makes a difference!
1. If you could
things about your body, what would you like to change and why?
2. What two
would you like to change and why?
3. What was Paul
he became a Christian? Both good and bad?
22:3-16 "I am
a Jew, born and raised in the city of Tarsus in Cilicia. I was a
of Gamaliel and was taught to follow every single law of our ancestors.
In fact, I was just as eager to obey God as any of you are today.
4I made trouble for
who followed the Lord's Way, and I even had some of them killed. I had
others arrested and put in jail. I didn't care if they were men or
5The high priest and all the council members can tell you that this is
true. They even gave me letters to the Jewish leaders in Damascus, so
I could arrest people there and bring them to Jerusalem to be punished.
6One day about
was getting close to Damascus, when a bright light from heaven suddenly
flashed around. 7I fell to the ground and heard a voice asking me,
Saul, why are you so cruel to me?"
8"Who are you?" I
The Lord replied, "I
Jesus from Nazareth! I am the one you are so cruel to." 9The men who
travelling with me saw the light, but did not hear the voice.
10I asked, "Lord,
you want me to do?"
Then he told me,
and go to Damascus. When you get there, you will be told what to do."
light had been so bright that I couldn't see. And the other men had to
lead me by the hand to Damascus.
12In that city there
a man named Ananias, who faithfully obeyed the Law of Moses and was
liked by all the Jewish people living there. 13He came to me and said,
"Saul, my friend, you can now see again!"
At once I could see.
Ananias told me, "The God that our ancestors worshipped has chosen you
to know what he wants done. He has chosen you to see the One who obeys
God and to hear his voice. 15You must tell everyone what you have seen
and heard. 16What are you waiting for? Get up! Be baptised, and wash
your sins by praying to the Lord."
4. Why do you
wanted to kill and arrest Christians?
5. When Paul was
he thought that
a. he was
die. b. God was going to hate him forever.
c. God would
him. d. he should have been wearing sunglasses.
6. How would you
if you were Paul? Why?
7. What was Paul
8. In the story who
a. Paul hating
b. Paul searching for God but not finding him.
c. Paul being
committed to Jesus. d. Other.
(If so, please explain)
I was a hero?
Design your Own
Black, blonde, red, brown, green, none
fat, square, a skeleton, wall to wall muscle
average, good, excellent, computer brain
average, tall, head in the clouds
finger painting, average, University, Worlds' best
American, European, African, Asian, Martian
off, own a gold mine, own a country
1. Would you like
to be a
hero and why?
2. What would be
being a hero?
3. What would be bad
being a hero?
The Apostle Paul
had an excellent
background before he became a Christian. Read the list below and write
in a modern equivalent for each item.
God's Chosen People ____________________________
3. Tribe of
The Elite Tribe ____________________________
4. I am a true
Right Heritage ____________________________
Exclusive religious Group ____________________________
6. I strictly obeyed
Law Morally good ____________________________
7. Trained in the
of Gamaliel Best education ____________________________
8. A Roman
The World Rulers ____________________________
3:4-12 "We don't
brag about what we have done, 4although I could. Others may brag about
themselves, but I have more reason to brag than anyone else. 5I was
when I was eight days old and I am from the nation of Israel and the
of Benjamin. I am a true Hebrew. As a Pharisee, I strictly obeyed the
of Moses. 6And I was so eager that I even made trouble for the church.
I did everything the Law demands in order to please God.
7But Christ has
that what I once thought was valuable is worthless. 8Nothing is as
as knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have given up everything else and
it all as garbage. All I want is Christ 9and to know that I belong to
I could not make myself acceptable to God by obeying the Law of Moses.
God accepted me simply because of my faith in Christ. 10All I want is
know Christ and the power that raised him to life. I want to suffer and
die as he did, 11so that somehow I also may be raised to life.12I have
not yet reached my goal, and I am not perfect. But Christ has taken
of me. So I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize."
4. What was
to his past status symbols? Why?
5. What changed
6. What attitudes do
have that God would like you to change?
7. What was Paul's
8. What do you hope
for God in your life?
peace, serenity, bliss, delight, joy, rapture
1. What are three
that make you happy?
2. What stops you
3. If you could
thing to make you totally happy, what would it be?
4. How long would
to get sick of it? Why?
Paul had life
the following passage on some hardships he faced.
have worked harder and have been put in jail more times. I have been
with whips more and have been in danger of death more often.
24Five times the
me thirty-nine lashes with a whip. 25Three times the Romans beat me
a big stick, and once my enemies stoned me. I have been shipwrecked
times, and I even had to spend a night and a day in the sea. 26During
many travels, I have been in danger from rivers, robbers, Jews, and
My life has been in danger in cities, in deserts, at sea, and with
who only pretended to be the Lord's followers.
