Today’s lesson is based on Acts 9
- Before Paul was known as Paul – what was his name? Saul
- What did Saul do to people who followed Jesus? He captured them and put them in prison. Some were even killed.
- When Saul was on his way to Damascus, what happened? He saw a bright light and Jesus talked to him! After that, he couldn’t see for three days.
- Ananias also heard the voice of Jesus. What did Jesus tell Ananias? To go to Saul and pray for him so that he could see again.
- How did Ananias feel about that? He was scared! He knew what Saul did to people who believed in Jesus. It was hard for him to believe he could change.
- The moment Ananias laid hands on Saul, his eyes were opened. From then on, Paul began to share the good news of Jesus with everyone! Talk about a big change!!
- How has knowing Jesus changed YOUR life?
Parents / Guardians: This is a fantastic opportunity to share a bit of your testimony with your child. When did you come to know Jesus? What changed after you gave your life to him? (be honest and open with your kids, but keep it age appropriate). For some of us (adults or kids), our testimony might not include a dramatic conversion like Paul’s. Perhaps you’ve always known and served Jesus. If that’s the case – he’s been changing you all along to be more like Him – and still is! Think about ways that your life would have been different if you didn’t know him, or ways that he is helping you change or grow.
When Saul met Jesus, everything changed! We’re going to try some “change it up” challenges today to see how well YOU do with change!
Challenge #1: Spell it!
- For this challenge, first choose a word that your child is able to spell and ask them to spell it for you out loud.
- Then, tell them that the rules have changed and they have to spell the word backwards!
- Backwards is trickier, right? How about this challenge:
Challenge #2 Write it!
- Have your child write their name on a piece of paper.
- Then, tell them that the rules have changed again, and they must write their name with their non-dominant hand.
- Have them write their name again and compare the two! (to add to the challenge, you could have them try it again and write their name with their eyes closed!)
Challenge #3 Walk it!
- Have your child walk from one designated point to another point in the room.
- Then, tell them that the rules have changed (again!) and they must walk back to the starting point but this time, with their eyes closed, AND walking backwards!
- (EGC Kids Tip: Stay close by and assist as needed so that no one gets hurt!)
- The good news about Jesus is that HE changes us. God doesn’t expect us to just be able to switch and do something backwards and instantly be different all on our own. That’s what Jesus does!
- Paul was created by God, and loved by God – and so are you and I. But sometimes, we choose to do what we want instead of choosing God. The Bible calls that sin. In fact, that’s the whole reason Jesus came! When Jesus died and rose again, he defeated sin and death once and for all.
- Now, when we choose to believe him and give him our lives, everything changes. He forgives us and makes us new again (2 Cor 5:17) and we become part of God’s big story – part of his family forever (John 1:12). Not only are we changed into a new person, but he helps us to keep changing – to keep becoming more and more like Him.
- Have you ever given your life to Jesus? If not, would you like to today?
Parents / Guardians: What about you? Have you ever chosen to give your life to Jesus? The Bible tells us that we ALL have sinned (Rom 3:23), and that sin separates us from God. The gospel – the good news of Jesus – is so much more than a cute story for our kids to learn about in kids’ church on Sunday mornings. The gospel says: no matter who you are, no matter what you’ve done: you are loved by a God who would go to incredible lengths to forgive you, to welcome you home, and to make you new. He wants to do that for you, today. If you, or someone in your home would like to make a commitment to follow Jesus, there are some resources below that can help! If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone here at EGC about what it means to follow Jesus, you can reach a member of our pastoral staff here our our kids min team here.
Additional Resources for Families:
- What is the Big God story? This video tells the story of the Bible from creation to Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection to what it means for us today. It’s a great summary for early elementary ages.
- Leading Kids to Jesus Below is a document provided by TruStory (the curriculum we base our lessons on each week.
If you, or someone in your family prayed today to ask Jesus into your life, we’d love to celebrate with you! Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
- If you’ve already made a commitment to follow Jesus, hooray! That’s awesome! Do you know someone who doesn’t know Him yet? Maybe a friend or someone in your family, a leader, or someone at school (maybe even someone who isn’t usually very nice to you)?
- Jesus loves them too – just like he loved Saul, and just like he loves you! Take some time right now to pray for them, that they would come to know Jesus! And, pray that God would give you the courage to talk to them about Him, just like Ananias in today’s story.
Parents/Guardians, close out your lesson time by speaking this blessing over your child(ren):