I’ve gotten behind my Sunday School class in posting lessons on my blog, so I’m trying to get myself some breathing room. A couple of days ago I shared Philip and the Ethiopian, and today we’re going to learn about Paul’s conversion.
I love the story of Paul’s Conversion
I know I usually start out these lessons with what I learn from these, and that can be summed up with: anyone can be forgiven. Paul says over and over again, “I am the least of the apostles, a terrible sinner, who was killing Christians, but Jesus forgave me.” If Jesus can change Paul, He can change anyone.
What’s In The Bible? Volume Eleven – Spreading The Good News! explains it perfectly to my mind. Think about what you would need to spread your news in a world that is going to be hostile to it:
- Someone who is persistent, and won’t give up
- Someone who knows his facts backwards and forwards
- Someone who doesn’t back down in the face of trials
- Someone who is a little scary
That’s Paul. Paul does not back down, ever. Paul was a Pharisee, he knew the Old Testament, he could quote large parts of it, he did not back down, and he was scary. He certainly had all of the Christians scared. Paul’s conversion changes the face of Christianity (which we’ll get into more later in the study)
And that’s the other part I love about this story. Annanais was willing to look past his prejudices and all of his anger at Saul (he wasn’t called Paul at this point) and forgive him. The same man who’d participated in Stephen’s death a few weeks earlier is now sitting there claiming to be a Christian. That’s HUGE!
Paul’s Conversion activities
Paul is blind, so of course we had to do a couple of blindfolded activities. They’re always fun to try, and it gives me a chance to test how well the kids listen. Our sidewalk is still covered in chalk drawings, actually even more drawings, from our Philip lesson, so they had to guide each other around the chalk drawings to another spot on the driveway. None of them successfully made it, but they were able to successfully guide me to the end. It was touch and go for a bit there.
Then, there’s this simple activity I created for the preschool in our VBS last year. I let my kids make their own, because they like projects like this, and as always their crafts were quite amusing. We ended up making ours more complex. In the VBS version it was one-sided, but we made ours blinded non-Christian Saul, and saved not-blinded Saul.
Paul’s conversion lesson resources
- Paul’s conversion Bible study questions and crafts
- Paul’s conversion craft
- Paul’s conversion worksheet
- Paul’s conversion mask