Monday, June 23, 2014

Sunday School Lesson on Forgiveness - The Apostles Forgive Saul

Use this Sunday School lesson on forgiveness to teach students about forgiving others.


Needed: Bibles

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

Has anyone ever done something wrong to you?

Is it ever hard to forgive someone when they do something wrong to you?
Last time, we met Saul, who was going to the city to arrest anyone who believed in Jesus. But then, Jesus talked to Saul from Heaven and instead of hating Jesus and everyone who believed in Jesus, Saul started believing in Jesus himself! Now let’s see what happened next in Saul’s life.

(Have students take turns reading Acts 9:20-23, or read it yourself.)

When Saul started preaching about Jesus, what did the Jewish people want to do to him? (Kill him.)

Why do you think they wanted to kill him for talking about Jesus? (They didn’t believe in Jesus.)

Back then, it was illegal to believe in Jesus. It’s still that way in many countries today. It is illegal to believe in Jesus and people are still being put in jail or killed for believing in Jesus.

(Have students take turns reading Acts 9:24-25, or read it yourself.)

How did Saul escape from the Jewish people? (Other disciples of Jesus lowered him out of the city in a basket and he ran away.)

(Have another student read Acts 9:26, or read it yourself.)

When Saul met the other disciples of Jesus, like Peter, did they trust him? (No.)

Why not? (They remembered that Saul used to be one of the people who was trying to kill them. They were afraid of him and thought maybe he was just tricking them so he could arrest them.)

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

Did the other followers of Jesus eventually trust Saul? (Yes.)

Sometimes it’s hard for us to trust someone again when they do wrong things to us, but as followers of Jesus, we have to forgive people for their wrong things and be willing to give them another chance. 

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