Lesson Notes By Weeks and Term - Primary 4

The gifts of the Holy Spirit

WEEK 5&6




Topic: The gifts of the Holy Spirit

Guide to Bible passage: Acts 8, John 14:25; John 16:12

Performance objectives: At the end of the lesson, pupils should be able to:

1 explain how Jesus guides us by his spirit.

2 list some of the things Jesus promised the Holy Spirit would do.

3 identify the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of Christians.

4 state the fruits of the Holy Spirit.




When Paul was persecuting the Christians in Jerusalem before his conversion, many disciples left the place and went to other parts of the world.The Spirit of Christ was with them guiding them on how to do the work of the Gospel.

An example was Philip who went to Samaria and preached the Gospel. The Spirit of Christ in him made him to convert many people and to baptise them in the name of Jesus.The Spirit of Christ also gave him the power to heal the lame and blind people. He also cast demons from those that were possessed.

The Spirit also made Peter to have the power to lay hands on peopleand they received the Holy Spirit. When some believers that remained in Jerusalem heard that Philip hadconverted a lot of people to Christianity in Samaria, they were happy. They sent Peter to go and lay hands on them so that they would receive the Holy Spirit.The Spirit of Christ through Peter exposed one false convert who was a magician. He was called Simon the great because of his great magicalpower. He was among those that came out as believers and was baptised by Philip. He showed that he was not a true believer when he tried to offer money to Peter to sell to him the power of making people receive the Holy Spirit.

Peter was angry with him and told him to perish with his money. Petersaid to him that the gift of God cannot be bought or sold. He advised Simon to pray to God for forgiveness of his evil intention. Simon repented and begged Peter to pray to God for him for forgiveness The Spirit of Christ also directed Philip from Samaria to Graza, to join one Ethiopian man in his chariot. The man went to Jerusalem to worship and was reading a passage from Isaiah as he was coming back. The passage was about Christ but the  Ethiopian did not understand. When Philip joined the man in his chariot, he asked whether the man understood what he was reading. The man said no and asked for assistance.

Philip interpreted the passage to him and the man understood thingsabout Christ and believed in him. So, when they came to where there was water, the Ethiopian told Philip to baptise him and Philip did. The man went home a believer in Christ and was happy. The Spirit took Philip to another place. Concerning Philip and Peter, we notice the following gifts of the Holy Spirit:

1 Wisdom to preach the Gospel and convert people.

2 Power to perform miracles of healing.

3 Power to lay hands on people for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

4 Wisdom to interpret the word of God.

Jesus told his disciples that the Holy Spirit would be their counsellor and their teacher. He would help them remember all things. He said that the Spirit would guide them in the way of truth so that they would not speak by their own authority. They would speak only what they heard. The Spirit would reveal to them things to come.

The role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the present day Christians In our lives as Christians, the Holy Spirit enables us to

1 hate life of sin.

2 fellowship with one another.

3 show true love to others.

4 preach the word of God with truth.

5 condemn boldly the corrupt practices in our country.

6 perform genuine miracles such as that of healing.

7 prophesy.

8 get revelations from God.

9 have the wisdom to understand and interpret the word of God.speak in tongues genuinely.

11 interpret speaking in tongues.

12 have discerning spirit (to know a person operating with good spirit and the one operating with bad spirit, especially in prophecy.



According to Paul in his teaching, a person that has the Holy Spirit in him manifests these qualities in his daily life activities – love, joy, peace, patience or longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control, and so on.        

With the above qualities, we would be able to be law-abiding towards God and men.


Moral lessons

1 As Christians we should pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us avoid

the life of sin.

 2 Anytime we want to engage in Christian programmes like evangelism,

church service, fellowship, children’s concert, etc., we should pray for

the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

3 In our daily personal activities like going to school, work, travelling, etc.

we should ask the Holy Spirit to guide us.



1 Jesus promised his disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit which he said

would come from the father after his ascension into Heaven.

2 Jesus said that very soon, he would not be physically present with them

again, so they would need the Holy Spirit to guide them.

3 The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ and of God the father.

4 The promise of the Holy Spirit was not only for Jesus’ disciples then, but

also for anybody who would believe in him, and become his disciple.

5 Jesus told his disciples that the Holy Spirit would be to them:

a counsellor, comforter, teacher, guide, reminder, the spirit of truth

and prophecy.

6 The Holy Spirit guided Christ’s early disciples in their activities. Examples


a) In choosing Paul and Barnabas for missionary work to the Gentiles   b) Philip and Peter in their evangelical work.

c) Paul and Silas in their missionary work to Philippi at Macedonia in Europe, etc.

7 As the present day Christians or disciples, we need the guidance of the

Holy Spirit in all our activities.



1 What is the Holy Spirit?

2 Why did Jesus promise his disciples the Holy Spirit?

3 In which ways did Jesus say the Holy Spirit would serve the disciples?

Strategies & Activities:

Step1: Teacher revised the previous topic.

Step2: Teacher introduces the new topic.

Step3: Teacher explains the new topic.

Step4: Teacher welcomes pupils questions.

Step 5: Teacher evaluates the pupils.


Assessment & Evaluation:

  1. identify ways by which Jesus showed love to people.
  2. identify instances when Jesus demonstrated his love for mankind. 

Summary: Teacher goes over the topic once again to enhance better understanding.

Wrap_up(conclusion): Teacher corrects and Mark pupils notebooks.



Fill in the gaps below with correct answers.

4 The Holy Spirit guided the early Christians in choosing --------------------

and ------------------- for missionary work to the Gentiles.

5 During Paul’s second missionary journey, the Spirit of Christ told him and

Silas not to preach in ------------------------------.

Choose the correct answers to the questions below.

6 How did the Holy Spirit help Philip in his evangelical work in Samaria?

  1. He converted people and healed the sick.
  2. He escaped persecution.
  3. He performed magic.
  4. He rested.

7 Which is not one of the roles of the Holy Spirit in our lives as Christians? It

enables us to:

  1. teach the true word of God.
  2. perform miracles of healing.
  3. condemn boldly the evil practices in our country.
  4. discriminate.

8 Who laid hands on people in Samaria and they received the

             Holy Spirit?

A. Philip B. Peter C. Simon the

             Great  D. Paul

9 Which one of the following is a fruit of the Holy Spirit?

A. Envy B. Rough play C. Self-control

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