27I have worked and
and spent many sleepless nights. I have gone hungry and thirsty and
had nothing to eat. I have been cold from not having enough clothes to
keep me warm. 28Besides everything else, each day I am burdened down,
about all the churches. 29When others are weak, I am weak too. When
are tricked into sin, I get angry.
30If I have to brag,
brag about how weak I am. 31God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, knows I
am not lying. And God is to be praised for ever!"
5. List seven
Paul knew the
a hard life but also knew the secret of living
am not complaining about having too little. I have learnt to be
with whatever I have. 12I know what it is to be poor or to have plenty,
and I have lived under all kinds of conditions. I know what it means to
be full or to be hungry, to have too much or too little. 13Christ gives
me the strength to face anything."
6. What was his
living? Being your own best friend
your own best friend
1. Write down
things that you like about yourself?
2. Write down
that you would like to change about yourself?
Put an "x"
that you can never change; "?" beside what can be changed;
"*" beside what you
to change the most.
3. How could you
those items with a "?" beside them?
The way we view
plays a big part, in how we deal with them.
be glad because of the Lord! I will say it again: Be glad. 5Always be
with others. The Lord will soon be here. 6Don't worry about anything,
pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and
to God. 7Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you
peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will
the way you think and feel.
your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and
Don't ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of
9You know the teachings I gave you, and you know what you heard me say
and saw me do. So follow my example. And God, who gives peace, will be
with you. "
God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! The Father is a merciful God,
who always gives us comfort. 4He comforts us when we are in trouble, so
that we can share that same comfort with others in trouble. 5We share
the terrible sufferings of Christ, but also in the wonderful comfort
he gives. 6We suffer in the hope that you will be comforted and saved.
And because we are comforted, you will also be comforted, as you
endure suffering like ours. 7You never disappoint us. You suffered as
as we did, and we know that you will be comforted as we were.
8My friends, I want
to know what a hard time we had in Asia. Our sufferings were so
and so unbearable that death seemed certain. 9In fact, we felt sure
we were going to die. But this made us stop trusting in ourselves and
trusting God, who raises the dead to life."
4. What are some
that Paul had to face?
5. How did Paul
6. Where did Paul
God change you?
"You have been raised to life with Christ. Now set your heart on what
in heaven, where Christ rules at God's right side. 2Think about what is
up there, not about what is here on earth. 3You died, which means that
your life is hidden with Christ, who sits beside God. 4Christ gives
to your life, and when he appears, you will also appear with him in
controlled by your
body. Kill every desire for the wrong kind of sex. Don't be immoral or
indecent or have evil thoughts. Don't be greedy, which is the same as
idols. 6God is angry with people who disobey him by doing these things.
7And that is exactly what you did, when you lived among people who
in this way. 8But now you must stop doing such things. You must quit
angry, hateful, and evil. You must no longer say insulting or cruel
about others. 9And stop lying to each other. You have given up your old
way of life with all its habits.
10Each of you is now
person. You are becoming more and more like your Creator, and you will
understand him better. 11It doesn't matter if you are a Greek or a Jew,
or if you are circumcised or not. You may even be a barbarian or a
and you may be a slave or a free person. Yet Christ is all that
and he lives in all of us.
12God loves you and
chosen you as his own special people. So be gentle, kind, humble, meek,
and patient. 13Put up with each other, and forgive anyone who does you
wrong, just as Christ has forgiven you. 14Love is more important than
else. It is what ties everything completely together.
15Each one of you is
of the body of Christ, and you were chosen to live together in peace.
let the peace that comes from Christ control your thoughts. And be
16Let the message
Christ completely fill your lives, while you use all your wisdom to
and instruct each other. With thankful hearts, sing psalms, hymns, and
spiritual songs to God. 17Whatever you say or do should be done in the
name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks to God the Father because of
is "no worries" to 5 "major problem")
Lust, immoral movies etc. 0 1 2 3 4 5
Rage, rudeness, writing off other people 0 1 2 3 4 5
Dirty jokes, swearing, being foul 0 1 2 3 4 5
Slander, spreading rumours 0 1 2 3 4 5
does 11It doesn't
matter if you are a Greek or a Jew, or if you are circumcised or not.
may even be a barbarian or a Scythian, and you may be a slave or a free
person. Yet Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us."
3. Rate yourself
on the following.
I need to improve on
1 2 3 4 5
1 2 3 4 5
1 2 3 4 5
1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
4. What are four
can help Christians to grow?
