Paul Met Jesus

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Unit 30, Session 2: Paul Met Jesus

Saul was no stranger to religion. He grew up in a religious household. He was a devout Jew who was born in Tarsus (Phil. 3:5) and inherited his Roman citizenship from his father. So when people began talking about this man named Jesus and claiming that He was the promised Messiah, Saul was defensive.

Saul believed strongly in the Jewish faith of his ancestors. He violently persecuted God’s church and tried to destroy it. (Gal. 1:13-14) He dragged believers from their houses and put them in prison. He approved of the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Saul thought he was doing the right thing by defending Judaism, but God’s purposes could not be stopped. As Saul was on his way to arrest believers in Damascus, the Lord stopped him in his tracks.

Jesus revealed Himself to Saul, and Saul was never the same. He was struck blind and led into Damascus, where a believer named Ananias placed his hands on Saul. Suddenly, Saul could see again. Saul was convinced that Jesus is Lord. Saul later described the experience as being like dying and receiving a new life. (Gal. 2:20; 2 Cor. 5:17)

God had a purpose and a plan for Saul. He had set Saul apart before Saul was even born. (Gal. 1:15) God said, “This man is my chosen instrument to take my name to Gentiles, kings, and Israelites” (Acts 9:15).

Jesus changed Saul’s life. Conversion happens when a person recognizes his sin, repents, believes in Jesus, and confesses Jesus as Savior and Lord. Jesus changes a person’s heart, and as a result, his life is changed too.

Jesus appeared to Paul and changed him inside and out. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. (1 Timothy 1:15) Jesus called Paul, who was once an enemy to Christians, to spend the rest of his life telling people the gospel and leading them to trust in Jesus.

 


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Paul Met Jesus

(Acts 8-9)

Jesus appeared to Paul and changed him inside and out. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. (1 Timothy 1:15) Jesus called Paul, who was once an enemy to Christians, to spend the rest of his life telling people the gospel and leading them to trust in Jesus.


STORY POINT:

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KEY VERSE:

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BIG PICTURE
QUESTION:

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Family Discussion Questions

  • What are some ways Paul changed after meeting Jesus?
    Why are we sometimes hesitant to share the gospel with certain people?
    Is anything too hard for God? Is anyone too evil to be changed by His grace?
  • Why do you think God chose to save a man like Paul?
    How should our lives change after meeting Jesus?

Worship

Game Idea

 Blindfold Tag

 

-Select one kid to sit in the middle of the room wearing a blindfold

-The other kids must attempt to sneak across the room without alerting one who is blindfolded.

-The blindfolded kid must attempt to reach out and tag kids as they cross.

-Any kids who are tagged will wear blindfolds and join the kids in the middle.

 

 

 

CONNECTION:

 

"It was hard to tag anyone when you were blindfolded. Today we will learn about a time Paul, also known as Saul, was blinded while traveling to a city called
Damascus. How do you think that happened?"

Serving
Jesus

The "Big Picture Question" for this unit is: Why does the church exist? The church exists to glorify God by worshiping Him, showing His love, and telling others about Jesus.

As a family, discuss ways you can BE the church by showing God's love, worshiping Him, and telling others about Him.