VBS - Day 4

Acts 9:1-19 (NIV) - Saul's Conversion
The Road to Damascus

(1) Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples. He went to the high priest (2) and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.

(3) As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. (4) He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"

(5) "Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked.

"I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied. (6) "Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."

(7) The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. (8) Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. (9) For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

(10) In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, "Ananias!"
"Yes, Lord," he answered.

(11) The Lord told him, "Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. (12) In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight."

(13) "Lord," Ananias answered, "I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. (14) And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name."

(15) But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. (16) I will show him how much he must suffer for my name."

(17) Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord-Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here-has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit." (18) Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, (19) and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Memory Verse
For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
- Jeremiah 29:11

Drawing Activity (after you finish your craft)

Draw a picture resembling each part of the story.






1) Saul got permission from the high priest to be able to put any Christians in jail (verses 1-2).





2) Saul was knocked off of his horse by a blinding light. Jesus spoke to him from this massive light and asked Saul, "Why do you persecute me?" (verses 3-4)




3) Jesus told Saul to go to the city for further instructions. However, the bright light left Saul blind for three days! (verses 5-9)




4. The Lord commanded Ananias to meet Saul at Judas' house. The Lord wanted Ananias to lay his hands on Saul so that the Lord would fill him with the Holy Spirit as well as heal his blindness.




5. Ananias was scared. Saul was known for putting Christians in jail and agreeing to the death of at least one Christian martyr, and likely more (cf. Acts 7; verses 13-14 of this chapter).




6. The Lord was sure of His purpose for Saul, so Ananias put his hands on Saul, prayed, and scales fell off of Saul's eyes. He was filled with the Holy Spirit and was then baptized. He would change his name to Paul, meaning "humble" or "little." (verses 15-19)