Monday, June 23, 2014

Online Sunday School Lessons - Paul's Shipwreck!

Another great addition to your online Sunday School lessons! Use this story to teach about the time Paul was shipwrecked.


Needed: Bibles

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and to give their answers to the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

Remember that in the Bible times and in other countries still today, it was against the law to believe in Jesus. It was against the law to be a Christian. And that’s why many Christians were arrested and put in jail and sometimes even killed. One time when Paul was arrested – and it was actually the last time he was arrested before he died – they had to take him on a ship to Rome so that he could go to court and be judged by the Emperor, the King of Rome.

(Have students take turns reading Acts 27:9-28:1, or read it yourself.)

If you were out on the ocean and your boat got stuck, and you didn’t have any food or water, what would you do?

What if your boat started breaking apart? Would that be scary?

All of the men with Paul were very scared because they thought they might drown, but God helped them all get to the beach.

Why do you think God kept Paul from drowning in the storm? (God wanted Paul to go to court and see the Emperor so he could tell the Emperor about Jesus.)

Do you think God wants you to tell people about Jesus too? (Yes.)

God wants us all to tell people about Jesus so that they can believe in Jesus and go to Heaven when they die.

(Have students take turns reading Acts 28:2-6, or read it yourself.)

Why do you think Paul didn’t die when the snake bit him? (God protected him.)

Do you think God could protect you like He protected Paul from dying in the storm and from dying from the snake bite? (Yes.)

God can always protect us. But we have to remember that God doesn’t always protect us. People do get hurt and people do die. God can protect us, but sometimes He won’t decide to.

(Have students take turns reading Acts 28:7-10

How do you think Paul was able to heal the man who was sick? (God gave Paul the power to heal him.)

Do you think God can give you that kind of power? (Yes.)

But again, we have to remember that God doesn’t always give us that kind of power. Sometimes He doesn’t want us to be healers like Paul was. Sometimes God just wants us to believe in Him and do the right things in our life without having any special powers like that. It’s up to God if He gives us those powers or not.

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