When Saul encountered Jesus on the Damascus road, he was temporarily blinded. He ate some food and regained his strength. Close in prayer. Memory Verse Activity: Have pictures/objects of different ways believers can serve God (musical instrument, passport, money, teacher, sports, pastor, mother, etc.). To perform a miracle always requires faith. God has a purpose for each believer as they follow and serve Jesus. Why not? Luke plainly says that the local governor was moved to action against Saul not by Aretas or by Nabataean governors of other cities, but by influential local Jews who hated the preaching of Christ. The two men shake hands and then sit down. This Jewish Dad and Mom were from the tribe of Benjamin. As we learn about Saul in this lesson we will see that no person is too difficult for God to change. Idea starters:  Where they go to school (public, home, Christian or private school), their talents, difficulties they may have faced (death, divorce, moving) etc. DIRK: The card says that Saul goes around from town to town looking for Christians to arrest. ), Jesus asked Saul why he was persecuting Him? 4:25). For your convenience, you can also download the entire PDF version of this Saul's Conversion Children's Ministry Lesson (just click the link). The name refers to the coastal plain extending north from Joppa to Caesarea and beyond to Mt. His enemies had enlisted the support of a powerful figure, the local governor appointed by King Aretas (2 Cor. By merging the two accounts, we learn that Ananias had a dual purpose; not only to restore Saul's sight, but also to lead the man to salvation who would show much of the gentile world how to be saved. You can find pictures on www.hammondsinhaiti.com. . By the end of this lesson, kids will learn how God uses missionaries to change people's lives. If a student is distracted draw them back in.) We should not say smugly to ourselves, "He's right. Perhaps there were godly Jews in the region who, as they beheld the new religious movement known as the Way, were standing aloof from it only because they desired clearer evidence that it was truly a work of God. Consider Charles Spurgeon, known as the prince of preachers. When God saves a life He is faithful to give instructions about how to follow Jesus. He believed that they were teaching false doctrine and leading many Jews away from the truth. While he remained in the province of his birth, he was busy for Christ—so busy and so effective, in fact, that news of his evangelistic work spread throughout the churches. No doubt because Saul had gone into hiding to escape arrest, the governor, anticipating that Saul’s next move would be an attempt to flee, put all the gates of the city under constant watch. His friends took him away from Jerusalem and sent him back to Tarsus to stay for awhile. As a result of this transformation in his life he angered Jews who believed as he once had. We’ve also created a coloring page that illustrates the story of Paul’s conversion. What do you think was going on in the minds of the men traveling with Saul? Saul was an angry man who persecuted Christians. With God all things are possible. After praying and satisfying himself that it was God’s will to raise this woman to life, Peter turned and said, "Tabitha, arise." 14:31), was now so mighty in faith that he confidently hurried off to perform the hardest kind of miracle. God told a man named Ananias in a dream that he should go see Saul. A baby boy was born to this dad and mom. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Fiction, he was traveling to Damascus to imprison believers. History remembers Paul as the man who took Christianity beyond the bounds of the Jewish nation and made it primarily a gentile religion. The leading apostles understood that it was their responsibility to help all the churches. And they glorified God in me" (Gal. Also, to arouse sympathy for this former enemy of the church, the Lord foretold that in serving God, Saul would undergo great suffering. The Holy Spirit encouraged and strengthened the believers. . So, should I just get rid of the quarter? With you, all things are possible. What if you were Saul? Review Questions: Meanwhile in Damascus there’s a believer named Ananias. Here's a video from Saddleback kids that you might find helpful to go along with your Sunday School Lesson on Saul's Conversion. This lesson appears in Ed Rickard's In Perils Abounding, vol. DIRK: So let me ask you. The Lord continued, "It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks" (Acts 26:14). Was it from the sudden “light from heaven” or seeing Jesus in His Shekinah glory? Barnabas encouraged them that Saul was a true believer. Soon, his reputation among Christians was that he had "destroyed" (literally, "made havoc of "1 or "spoiled"2) the church in Jerusalem (Acts 9:21). 430 Oak St. Sellersburg, IN 47172, © 2020 Ministry-To-Children.com | Read our, Children's Bible Lesson: The Worth of Knowing God, Great Commission Object Lesson (Matthew 28:16-20), "The Value of Discipline" Bible Lesson (Hebrews 12), Children’s Sermon: Love Your Enemies Like David Did – Saul and David, Lesson: An Angel Helps Peter Escape from Prison, Back to School (Sunday School Lesson) Armor of God, “Back to School ” Children’s Sermon (Jesus, the Sin Eraser), “Back to School” Object Lessons (School Supplies Backpack), Saul was traveling to Damascus to visit his sick grandmother. Sometime later, Peter took a tour of all the churches, coming at last to Lydda, a city on the road from Jerusalem to Joppa on the Mediterranean coast. Then choose one child to be a "missionary." Conscience alone is seldom a sufficient restrainer. He did not know that he was actually fighting against God. At the time of Christ, Saul was born in Tarsus, a coastal city now located in Turkey. There is only one way that a person can please God. Upon what teacher of divine truth did all these men depend? Acts 9:1–19. 11:33). That means no permission is needed as long as you credit this Ministry-To-Children.com in the final work. Suddenly the pressure upon them to hide was removed, and they could freely meet together and share spiritual encouragement. Other names that believers used for themselves also appear here in chapter 9: disciples (vv. Rather, it means only that they never saw him during this period. This can be used as a guide to help you prepare this lesson for your class. When a man named Saul was hunting down Christians to arrest them, he had an encounter with God that changed his life. Saul received a few things that day. Over 300,000 people died. Perhaps the Lord kept Saul in the remote school of Arabia for this protracted term so that no one could view his training as less thorough and authoritative than Jesus had furnished the disciples, who also spent three years with a divine teacher. It is not by our power or might, but by the Spirit, says the LORD. At first Ananias was frightened to go to Saul – he knew who Saul was and that Ananias could be arrested and killed if he went to Saul. At midday, as they drew near Damascus, a brilliant light stronger than the sun suddenly engulfed the whole company (Acts 22:9; 26:13).