Story Overview: Paul (or Saul) was an extremely zealous Jew who believed that those who followed Jesus were blaspheming God and the Jewish religion. Paul went so far as to hunt down Christians and kill them for what they believed. When Jesus blinded Paul with a bright light on the road to Damascus, Paul had to face the fact that he had been wrong all of his life. He did admit he was wrong and continued to the city of Damascus where he was baptised by a Christian named Ananias. Paul then regained his sight and began preaching about Jesus. His former Jewish friends began to hate Paul. When they tried to kill him, Paul’s new Christian friends lowered him in a basket over the city walls and helped him escape.
Suggested Emphasis: When Paul found out he was wrong he admitted it and changed his life. We should too.
|Background Study||Way to Introduce the Story||The Story|
|Review Questions||Craft and Activity Ideas||Online Resources|
Way to Introduce the Story:
“What would you do if you heard that there was someone in our town who was trying to hurt all Christians? We might have to meet in secret places. If you heard that that person was close by what would you do? You might have to use secret codes to tell other Christians where to meet. Has anyone ever seen a fish symbol like this? (Draw it on the board) Christians used to use that secret symbol to represent Jesus. That way mean people didn’t know what they were talking about. In the book of Acts we read about many people who became Christians. There were also some people who got very angry that anyone would follow Jesus. One man, Saul, got so angry that he even killed Christians.”
- What is Paul’s other name? Saul
- Before becoming a Christian, what did Paul do? Searched out and killed Christians because they believed in Jesus.
- What happened to Paul on the road to Damascus? Jesus came to him in a bright light and blinded him.
- Who baptised Paul? Ananias
- How did Paul escape from Damascus? Christians lowered him over the city walls at night in a basket
- Have children act out situations in which they have to admit that they are wrong.
- Decorate any food container (ice cream, margarine tub, etc.) to look like a basket.
- Do a weaving project.
- Continue to work on last week’s memory verse.
- Draw a large outline of a man on a poster or large sheet of paper. Write “PAUL” in large letters on the figure. At the end of class have the children take turns writing words that describe Paul in today’s story (blind, killed Christians, baptised, basket, etc.) We will be studying about Paul for the rest of this term and part of the next. You can add new words each week.
- Check the Teaching Ideas page on this website for ideas that suit any lesson.
- Colouring page and puzzle worksheets at http://www.calvarycurriculum.com/pdf/childrenscurriculum/NEW/CURR252.PDF
- Colouring page of Saul being struck blind at http://www.calvarywilliamsport.com/5a111.htm
- Colouring page of Saul being struck blind (Saul depicted very young) at http://www.calvarywilliamsport.com/5a74a1.html
- Colouring page of Paul and Ananias at http://www.calvarywilliamsport.com/5a85.htm
- Visual Aid: Colour pictures covers both Philip and the Ethiopian and the story of Saul’s conversion (Acts 9) (It is in pdf. and can be viewed on-screen. However, I found it easier to save it to my computer and then view it.) at http://bibleforchildren.org/PDFs/english/From%20Persecutor%20to%20Preacher%20English.pdf
- Online slideshow at http://biblelessonsite.org/slideshow90.html
- Activity: Make a brochure about the conversion of Saul at http://www.sundayschoolkids.com/activities2/2-sauls-conversion1.htm
- Preschool lesson plan (but downplays baptism) at http://www.missionarlington.org/d/AR-8-Acts9-Saul.pdf
- Crossword puzzle at http://www.sermons4kids.com/transformer_crossword.htm
- A good selection of puzzles and games to print at http://www.gardenofpraise.com/bibl64s.htm
- (About Paul) A good selection of puzzles and games to print at http://www.gardenofpraise.com/bibl34s.htm
- Craft: Doorknob hanger from http://www.sundayschoolcrafts.net/paul-doorknob-hanger.php
- Preschool Lesson Plan and paper craft at http://www.calvary-kids-pages.com/pdf/sunday_school/sauls_conversion_1.pdf
- Review: Create a “passport” that covers the life of Paul. Good visual ideas and activities. Could be split up to go with several lessons or taught all together as a review of previous lessons concerning Paul found at http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.co.nz/2013/03/review-of-pauls-life.html
- Room Decorations: A wall scene that depicts the basket being lowered down the city wall of Damascus. You’ll have to scroll down the page at http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.co.nz/2012/08/bible-class-tent-ideas.html