Monday, June 23, 2014

Paul and Silas Sunday School Lesson

Use this Paul and Silas Sunday School lesson to teach about Paul and the jailer.


Needed: Bibles, blindfold

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

(Have students take turns reading Acts 16:16-18, or read it yourself.)

What did the girl have inside of her? (A spirit.)

What kind of spirit do you think it was? (A demon.)

What is a demon? (A demon is a bad spirit.)

How did Paul make the demon come out of the girl? (He said to the demon, “In the name of Jesus Christ, I command you to come out of her.”)

Because Paul had faith in Jesus, Jesus made the demon come out and leave the girl alone.

(Have another student read Acts 16:19, or read it yourself.)

Why were the girl’s owners angry at Paul?

Paul made the demon go away, which meant that the girl couldn’t tell people their fortunes anymore. The demon used to pretend to tell people their future and people would pay the girl’s owners to hear it. The girl’s owners were mad now because people wouldn’t pay anymore since the girl couldn’t tell them their fortune anymore.

Do you think the girl’s owners cared about her or did they just care about making money? (They just cared about making money. They didn’t mind that the girl had a demon living inside her.)

Do you think Paul cared about the girl? (Yes. He made the demon leave the girl so that she would be better.)

(Have students take turns reading Acts 16:20-24, or read it yourself.)

Why were Paul and Silas put in jail?  (Because Paul had made the demon leave the girl.)

(Have another student read Acts 16:25, or read it yourself.)

What were Paul and Silas doing during the night? (They were singing and praying to God.)

What do you think they were praying about? (Maybe that the people would believe in Jesus, maybe that God would help them get out of jail, maybe thanking God for giving Paul the power to make the demon leave the girl, etc.)

(Have another student read Acts 16:26, or read it yourself.)

What happened to free Paul and Silas? (An earthquake started and then all of the prison doors opened and their chains fell off.)

Who do you think made the earthquake happen? (God. God sent the earthquake to get Paul and Silas out of jail.)

(Have another student read Acts 16:27, or read it yourself.)

Why do you think the jailer was going to kill himself?

In those days, if you were supposed to be guarding someone and they escaped, you would be killed for letting them escape. The jailer was going to kill himself because he thought he was going to be killed anyway for letting the prisoner’s escape.

(Have another student read Acts 16:28, or read it yourself.)

Why do you think Paul and Silas didn’t run away when they had the chance? (They stayed because they didn’t want the jailer to get killed for them escaping.)

(Have students take turns reading Acts 16:29-34, or read it yourself.)

When the jailer saw that the prisoners were all there, he believed in God because he knew that God had sent the earthquake to get Paul and Silas out of jail. What did he ask Paul and Silas then? (He asked how he could be saved.)

And what did Paul and Silas tell the jailer when he asked how he could be saved? (They told him to believe in Jesus.)

If we believe in Jesus, God forgives us for our sins and we get to go to Heaven and be with God forever when we die.

Game: Jail Tag – Designate an area to be the jail and pick one student to be It. It is the Jailer. The rest of the students are Paul and Silas. The Jailer must tag the rest of the students. When the Jailer tags them, the students go to jail, just like Paul and Silas. The leader may pick more than one student to be the Jailer if the Jailer is having a hard time tagging everyone. Every once in a while or whenever everyone has been caught, the leader calls out “Earthquake!” and the students in the jail are freed and re-enter the game. Rotate students to be the Jailer so that one student doesn’t get too tired.

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