SAUL, THE BELIEVERS’ WORST ENEMY, MET JESUS ON HIS WAY TO DAMASCUS

SAUL, THE BELIEVERS’ WORST ENEMY, MET JESUS ON HIS WAY TO DAMASCUS

Acts 9:1-31

POY! SKIT GUIDELINES:

  • In a small group, participants might simply read their lines, or glance at their lines to get the idea so they can speak in their own words.
  • Most POY! skits require no practice in advance.
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  • It is not required to have an audience watch the skit. All present may participate.
  • Scripture and paraphrases, if any, usually appear in bold.

PARTICIPANTS:

Saul (also serves as Narrator)

Voice (of Jesus) Stand to one side, read slowly and loudly.

Ananias

Prompter (Optional). Prompter shouts a brief line and Companions repeat it.

Companions (Optional): children and all adults who want to take part. Make sure Companions know who the Prompter is, and that they are to repeat Prompter’s words.

SCRIPT:

Saul

I am Saul, later called Paul. Let me tell you how God changed me from being a cruel and bloodthirsty persecutor, to become an apostle of our Lord Jesus Christ. I was breathing threats and murder against disciples of the Lord, and requested letters from the high priest to the synagogues in Damascus, so that when I found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, I could bring them bound to Jerusalem. While traveling to Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed aroundmy fellow travelers and me.

Prompter & Companions

Blinding light! Blinding light!

Saul

(Walk, cry out and fall.) I fell to the ground and heard a voice.

Voice

Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?

Saul

(Groan, hold an arm over your eyes to shield them.) Who…? Who are You, Lord?

Voice

I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and someone will tell you what you must do.

Saul

(Rise, staggering.)

The men traveling with me stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. That voice! It was awesome! Awesome!

Prompter & Companions

Awesome! Awesome!

Saul

I rose, but could see nothing. So they led me by the hand, and brought me into Damascus.

I went three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

Then someone else heard that Voice.

Voice

Ananias! Ananias!

Ananias

(Act surprised) Here I am, Lord.

Voice

Go to the street called Straight to the house of Judas, and ask for Saul, from Tarsus.He is praying, and has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and laid his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight.

Ananias

Who? Saul of Tarsus! Whoa! Oh, Lord, I’ve heard about this man!

He’s done much harm to Your saints at Jerusalem!

He’s come with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on Your name.

Voice

Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine.

He will bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel.

I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.

Saul

Ananias came, entered the house, and laid his hands on me.

Ananias

Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road when you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Saul

Immediately there fell from my eyes something like scales, and I regained his sight.

I got up and was baptized. After that, I ate and was strengthened.

Ananias

For several days, Saul stayed with us disciples in Damascus, proclaiming in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. All those hearing him were amazed.

They asked, “Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name, and came here to bring them bound before the chief priests?”

Saul

Then some Jews plotted to do away with me. However, I heard about their plot.

They were watching the gates day and night to put me to death; but the disciples took me by night and lowered me from the city’s high wall in a large basket.

Ananias

Thus, the church in all Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace and grew strong.

It moved forward and grew in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

Thank You, God, for Your marvelous mercy!

Prompter & Companions

Marvelous mercy! Marvelous mercy!

DISCUSS:

To whom did Jesus tell Paul he would go, to bear the name of Christ before them?

(Good answer:To the nations, meaningGentiles or non-Jews)

What can your church do to send more workers to neglected peoples, near and far?

 

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