Use this Sunday School lesson on Paul to teach about the time people mistook Paul for a god.
Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and to give their answers to the questions before clarifying the teaching.)
Because we are Christians, because we believe in God and Jesus and other people do not, does that make us more special or more important than other people that don’t believe in God?
We are not more special or more important than other people. God loves everyone. We’re just lucky that we know the truth and that we do believe in Him.
Are pastors more special or more important than the rest of the people in the church?
Pastors are not more special or more important. It’s just that God has given them that special job in the church and He gives the rest of us other special jobs in the church.
(Have students take turns reading Acts 14:8-10, or read it yourself.)
How did Paul heal the crippled man and make him walk? (God gave him power through the Holy Spirit.)
What did the man need to have to be healed? (He had to have faith. He had to believe in Jesus.)
(Have students take turns reading Acts 14:11-12, or read it yourself.)
When Paul healed the man, what did the people think Paul was? (A god.)
Was Paul a god? (No, he was just a regular human, like us.)
(Have students take turns reading Acts 14:13-20, or read it yourself.)
Why did the people try to kill Paul? (Because he told them to believe in the real God and not in other, fake gods.)
How many Gods does the Bible say there are? (One.)