Summary of Lesson Activities:
The teacher is the host of a radio show called “This is Your Life”. (There used to be a TV show where people were invited onto the show, and the story of their life would be narrated to them based on interviews with people from their past). As a class, you will produce a radio episode “This is Your Life, Saul”.
Radio Show Background:
Making radio shows has become a top request in our computer workshop. We use the free audio recording program called audacity. This program and website provides plenty of instructions on how to use the software - its really quite simple and easy to use! Kids record their own voices as radio hosts/guests/commercial spots/theme songs/etc. The teacher helps guide the process and if time allows we add sound effects. After class the teacher completes any remaining edits to the sound file and then emails the final project to the families of the students involved. Kids love making them and we get rave reviews of families listening to them together. It is quite possible that our computer workshop will become largely devoted to this style of teaching!
As students create a radio show they will look at the story from the perspective of lots of different characters to highlight just how dramatic (miraculous!) Saul’s change of heart was.
Listed in order of importance to the activity – assign as many as you have students in your class:
- A traveling companion
- A Christian who heard Saul preach at the synagogue in Damascus after his conversion
- Modern-day person who has read of Paul
- The high priest
- Judas (the man who owned the house Saul stayed at)
- A Christian besides Stephen who had been persecuted by Saul
Assign parts to the students. Explain that you will a read part of Saul’s story from the Bible, and then record an interview with the characters from that part. Then you will move on to another part, until everyone has been interviewed. You will introduce the characters on air (allow for applause) before each interview and thank them for their contribution before introducing the next character. You will occasionally get Saul’s input as you interview other characters.
If there is time, have the kids chose a snappy theme song to introduce the show or create a commercial to run during the show.
You are the host of the show. Keep an eye on the time and be sure to get to every character and finish the story.
Basic Radio Script Outline
Say: Welcome to “This is Your Life”. Our special guest today is Saul of Tarsus, also known as Paul the apostle. (Have the kids loudly applaud). He started out by being a terrible persecutor of the early church, but after a miraculous transformation he became one of the church’s greatest preachers and writers. How did this happen? Let’s talk to some of the people in Paul’s life to answer this question.
Ask the class what they know about Stephen – fill in the gaps. Stephen loved Jesus and believed that He was the Savior. There were many who didn’t believe this, and they got so mad that they stirred up others to tell lies about Stephen so that they could kill him. The high priest and the other Jewish leaders put him on trial, and when Stephen preached about Jesus, they were very angry.
Read Acts 7:54-8:3 (Or listen to it on the Illustrated Bible video included on your laptop). Tell “Stephen” and “Saul” to pay special attention.
Call up “Stephen” and “Saul” and start recording your first interview. You may wish to show students the questions you will ask them and briefly discuss answers with them if they are unsure. Make sure the whole class is quiet and listening when you start recording.
Say: Stephen is an early believer in Christ who was stoned to death for his faith.
- Why did you keep telling people about Jesus even though you knew that some people might harm you for that?
- Saul was there when you were stoned – what did you think of him?
- What do you think Jesus thought of Saul?
Say: Saul, you were at Stephen’s murder and did nothing to stop it. Why did you feel so strongly that Stephen should be stoned? Now that you are a Christian, how do you feel about your actions?
Read Acts 9:1-2. Tell “the arrested Christian” and “Caiaphas” to pay special attention.
Call up “the arrested Christian” (ask them for a pretend name) and “Caiaphas”.
Say: (make up a name) was an early Christian whom Saul arrested and put into jail.
- What did you think about what Saul was doing to you and your family and friends?
- What do you think about Saul later becoming a leader in the early church?
Say: Caiaphas was the high priest who wrote letters for Saul, allowing him to arrest Christians.
- Were you happy with the work he did persecuting the Christians?
- What did you think when you heard that Saul actually became a Christian?
Read Acts 9:3-9. Tell “Saul’s traveling companion” and “Jesus” to pay special attention.
Ask the class:
- What happened to Saul along the road?
- Could they hear Jesus talking to Saul? (no – just a sound).
Call up “Saul’s traveling companion” (ask them for a made-up name) and “Jesus”.
Say: (make up a name) was with Saul as he traveled to Damascus.
- What happened as you traveled with Saul?
- Saul was now blind—what did you think was going on?
Say: Now, we are going to interview a very special person in Saul’s story – Jesus! (extra loud applause)
- What did you say to Saul alongside the road to Damascus?
- Saul was doing some pretty nasty things to the people who believed in you. Why in the world did you use him to become a great preacher and writer?
Read Acts 9:10-19a. Tell “Judas”, “Ananias”, and “Saul” to pay special attention.
- We don’t have these details, but Judas was probably a Jew who didn’t believe in Jesus.
- Ananias said that he came so that Saul would be able to see again and also be filled with the Holy Spirit. Did Saul have the Holy Spirit before, when he was persecuting Christians?
Call up “Judas”, “Ananias”, and “Saul”.
Say: This is Judas of Damascus. He let Saul stay at his home while he was still blind.
- What did you think about Saul’s miraculous turn-around?
Say: Please welcome Ananias, who had a very important job from God. He had to go to Saul and give him a message.
- Ananias, what did you think about this mission from God?
- Why did you go speak to Saul even though you didn’t want to—after all, you could have ended up in prison or even dead!?
Say: Saul, why did you get baptised after your eyes were healed? What would you like to say to Ananias—especially about the role he played in your miraculous transformation?
Read Acts 9:19b-22. Tell “the synagogue listener” and “the modern day Christian” to pay special attention.
Call up “the synagogue listener” (ask them for a made-up name) and the “modern day Christian” (use their real name).
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