CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES
RELIGION AND NATIONAL VALUES
WEEK 2/WEEK 3
THEME – THE PAUL’S APOSTLE
PREVIOUS LESSON – PAUL’S EARLY LIFE
TOPIC: PAUL’S CONVERSION
By the end of the lesson, the pupils should have attained the following objectives (cognitive, affective and psychomotor) and be able to –
- give reasons for Paul’s proposed mission to Damascus;
- describe what happened to Paul on the way to Damascus;
- explain the baptism and mission of Paul;
- explain the importance of Paul’s conversion.
Story of Paul
The teacher will teach the lesson with the aid of: Bible and relevant pictures.
METHOD OF TEACHING – Choose a suitable and appropriate methods for the lessons.
Note – Irrespective of choosing methods of teaching, always introduce an activities that will arouse pupil’s interest or lead them to the lessons.
- Scheme of Work
- 9 – Years Basic Education Curriculum
- Living as God’s Children Book 6
- All Relevant Materials
- Online Information
CONTENT OF THE LESSON
Conversion means changing one religion (faith) for another.
PAUL’S PROPOSED MISSION TO DAMASCUS – ACTS 9: 1-2
After killing Stephen, Paul and his friend killed many Christians in Jerusalem. The surviving Christians fled to places like Judea, Samaria and Damascus. In all these places, the Christians told the people about Jesus, the savior of the world.
Many believed them and became Christians. Paul obtained permission to arrest the Christians in Damascus. Paul and his friends were very happy, and they made preparations for the journey to Damascus.
Paul’s proposed mission to Damascus is to arrest the Christians.
WHAT HAPPENED TO PAUL ON THE WAY – ACTS 9: 3-9
To get to Damascus, Paul and his friends rode on horses. As they were talking about how to arrest the Christians on their way to Damascus, something strange happened to Paul. A lightening flashed and blinded Paul on his way to Damascus.
He fell on the ground and heard a voice (of Jesus) calling his Jewish name,
“Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?.
And Paul asked,
” who are you, Lord?.
And Jesus replied,
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting, but rise and enter the city and you will be told what to do.”
All the friends of Paul became afraid because they heard the voice but saw no one. Paul “now blind” was taken to Damascus and stayed in the house of a man called Judas.
Jesus Christ appeared to Paul on his way to Damascus.
PAUL’S CONVERSION, BAPTIST AND MISSION – ACTS 9:10-19
For three days, Paul was in Damascus without eating, but praying all the time. Paul saw Jesus sending somebody to him see again, and to baptize. Jesus appeared to Ananias, one of the Christians in Damascus, He said,”For he (Paul) is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and Kings and sons of Israel.”
Jesus told him to go and help Paul regain his sight, and baptism. He laid his hand on Paul, and he regained his sight. He baptized Paul and became a Christian. He then received the Holy Spirit. He took some food and was strong again and he began to proclaim that Jesus is Christ.
IMPORTANCE OF PAUL’S CONVERSION – ACTS 9:31
31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.
Importance of Paul’s conversion is to spread Christianity to Gentiles nations.
- To deliver the lesson, the teacher adopts the following steps:
- To introduce the lesson, the teacher revises the previous lesson. Based on this, he/she asks the pupils some questions;
- Asks pupils if any of them had been converted from another religion to Christianity or if they had seen or heard of anybody who had been so converted;
- Asks pupils if they observed any change(s) in the life of the people so converted;
- Pupil’s Activities – Participates by answering questions.
- Narrates the story of Paul’s conversion.
- Pupil’s Activities – Listen and take active part in the classroom discussion.
- Guides drama on Paul’s conversion.
- Summarize the lesson on the board.
- Take note.
- To conclude the lesson for the week, the teacher revises the entire lesson and links it to the following week’s lesson.
- Next Lesson – Importance of Paul’s Conversion
Attempt all the questions
1. __________________ means changing one religion (faith) for another.
2. Paul’s proposed to __________________.
3. Paul obtained __________________ to arrest the Christians in Damascus.
4. Paul and his friends were very happy.
A. They get permission to persecute the Christians.
B. The get authority to persecute the Christians.
C. They get right to persecute the Christians.
5. To get to Damascus, Paul and his friends rode on __________________.
6. As they were talking about how to arrest the Christians on their way to Damascus, something strange happened to Paul. What happened?
A. Paul and his friends became blind.
B. Paul’s friends became blind.
C. Paul alone became blind.
7. Paul became blind on his way to __________________.
8. Paul heard the voice of __________________.
9. __________________ is Paul’s Jewish name.
10. Paul was blind for how many days?
A. Five days
B. Four days
C. Three days
11. When Paul became blind, what was he doing?
12. Who helped Paul?
13. Paul became __________________ after eating.
14. He baptized Paul and became a Christian.
Mention 2 reasons for Paul’s mission to Damascus.
17. Describe what happened to Paul on the way to Damascus.
18. Explain the baptism and mission of Paul.
Mention 2 importance of Paul’s conversion.