5. This week I am
ask God to help me with...?
in my Family
1. When I
argue with my
parents it is about
0 1 2 3 4 5
1 2 3 4 5
c. Time to be home
1 2 3 4 5
d. Where I go out
0 1 2 3 4 5
e. Fighting with
0 1 2 3 4 5
f. Cleaning my
0 1 2 3 4 5
g. What I watch on
1 2 3 4 5
h. Being late
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
j. Doing my homework
2 3 4 5
2. Why do you
have different attitudes to children?
Act out a drama
one of the above situations. The parents and children to act the
to what normally happens in life?
3. Was what the
4. Was what the
5. How did the
in the situation?
6. How did the
feel in the situation?
you belong to the Lord, and you do the right thing when you obey your
The first commandment with a promise says, 2"Obey your father and your
mother, 3and you will have a long and happy life."
4Parents, don't be
on your children. Raise them properly. Teach them and instruct them
7. What does God
8. What does God
9. How old should
before you stop obeying your parents? How did you choose when?
10. In what ways can
be"hard" on children?
of you wise or sensible? Then show it by living right and by being
and wise in everything you do. 14But if your heart is full of bitter
and selfishness, don't brag or lie to cover up the truth. 15That kind
wisdom doesn't come from above. It is earthly and selfish and comes
the devil himself. 16Whenever people are jealous or selfish, they cause
trouble and do all sorts of cruel things. 17But the wisdom that comes
above leads us to be pure, friendly, gentle, sensible, kind, helpful,
and sincere. 18When peacemakers plant seeds of peace, they will harvest
act according top God?
12. In what ways
be a better to your parents?
13. How could
relationship with your mum?
14. How could you
your relationship with your dad?
worth dying for?
1. Who are you
2. Headmaster 3. A teacher
5. Mum or Dad 6. A stranger
7. Best friend 8.
Minister 9. No one
During the making of
of the atomic bombs, in World War Two, a workman dropped a spanner into
the starting mechanism. One of the key scientists instantly put his
into the radioactive material and recovered the spanner. If he had not,
the bomb would have gone off. Because of the radiation, he died a few
later. He gave his life to save those who were around him, and the city
in which the bomb was being built.
2. If he had not
spanner out what would have happened?
3. Do you think he
that he was going to die? Why?
4. Why do you think
he gave his life?
5. Would you have
same as the scientist? Why?
Romans 5:1-11 "
we have been made acceptable to God. And now, because of our Lord Jesus
Christ, we live at peace with God. 2Christ has also introduced us to
kindness on which we take our stand. So we are happy, as we look
to sharing in the glory of God. 3But that's not all! We gladly suffer,
because we know that suffering helps us to endure. 4And endurance
character, which gives us a hope 5that will never disappoint us. All of
this happens because God has given us the Holy Spirit, who fills our
with his love.
6Christ died for us
time when we were helpless and sinful. 7No one is really willing to die
for an honest person, though someone might be willing to die for a
good person. 8But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die
for us, even though we were sinful.
9But there is more!
that God has accepted us because Christ sacrificed his life's blood, we
will also be kept safe from God's anger. 10Even when we were God's
he made peace with us, because his Son died for us. Yet something even
greater than friendship is ours. Now that we are at peace with God, we
will be saved by his Son's life. 11And in addition to everything else,
we are happy because God sent our Lord Jesus Christ to make peace with
6. What type of
Jesus die for?
7. What was the
8. How does a person
a friend of Jesus?
9. Write a prayer
would say to become a Christian?
1. Rate the
the following. (O easy; 5 very hard)
0 1 2 3 4 5
b. Reading the
0 1 2 3 4 5
c. Going to
0 1 2 3 4 5
d. Giving to
ministry 0 1 2 3 4 5
about Jesus 0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
way 0 1 2 3 4 5
Romans 8:1-4 "If
to Christ Jesus, you won't be punished. 2The Holy Spirit will give you
life that comes from Christ Jesus and will set you free from sin and
3The Law of Moses cannot do this, because our selfish desires make the
Law weak. But God set you free when he sent his own Son to be like us
and to be a sacrifice for our sin. God used Christ's body to condemn
4He did this, so that we would do what the Law commands by obeying the
Spirit instead of our own desires. 5People who are ruled by their
think only of themselves. Everyone who is ruled by the Holy Spirit
about spiritual things."
2. Which of the
statements are right
a. We are put
with God by obeying the Ten Commandments.
b. Jesus tops
difference between or goodness and God's standard.
but it is up to us to get our own way to Heaven.
d. God is more
about our relationship with Him than how good we are.
e. You can
the Ten Commandments.
