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BY MY SPIRIT

Scripture: Acts 1:1–7, 2:1–4

Memory verse: Acts 1:4–5
"Wait for the gift my Father promised...you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

Lead—In

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the triune God. He has specific ministries. He is often referred to as the Comforter, one who comes alongside and helps. It is this ministry of helping believers that we will discuss in today's study.

(Ask two young people to assist you—one smaller and one larger. Bring a chair and place it at the front. Have the largest youth sit on the chair. Ask the smallest youth to pick up the chair with the youth sitting on it and carry it to the other side of the room. He will find it to be a very difficult task. Then, ask a third youth to come and help in carrying the chair with the larger youth still sitting on it. Together they will accomplish the task.)

The Holy Spirit is God and a source of great power. He can come to believers today and give them the ability to live a godly life. The Holy Spirit can enable young people to fulfil God's plan for their lives. He can empower them to share their faith with their friends. The Holy Spirit is a helper.

Ask: In what areas of your life do you need the Holy Spirit's help?

Hearing God's Word

Luke, a member of the apostle Paul's ministry team, wrote the gospel of Luke in an effort to tell everything about the life of Jesus on earth. Then, He wrote the book of Acts in order to show how the Holy Spirit enabled the apostles and early church to advance the Kingdom of God. Sometimes we refer to the book of Acts as the "Acts of the Holy Spirit."

Holy Spirit Promised (Acts 1:4-7)

Jesus was eating with His disciples shortly before he ascended to heaven. He had an important command to give them: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised." Jesus knew what the disciples were soon to encounter and their inability to handle it all on their own. He asked them to wait and receive a special gift promised to them by the heavenly Father. Jesus told His disciples that the gift promised by His Father was an experience he spoke of as being "baptized with the Holy Spirit."

The disciples did not recognize their need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. They  were more concerned about knowing when Roman rule would be cast off and Israel would once again become an independent kingdom. It was difficult for them to grasp the fact that they would be advancing a spiritual kingdom, not a political kingdom. The battles they would fight would not be fought with weapons of war. Rather, they would fight spiritual powers led by Satan, the enemy of God. Thus, they needed the Holy Spirit to enable them to live and labour for God victoriously.

As a young person, you have great physical strength and you may be an excellent student. You love Jesus and want to please Him in all you do. That is commendable! However, when you discover what God has planned for your life, you will be overwhelmed by His expectations. Therefore, just as Jesus commanded His disciples in the book of Acts, He is commanding you to wait—to ask—to expect Him to baptize you with the Holy Spirit. He wants you empowered to accomplish His sovereign will. (Ask the students to say the memory verse.) 

Holy Spirit Baptism

The apostles were born-again believers. Their spiritual birth occurred when Jesus breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit" (John 20:22). When we confess our sins and accept Jesus as our personal Saviour, the Holy Spirit works in us, transforming our soul as stated in 1 Corinthians 12:13: "For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body."

Now Jesus is preparing to return to heaven. The time has come for the fulfilment of Jesus' teaching in John 16:7: "But if I go, I will send him (Holy Spirit) to you." So, Jesus gave them some simple instructions (Acts 1:4–5):

1. "Do not leave Jerusalem." Jesus wanted them to be together and to keep their focus on receiving the Holy Spirit.

2. The command was "wait." The apostles obeyed and gathered in the upper room for ten days (Acts 2:1).

3. Jesus reminded them that the baptism of the Holy Spirit was a "gift." They could not earn it, but they could open their hearts in expectation and receive the Holy Spirit.

4. Jesus made it clear that the gift was for everyone: "You will be baptized with the Holy Spirit." It happened that way too. After ten days of waiting and worshiping the Lord, "All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them" (Acts 2:4).

The Holy Spirit—the Helper—had come! Now the apostles could move forward to preach the gospel with signs and wonders accompanying their ministry. The challenges would be great and they would soon learn that trusting the Holy Spirit to help them was the secret to success. (Ask the students to say the memory verse.)

Come Holy Spirit

All believers needs the Holy Spirit to help them. Apart from the Holy Spirit, we can do nothing of lasting value. Zechariah 4:6 is foundational to our life and ministry, " 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit', says the Lord Almighty."

Accepting God's Word

The place to begin is to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. Then be baptized in water as a testimony of your repentance and new life in Christ.

Now you want to live a godly life and tell others about Jesus. So, you need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit just as the apostles were baptized in Acts 2:4.

Ask: Have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in a language you have not learned?

Ask: If not, do you want to receive the gift of the baptism in the Holy Spirit?

(Take some time to answer any questions the youth may have. Then, spend some time praying with them to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.)

Present the information about the Moor tribe given below. Show the video, if possible.

Meet the Moor

LOCATION

Mauritania 3,394,000
Morocco 3,167,000
Senegal 154,000
Western Sahara 50,000

RELIGION

Islam 99.93%
Born-again Believers: 0.07%

SEE THE VIDEO
http://linkupafrica.com/media-gallery/detail/70/1109

Moors predominantly inhabit the Sahara region of northwest Africa. The term “Moor” is generally applied to any person, regardless of skin colour, who speaks one of the Hassaniya dialects.

Mauritania is home to more than three million Moors. A nation of hostile desert conditions, extreme poverty and racial tensions, Mauritania is also plagued by an even more depressing situation: slavery. Although slavery has been officially abolished, many Moors still own slaves, and child slavery is rampant.

Moor society is a complex system based on heritage, occupation and race. The White Moor are lighter in skin colour than the Black Moor. The Black Moor distinguish themselves from “black Africans” to emphasize their cultural affinities with the White Moor and their cultural distance from sub-Saharan Africa.

The White Moor have Berber-Arab origins. They are considered nobility and form the upper elements of Moor society. The Black Moor remain slaves of the White Moor, regardless of the laws abolishing slavery. Within Moor society, the Quran is faithfully followed.

ASSESSMENT

Moor society was largely Islamized by the mid–11th century. Today the majority of Moors are Sunni Muslims. Sharing the gospel in Mauritania has been slow, with only limited success. In recent years, several White and Black Moors have accepted Christ through reading Luke's witness of Jesus in the New Testament.

Others have had visions and dreams of Jesus. Several have been physically healed by prayer in Jesus' name. Most have come to faith through the witness and example of local believers who were willing to risk much so that fellow Moors might know the Lord Jesus. Believers worship in underground groups meeting in homes.

APPEAL

Several relatively bloodless coups among the powerful elite, combined with the failure of area oil fields to create the instant wealth expected, have left many Moors feeling disenfranchised and disillusioned with the promises of their leaders. There is now a real opportunity for believers to live among Moors and share God’s good news.

Mark records that following the ascension of Jesus, “the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them” (Mark 16:20). Messengers who team up with Jesus will see positive results as Moors receive God's gift of salvation. Are you ready to get in step with the Lord and participate in reaching the Moors?

REMEMBER TO PRAY!
Pray for the Moor Tribe

1. Youth to open their hearts and minds to the gospel,
2. Teenagers to recognize their God-given destiny,
3. Youth to lead the way in bringing their people to faith in Jesus Christ.

Prayer Promise

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes" (Romans 1:16).

MORE INFORMATION: www.linkupafrica.com

Remember: BY MY SPIRIT

Memory verse: Acts 1:4–5
"Wait for the gift my Father promised...you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

1. Apart from the Holy Spirit, I can do nothing of lasting value.
2. I want to be baptized in the Holy Spirit.
3. May my life, like a cup, be continually full of the Holy Spirit.

Pray for the Moor tribe.
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