Our lesson today is about Paul’s (also known as Saul) encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. Paul is changed, or transformed, by this experience. Transformation means that something or someone completely changes and becomes a new thing. All around us during the spring, we see transformations in nature – an egg hatches a baby bird, a butterfly bursts from its chrysalis, tiny flowers develop into fruits or vegetables. I invite you to introduce today’s story by sharing some of these examples with your children. Then, talk about how the Holy Spirit transforms our hearts. Share how you have been changed by the presence of God in your life.
Step 1: Read the Scripture
Please read this scripture passage aloud with your family.
The Conversion of Saul* (Acts 9:1-9, NRSV)
*also known as Paul
Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
Step 2: Watch the Video
Watch this video together.
Step 3: Discussion
- Why did Jesus confront Paul?
- What happened to Paul on the road to Damascus?
- What happened to Paul’s eyes after Jesus spoke to him?
- What did Ananias do when he met Paul? What happened to Paul’s eyes after Ananias touched him?
- How was Paul changed after this experience?
- How does being a follower of Jesus change us?
Step 4: Pray Together
Dear God: Thank you for the power of transformation. Through your Holy Spirit, you make all things new. Amen.
Step 5: Activity Time
This week’s activity is a printable fill-in-the blank and maze.
Congratulations on finishing up the 2019-20 school year. I wish you all a Happy Summer! Hope we can see each other again soon. Stay safe and be well!