Last time in our Sunday School lessons Paul journey to Jerusalem, and had a great time visiting all of the churches he founded. This week we find Paul in Jerusalem and starting a riot. Because that’s what Paul does, start riots everywhere he goes.
What I learned from Paul in Jerusalem
The last few weeks of Acts are a little harder to figure out a direct object lesson. They’re great stories, and very interesting, but it took me a moment to figure out what I wanted the kids to get from it.
Then I looked at Paul in the palace. First I noticed he didn’t give the Roman governor and the King false flattery. He was respectful, but he didn’t gild the lily. He also didn’t keep on talking and talking. That’s a good lesson for me. In case you hadn’t noticed I can be verbose. Paul was concise and to the point.
Next, I noticed Paul had a ready answer to defend himself. He knew what his testimony was and how to present it. I’m very thankful my church has worked hard to make sure most of its members have an idea of how to present the gospel and how to give their testimony.
Paul in Jerusalem activities
I thought about having the kids give their testimony and defense of their faith, but that’s a bit beyond them right now. They’re right on the cusp of being able to explain that well. So, don’t be surprised if you see that in the near future.
Instead we looked at the life of Paul and put the events of his life in order. The kids did a lot of debating what each picture was (and in the lesson I’ve included a cheat sheet of what each picture is, apparently not everyone automatically knows exactly which lesson the picture goes to). In the end it was a fun activity that led to a few quick discussions.