposed to bind kindness around our necks and write it on our hearts! This means kindness is supposed to be part of who we are! It is with us wherever we go. What can we draw to help us remember this verse? (A heart.)

  • Read Micah 6:8.

We are not supposed to be kind just because we are commanded to, but we are to love kindness, to think of it with joy! We are to want to be kind! What could we draw to help us remember this verse? (A brain for knowing that we should want to be kind.)

What do we learn about kindness based on these verses? (Allow them to give their thoughts.) Kindness is what we do, what we say, and what we think. We are to be kind, to love kindness, and to learn kindness from our only perfect example, our God!

Closing Activities (5-10 minutes)

 

  1. Spend time in prayer together. Remember the specific situations your children are going through. Invite them to share their needs and praises. Praise God for the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the kindness we are able to have because He lives within us.
  2. Help your children review their verses all throughout the week.

FOR PARENTS

 

Learning Objectives: After this lesson, the children will demonstrate:

  1. An understanding that kindness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
  2. An understanding that kindness is modeled most greatly by our God and is made possible through Christ.

RESOURCES:

WEEK 6 – Goodness

Memory Verse – John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

MUSIC

Song of the Month: “My Help” 

REQUIRED ACTIVITY - PRINT

 

  1. 1-2 years, Pre-K – Kindergarten, Grade 1-2

WEEK 6 Goodness- 1-2 years, Pre-K – Kindergarten, Grade 1-2

  1. Grade 3-5, Grade 6-8

WEEK 6 Goodness- Grade 3-5, Grade 6-8

LESSON: (10-15 minutes)

 

Lesson

What is goodness? Is it different from kindness? (Allow time for the children to give their thoughts). Read Galatians 6:9: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

In this verse, goodness does not just mean being good, but doing good works and pushing others to do good. What kinds of things do we do that are good?

  • Begin by reading together Galatians 5:22-23.

The Bible tells us in this passage that goodness is a Fruit of the Spirit. If we are saved, the Holy Spirit is living inside of us, and we can be people who overflow with goodness! This does not mean that we will be good and do good works all the time. But as we come to know God more and more, we change! Goodness becomes part of who we are. With the Spirit living inside of us, He gives the power to do good!

  • Read Psalm 25:7, “Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!” (ESV)

God is good. It is a key part of who He is that we have to believe and cling to. We see His goodness displayed to us in many ways. What aspect of God’s goodness does this verse tell us about? (Forgiveness, forgetting our sins). God does not have to forgive us of the many sins we commit, but in His great love and goodness, He does.

  • Read Psalm 31:19: “Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!” (ESV) Also read Zechariah 9:16-17a: “On that day the Lord their God will save them, as the flock of his people; for like the jewels of a crown they shall shine on his land. For how great is his goodness, and how great his beauty!” (ESV)

What do we learn about God’s goodness from these two verses? (God’s goodness is great for those who follow Him.) If we are believers, God has promised His goodness to us. This means that whatever happens in our lives, however horrible or bad it may seem, God ultimately intends it for our good. And because He is completely good, it is impossible for Him to do anything not good. When you see and go through terrible times, you have to learn to cling to this truth. Our God is good, all of the time, and the things we think are intended for our harm, He intends for our good.

  • Read Philemon 1:13-14, “I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel, but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord.” (ESV)

I wanted us to read this verse because it reveals to us an important thing about the Fruit of the Spirit. This is a letter from Paul to a church. He wants them to free a slave from punishment, but he says he does not want them to do this out of “compulsion.” This means he does not want them to do it because he is making them do it. He wants them to do it because they want to do it. When we abide in Jesus Christ, and come to know Him more and more, the Fruit of the Spirit become part of who we are. We begin to want show the fruit in our lives, like goodness and kindness. Your parents will not have to tell you to be good or to be kind, but you will do it on your own. This is what happens when we allow Jesus Christ to completely change us from the inside out!

