************ Children's Sermon on Galatians 5:22-23 ************


By: Rev. Adrian Dieleman


This sermon was preached on May 30, 2004


based on Galatians 5:22-23

Needed:
-3 jars
-mark them: paper, soil with no water, soil with water & fertilizer
-9 pea seeds
A Plant Seeds
-I have here three jars; I am going to plant 3 pea seeds in each jar (plant seeds)
-this jar has paper (hold up)
-this jar has soil but no water (hold up)
-this jar has soil and water and fertilizer (hold up)
-from what jar do you think we will get the best and most peas (get child to answer jar with soil and water and fertilizer)
-from what jar will we get no peas (get child to answer jar with no water)
-the point is, if we want good peas, we have to water and fertilize the seeds
-every week I will brings these jars to the pulpit to show you boys and girls what is happening

B Pentecost
-today is Pentecost
-who can tell me what happened this day (get child to answer the pouring out of the Spirit)
-by the Holy Spirit, God plants the seed of new life in us just like we planted the pea seeds in the jars (hold up jar)

C God Looks for Fruit
-just like we look for peas from the seeds, so God looks for fruit in your life and my life
-God looks for the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control
-we said the best peas are going to come from this jar with soil and water and fertilizer (hold up)
-in the same way, God wants us to water and fertilize the seed He has planted in us so He can find the fruit He wants
-how do we do that?, how do we water and fertilize the seed of new life the Holy Spirit has planted in our life?: by coming to church, prayer, Bible reading, etc.
-as I said, I will bring the jars up here every Sunday
-can you boys and girls remember this: even as we water and fertilize the seeds to get good peas, so we must water and fertilize the seed of new life the Holy Spirit has put within us so we can have lots of fruit

D Pray with children
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