Here are some ideas for learning and teaching a few of the great principles in Acts 6-9. And while you’re here, I recommend you check out my free online course, “Seeking Jesus.”
Learning From Movie Clips in Acts
I think that learning from short video clips is fun in our multimedia age. Although there are no clips from “The Chosen” (YET!) that relate to Acts, the principles I talk about on my “Teaching with the Chosen” page apply.
This week, here are a couple of relevant video clips you might be interested in:
Any appropriate clip from the movie “Acts of the Apostles” (1994).
The Bible Project’s videos can be really helpful for getting a big picture overview. Here’s a link to their 10-minute video Acts, Part 1.
Short Clips from Seeking Jesus
I’ve pulled out a short clip from the “Seeking Jesus Course” connected to this week’s readings that you could use as a morning devotional or spiritual thought.
Ideas for Learning More About Acts 6-9
The story of Saul in Acts 9 is the story of dramatic change. The following object lesson could be a fun way to introduce this chapter:
Have two people face each other (if you have a large group you’re teaching, you could have everybody get into pairs). Have the two people look at each other for 5 seconds and then turn around (so that they are back to back). Ask each person to change a small thing about themselves (e.g., take out earrings, roll up your sleeves, remove a ring, etc.).
Then have the partners again face each other and see if they can see what the other person changed. The discussion that follows then is, “How is this like repentance?” and “How is this not like repentance?”
Learners can come up with many different ideas, including the principles that sometimes change is visible to others, and sometimes it’s not. True change will be permanent (how many people changed back to how they were (e.g., put the ring back on))?
With this framework in mind, read selected verses from Acts 9 and look for principles of repentance and change from Saul.
Thanks Anthony Sweat for this idea!
I hope these resources are helpful to you in your learning and teaching this week!