  • Read Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (ESV) And read Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (ESV)

What do we learn about goodness based on these two verses? (Allow them to give their thoughts.) God has created us to do good. Doing good may be difficult and challenging, but it is also rewarding. We grow more like Christ, we learn how to be compassionate and loving to the poor and needy. We experience the love of people we may have never talked to before.

Closing Activities (5-10 minutes)

 

  1. Spend time in prayer together. Remember the specific situations your children are going through. Invite them to share their needs and praises. Praise God for the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the goodness we are able to do because He lives within us.
  2. Help your children review their verses all throughout the week.

FOR PARENTS

 

Learning Objectives: After this lesson, the children will demonstrate:

  1. An understanding that goodness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
  2. An understanding that goodness is modeled most greatly by our God, and is made possible through Christ.
  3. An understanding that God is good all of the time.

RESOURCES:

WEEK 7 – Faithfulness

Memory Verse – John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

MUSIC

Song of the Month: “My Help” 

REQUIRED ACTIVITY - PRINT

LESSON: (10-15 minutes)

 

Lesson

  • Begin by reading together Galatians 5:22-23.

The Bible tells us in this passage that faithfulness is a Fruit of the Spirit. If we are saved, the Holy Spirit is living inside of us, and we can be people who overflow with faithfulness! This does not mean that we will be faithful all the time. But as we come to know God more and more, we change! Faithfulness becomes part of who we are. With the Spirit living inside of us, He gives us the power to be faithful!

  • Read Psalm 86:15, “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” (ESV)

This verse is said over and over again in the Bible! What does it tell us about God? (He is merciful, gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love and faithfulness.) God abounds with faithfulness! This means it overflows from Him. (Possible demonstration here of pouring water into a glass and allowing it to overflow.) This is who our God is and why this verse is repeated so many times in the Bible. God is showing us how important it is that we believe in who He is. Our God is a faithful God! It is only from Him that we learn how to be faithful people.

  • Read Psalm 100:5, “For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” (ESV)

God’s faithfulness endures to all generations. This means it is not just for grandparents or your parents. God was faithful to your great, great grandparents, your great grandparents, and is faithful to you, your children, your grandchildren, your great, great grandchildren, and even your great, great, great, great, great grandchildren! God’s faithfulness is for all generations, past, present, and future!

  • Read Psalm 89:1, “I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.” (ESV)

We know that God’s faithfulness is to all generations, but what does this verse tell us to do? (Tell all generations about His faithfulness!) As God’s people, we should be using our mouths to tell everyone about who God is, about His faithfulness!

  • Read 1 Samuel 12:24, “Only fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.” (ESV)

The Bible tells us in many, many verses to be faithful to our God. One of the main ways the fruit of faithfulness is displayed in our lives as believers is by our faithfulness to Him. So how do we show faithfulness to God? (Worshiping Him, obeying His Word, knowing His Word, praying to Him, etc.)

  • Read Psalm 37:3, “Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.” (ESV)

The Bible tells us that faithfulness is part of who we are as we abide in Christ. What does this verse tell us about faithfulness? What do you think it means to “befriend” faithfulness? (Allow time for their thoughts.) When you make a new friend, you have to spend time and energy making the friendship grow. You have to cultivate a friendship, like you would grow a plant. We are to cultivate faithfulness within ourselves. This means intentionally being faithful to your family, your friends, and to our God. This also means praying for faithfulness to overflow in your heart, studying faithfulness in Scripture, and getting to know our faithful God who is our only perfect example of faithfulness!

Closing Activities (5-10 minutes)

 

  1. Spend time in prayer together. Remember the specific situations your children are going through. Invite them to share their needs and praises. Praise God for the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the faithfulness we are able to have because He lives within us and for His great faithfulness to us.
  2. Help your children review their verses all throughout the week.

FOR PARENTS

 

Learning Objectives: After this lesson, the children will demonstrate:

  1. An understanding that faithfulness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
  2. An understanding that faithfulness is modeled most greatly by our God, and is made possible through Christ.
  3. An understanding that God is faithful to them, even when they are faithless.

RESOURCES:

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