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Kids Church Lesson

May 12, 2024

This Week in Kids Church - Paul Became a Christian (Acts 9)        

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The Acts 9 story of how Saul of Tarsus came to be a follower of Jesus is a widely known passage that reveals an essential truth for us as believers: God has the power to transform the hearts and lives of anyone who places their faith in Him. The power of the Holy Spirit changes us from the inside out, and the same Lord who transformed Saul causes us to walk in new life when we turn to Christ. 

What do we learn about the role of God’s saving grace in this story? How can our testimonies reflect the same Spirit-empowered life change as Saul’s? 

God sought out Saul for the work of His kingdom, despite the hostility and malice this former Pharisee had toward the Christian church. Nothing in Saul’s story—not even the wrongful executions and imprisonment of Christ’s disciples—was too big for God to forgive by grace through faith in His Son, Jesus. Through his experience on the road to Damascus, Saul realized the weight of his own sin, the power of this mighty God, and the only chance he had in being made right before Him: surrendering his life to Jesus. Nothing Saul did could separate him from God’s love for him in Jesus. The same is true for us! 

Later, in a letter to his protégé Timothy, Saul—also known by his Greek name, Paul—wrote, “‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners'—and I am the worst of them” (1 Tim. 1:15). He knew he needed God’s grace to be made right before the Father and that trusting in Jesus was his only means of being saved. 

Teach the kids in your family that all of us, no matter how young or old we are, needed Jesus to come into the world to save us. The gospel transforms our hearts and propels us to share the life we’ve found in Jesus with all who will listen. How can you equip your family with the excitement and knowledge of Jesus Christ that will lead them to share of His love, just as Paul did?
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FAMILY TALKING POINTS

CHRIST CONNECTION
This is the big idea of how this week’s Bible story points to Jesus.
●      Babies & Toddlers: God changes us to be like Jesus.
●      Younger Preschool: Paul was an enemy of Jesus, but then God changed him. When we trust in Jesus, He changes us from the inside out.
●      Older Preschool: Paul was an enemy of Jesus and His followers, but then God changed him. Jesus came to earth to save sinners like Paul. (1 Timothy 1:15). When we trust in Jesus, He changes us from the inside out.
●      Kids: Jesus appeared to Saul and changed him inside and out. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. (1 Timothy 1:15) Jesus called Saul, who was once an enemy to Christians, to spend the rest of his life telling people the gospel and leading them to trust in Jesus.
 
BIG PICTURE QUESTION & ANSWER
This is an important biblical truth that your child will encounter each week of this unit. 
●      Younger Preschool: Who can be saved? Anyone who trusts in Jesus is saved.
●      Older Preschool: Who can be saved? Anyone who trusts in Jesus is forgiven of their sins.
●      Kids: Who can be saved? Anyone who trusts in Jesus can be forgiven of their sins and be right with God.
 
KEY PASSAGE
This is a Bible verse that relates to what your child will encounter each week of this unit. 
●      Babies & Toddlers: God sent Jesus to save people. John 3:17
●      Younger Preschool: God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to save people. John 3:17
●      Older Preschool: “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:17 
●      Kids: “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:17
 
** Next week: Paul Became a Missionary (Acts 13–14)
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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
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