Friday, April 1, 2011


This is handout 1.14, The Spirit Filled Leader, in Foundations to Leadership. I wrote it to help develop the Youth Leaders (LITs) in our Awana Club. This hand-out and others like it are given the the kids at the end of club to take home and review during the week. They write out answers to the questions which they then discuss with a mentor, and return to club. I do not object to it being copied and used.

Foundations in leadership 1.14

The Spirit Filled Leader

On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. By this he meant the Spirit whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. John 7:37-39. NIV.

1. Many things happen when we believe in Jesus, these verses do not list them all but what do they say happens when we believe in Jesus?

2. (A) What does the Streams of Water picture here?

(B) What is meant by that picture?

3. “Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom, we will turn this responsibility over to them.” Acts 6:3. “And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus,, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism.” Acts 6:5. In these 2 verses from Acts, the apostles could have made any number of things the criteria of leadership what did they say was the requirement?

4. What do you think it means to be “Full of the Holy Spirit?”

5. We do things that quench Gods Spirit in us, what can you think of that quenches Gods Spirit and keeps us from being the leaders we should be?

When you received Jesus you also received the Holy Spirit. You can’t earn the Holy Spirit but you can stifle it by sin and self will. To be filled by the Holy Spirit is to yield yourself to the Spirit’s control. This is expressed in many ways but most often by a prayer to God where we may tell God that we yield to His Spirits leading and guidance. Some voice such a prayer daily or more often as they feel a need.

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(c)Adron Dozat

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