Paul’s Conversion and Baptism
Acts 8:1-3; 9:1-31
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation. Romans 1:16
Jesus appeared to Saul and changed him inside and out. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. (1 Tim. 1:15) Jesus called Saul, who was once an enemy of Christians, to spend the rest of his life telling people the gospel and leading them to trust Jesus as Lord and Savior.
After salvation, Saul began to go to the synagogues to preach about Jesus. The people were amazed. They recognized Saul and knew he had wanted to put an end to the church and all the believers. Now he was one of them!
FAMILY TIME #1
Read Acts 8:1-3; 9:1-31. Saul had hated Jesus and His followers, but then he met Jesus. Jesus came to earth to save sinners. (1 Timothy 1:15) Jesus changed Saul’s life! Saul, also known as Paul, spent the rest of his life telling people the good news about Jesus.
What happened when Saul heard Jesus?
FAMILY TIME #2
Pop some popcorn and talk about how the heat source causes the popcorn kernels to change. Eat the popcorn together as you open your Bible to Acts 9 and briefly review Paul’s conversion. Talk about how Paul’s life was very different. Talk about how God changes Christians from the inside out to be more like His Son, Jesus.
FAMILY TIME #3 (Use your senses)
Provide different items for the children to touch, such as sand, paper, feathers, cotton, or rocks. Provide different items for children to smell, such as vanilla or fruit-flavored extracts. Play music with different nature sounds or instruments. For taste, provide favorite snacks.
Discuss • If you weren’t able to see with your eyes, you could use your other senses such as touch, taste, smell, and sound to know what is going on around you. Saul was blinded after he saw the bright light and heard Jesus speak.