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The 8 Goals for Kids of the Assemblies of God features eight elements which should be included regularly in the spiritual diet of the children in our churches. Yet, the one goal that many teachers seem just a bit afraid to teach is for kids to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit and to be Spirit empowered. Because of this fear, many times this one goal is left off the kids’ spiritual menu. With Kidmin leaders not including this instruction on the baptism in the Holy Spirit, their kids have to wait until kids’ camp before they can be offered this portion of their spiritual diet.
If you are as concerned as I am about each generation having an experience with the Holy Spirit that introduces them to the power He gives to spread the gospel, then this post is for you. We as children’s leaders must come to the point where we stop teaching about the baptism in the Holy Spirit only when there is a special service at camp or only when the curriculum brings up the topic. Our kids deserve more!
There’s a saying I always use when talking about living the Spirit-filled life: The Holy Spirit doesn’t make you better than someone else, He makes you a better you. This is a very important statement because of the way some Spirit-filled individuals have carried themselves. Being Spirit-filled should not turn anyone off. Instead, there should be something magnetic and attractive about being filled with the Holy Spirit.
As a father of two elementary-age girls, this verse and statement has become real to me. Every morning on the way to school we acknowledge the Holy Spirit with a, “Good morning, Holy Spirit.” We have the power of the Holy Spirit working in us, through us, and for us. So how do we allow our kids ministries to walk in that power?
The involvement of the Holy Spirit is crucial in a child’s life. John 14:26 says, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” If a child is to experience anything in the Christian life that has eternal value, the Holy Spirit is involved. The Holy Spirit is vital to a child. He is the One rooting for them, and kids need to know that.
I’m concerned about this generation of children having a genuine Pentecostal experience and understanding. My concern is primarily because I sense far too many misconceptions by leaders about what it means to be Pentecostal. These misconceptions are creeping into our teaching of children about the baptism in the Holy Spirit. If you would, please allow me a few minutes to share some key perspectives that must shape how we teach children about the baptism in the Holy Spirit.