28We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves
him. They are the ones God has chosen for his purpose, 29and he has
known who his chosen ones would be. He had decided to let them become
his own Son, so that his Son would be the first of many children. 30God
then accepted the people he had already decided to choose, and he has
his glory with them.
3. If a person
Christian, does that mean that nothing will go wrong? Discuss.
we say about all this? If God is on our side, can anyone be against us?
32God did not keep back his own Son, but he gave him for us. If God did
this, won't he freely give us everything else? 33If God says his chosen
ones are acceptable to him, can anyone bring charges against them? 34Or
can anyone condemn them? No indeed! Christ died and was raised to life,
and now he is at God's right side speaking to him for us. 35Can
separate us from the love of Christ? Can trouble, suffering, and hard
or hunger and nakedness, or danger and death? 36It is exactly as the
"For you we face
day long. We are like sheep on their way to the butcher."
37In everything we
won more than a victory because of Christ who loves us. 38I am sure
nothing can separate us from God's love - not life or death, not angels
or spirits, not the present or the future, 39and not powers above or
below. Nothing in all creation can separate us from God's love for us
Christ Jesus our Lord!"
4. Who can
separate you from
5. Is our
God based on us or God?
6. What are four
that stop people from staying Christians?
7. How can you keep
8. What can you do
faith grows cold?
1. What are some
views that people have of God?
2. What does Paul
God in the following passage?
Acts 17:22-31 "
stood up in front of the council and said:
People of Athens, I
that you are very religious. 23As I was going through your city and
at the things you worship, I found an altar with the words, "To an
God." You worship this God, but you don't really know him. So I want to
tell you about him. 24This God made the world and everything in it. He
is Lord of heaven and earth, and he doesn't live in temples built by
hands. 25He doesn't need help from anyone. He gives life, breath, and
else to all people. 26From one person God made all nations who live on
earth, and he decided when and where every nation would be.
27God has done all
so that we will look for him and reach out and find him. He is not far
from any of us, 28and he gives us the power to live, to move, and to be
who we are. "We are his children," just as some of your poets have said.
29Since we are God's
we must not think that he is like an idol made out of gold or silver or
stone. He is not like anything that humans have thought up and made.
the past God forgave all this because people did not know what they
doing. But now he says that everyone everywhere must turn to him. 31He
has set a day when he will judge all the world's people with fairness.
And he has chosen the man Jesus to do the judging for him. God has
proof of this to all of us by raising Jesus from death."
3. What are four
4. How does some
5. If you had to
to some one how to become a Christian, what would you say?
6. If you had to
relationship to God which would you be?
God and don't care.
God but am interested.
c. Believe in
and don't care.
d. Believe in
but I am uncertain.
e. Believe in
but haven't chosen to follow Him.
God, but don't know how to become a Christian.
g. Believe in
and I think I maybe a Christian.
h. Believe in
and know that I am a Christian.
1. How would you
be remembered, if you died?
2. Write a death
what type of person you are?
3. If you knew
that you were
about to die who would you like to be able to write a letter to? Why?
4. What are three
things that you have leant in your life?
Paul was a key
in the early church and wrote his last letter to a close friend called
Timothy. Read the following verses and circle any ideas that are
Chapter One "8Don't
to speak for our Lord. And don't be ashamed of me, just because I am in
goal for serving him. Use the power that comes from God and join with
in suffering for telling the good news.
9 God saved us and
us to be his holy people.
We did nothing
because he is so kind.
Jesus to show kindness to us.
10 Now Christ Jesus
come to show us the kindness of God.
and brought us
It shines like
and offers life that never ends.
11My work is to be a
an apostle, and a teacher. 12That's why I suffer. But I am not ashamed!
I know the one I have faith in, and I am sure that he can guard until
last day what he has trusted me with. 13Now follow the example of the
teaching I gave you, and let the faith and love of Christ Jesus be your
model. 14You have been trusted with a wonderful treasure. Guard it with
the help of the Holy Spirit, who lives within you."
Chapter Two "3As a
soldier of Christ Jesus you must endure your share of suffering.
on duty don't work at outside jobs. They try only to please their
officer. 5No one wins an athletic contest without obeying the rules.
farmers who work hard are the first to eat what grows in their field.
you keep in mind what I have told you, the Lord will help you
5. Do you ever
to talk about Jesus with friends; or let people know that you go to a
10. How can you
6. What was the most
message that Paul wanted Timothy to tell others?
7. If you were to
an occupation that represented your Christian life what would it be?
8. What are some
that Paul would write to you, about your relationship to God?
9. What would
like to learn more about, to help you grow as a Christian?