Paul's Faith Adventure!
Where in the Bible? Acts 9, New Testament
When? Approximately 2,005 years ago
Paul’s Faith Adventure: Paul was one of the greatest men of faith the world has ever seen. He preached the good news of Jesus to more than just the people of Israel. Because of Paul’s work faith in Jesus has spread all over the world. But the beginning of Paul’s faith might surprise you!
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“Time-travel is hard on the system. Are you sure you two want to go on one more trip?”
SATTAR was concerned that all this time-travel might be too much for A.J. and Milo.
“Yes! We want to go!”
“You guys sure are excited about time-travel.”
“We love meeting the people who put their faith in God all those years ago,” said Milo.
“Ya! The Bible has so many amazing stories. It’s awesome to think they all really happened so many years ago. We are so lucky to have you and the time travel machine to meet these Bible heroes face to face.”
“I love your passion! Ok, let’s go!”
A.J., Milo and SATTAR hurtled through time once again and landed right in the middle of the story of the apostle Paul. Paul was once named Saul. Saul hated believers in Jesus. He thought they were wrong to put their faith in Jesus. If they didn’t change their minds about Jesus, then he would have them killed. Saul was a terrible sinner.
Saul was on his way to Damascus. Suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground. Suddenly, a voice spoke to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you opposing me?”
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus,” he replied. “I am the one you are opposing. Now get up and go into the city.
There you will be told what you must do.”
The men traveling with Saul stood there. They weren’t able to speak. They had heard the sound. But they didn’t see anyone. Saul got up from the ground. He opened his eyes, but he couldn’t see. Saul’s friends led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind. He didn’t eat or drink anything.
In Damascus there was a believer named Ananias. God called out to him in a vision. “Ananias!” he said.
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.
God told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street. Ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying. He is expecting you to come and pray for him so he can see again.”
“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I’ve heard many reports about this man. They say he has done great harm to your believers in Jerusalem. Now he has come here to arrest all those who worship you. The chief priests have given him authority to do this.”
But God said to Ananias, “Go! I have chosen this man to work for me. He will announce my name to all people. I will show him how much he must suffer for me.”
Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. He placed his hands on Saul. “Brother Saul,” he said, “you saw the Lord Jesus. He appeared to you on the road as you were coming here. He has sent me so that you will be able to see again. You will be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Right away something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes. And he could see again. He got up, believed in Jesus and was baptized. After that time, Saul was a changed man. He changed his name to Paul.
Paul spent several days with the believers in Damascus. Right away he began to preach in the synagogues. He taught that Jesus is the Son of God.
All who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Isn’t he the man who caused great trouble in Jerusalem? Didn’t he make trouble for those who worship Jesus? Hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” But Paul grew more and more powerful. The Jews living in Damascus couldn’t believe what was happening. Paul proved to them that Jesus is the Messiah.
“Paul remind me of you guys,” SATTAR said to A.J. and Milo.
“What do you mean?” They questioned.
“Paul was a passionate guy. He loved the Bible and wanted to tell the truth about Jesus to everyone he met – just like you!” SATTAR explained. “Paul actually wrote much of the New Testament section of the Bible. He wanted to encourage the early believers in Jesus to stay with the faith even when times were hard. He told them truths to help them live right and have a great life.”
“This has been an awesome week of time travel. We can’t wait to see where God leads us next!”