This week we will look at an event that may be the biggest for the history of Christians outside of Jesus' birth, death and resurrection. In Acts 9, we see the conversion of Saul. We met Saul at the death of Stephen and he was a Jewish leader who was bent on destroying all Christ followers. At this time, he got permission to go to Damascus to find a group of "Christians" and take them to jail.
On the road to Damascus, a bright light shone from the sky and knocked Saul to the ground. Inside the light, the voice of Jesus spoke with Saul. The voice told him to go to Ananias' home. While there, Saul received the Holy Spirit and scales fell from his eyes and he could see again. After spending a few days with the disciples, he began to preach to everyone about Jesus! The Jewish leaders there didn't like this and they planned to kill Saul. So the disciples lowered Saul over the wall of the town in a basket and Saul went to Jerusalem to continue spreading the word of Jesus Christ! He would continue that work the rest of his life. Amen!
1) Change in Jesus
How was Saul before he met Jesus? How was he different afterwards?
How are people before they meet Jesus? Read Ephesians 4:17-19.
How are they different afterwards? Read Ephesians 4:20-24.
2) Have I met Jesus?
Can you name to moment that you met Jesus? Like when Saul was blinded by the light.
Or if you know that you have met Jesus was it a slower process? How can you know for sure that you have met Jesus? Re-read Ephesians 4. Which life sounds more like yours?
Open the video to see how Paul's hard heart changed like a kernel of popcorn!
Use this activity packet for younger or older students (different activities for either).