CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES
RELIGION AND NATIONAL VALUES
THEME – PAUL THE APOSTLE
PREVIOUS LESSON – The Epistles of Paul II – The 14 Letters of St. Paul (Primary 6)
TOPIC: OPPOSITION DURING PAUL’S MISSIONARY ACTIVITIES
LEARNING AREA – Reading through Act 16
1. Paul met Opposition at Phillippi
2. Meaning of Spirit of Divination
3. Paul casts out a Spirit of Divination
4. Paul suffers for Jesus Christ sake
5. The Conversion and Baptism of the Jailer
6.nThe release of Paul and Silas
By the end of the lesson, the pupils should have attained the following objectives (cognitive, affective and psychomotor) and be able to:
1. explain the meaning of spirit of divination;
2. state why Paul was opposed in Phillippi?
Paul preached to Jews and Gentiles
The teacher will teach the lesson with the aid of Bible and other relevant materials.
METHOD OF TEACHING – Choose a suitable and appropriate methods for the lessons.
Note – Irrespective of choosing methods of teaching, always introduce an activities that will arouse pupil’s interest or lead them to the lessons.
Scheme of Work
9 – Years Basic Education Curriculum
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CONTENT OF THE LESSON
To oppose mean to act against someone or something.
This is to prevent a person from doing something as he/she feels. Paul met opposition in his missionary work at Phillippi.
SPIRIT OF DIVINATION
The spirit of divination is a satanic spirit, that’s a spirit from the dark kingdom.
The word divination means ‘to foresee’ or ‘to be inspired by a god’. To practice divination is to uncover hidden knowledge by supernatural means.
There is a big difference between divination and prophecy.
Prophecy is inspired by God to edifices and builds the church, rebukes sin and draws humanity closer or back to God while divination does not.
Majority of the people practicing divination use it for fame or to make money.
PAUL CASTS OUT A SPIRIT OF DIVINATION – ACT 16
One day, as Paul and Silas were going to the place of prayer, they met a young servant woman who had an evil spirit that enabled her to predict the future. She earned a lot of money for her owners by telling fortunes.
She followed them, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God! They announce to you how you can be saved!”
She did this for many days, until Paul became so upset that he turned around and said to the spirit,
“In the name of Jesus Christ I order you to come out of her!” The spirit went out of her that very moment.
PAUL SUFFERS FOR JESUS CHRIST SAKE – ACT 16
Bible reading – Acts 16
19. When her owners realized that their chance of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them to the authorities in the public square.
20. They brought them before the Roman officials and said, “These men are Jews, and they are causing trouble in our city.
21. They are teaching customs that are against our law; we are Roman citizens, and we cannot accept these customs or practice them.”
22. And the crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas.
Then the officials tore the clothes off Paul and Silas and ordered them to be whipped.
23. After a severe beating, they were thrown into jail, and the jailer was ordered to lock them up tight.
24. Upon receiving this order, the jailer threw them into the inner cell and fastened their feet between heavy blocks of wood.
THE CONVERSATION AND BAPTISM OF THE JAILER – ACT 16
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
26 Suddenly there was a violent earthquake, which shook the prison to its foundations. At once all the doors opened, and the chains fell off all the prisoners.
27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he thought that the prisoners had escaped; so he pulled out his sword and was about to kill himself.
28 But Paul shouted at the top of his voice, “Don’t harm yourself We are all here!”
29 The jailer called for a light, rushed in, and fell trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas.
30 Then he led them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 They answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your family.”
32 Then they preached the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in the house.
33 At that very hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; and he and all his family were baptized at once.
34 Then he took Paul and Silas up into his house and gave them some food to eat. He and his family were filled with joy, because they now believed in God.
THE RELEASE OF PAUL AND SILAS – ACT 16
35 The next morning the Roman authorities sent police officers with the order, “Let those men go.”
36 So the jailer told Paul, “The officials have sent an order for you and Silas to be released. You may leave, then, and go in peace.”
37 But Paul said to the police officers, “We were not found guilty of any crime, yet they whipped us in public—and we are Roman citizens! Then they threw us in prison. And now they want to send us away secretly? Not at all! The Roman officials themselves must come here and let us out.”
38 The police officers reported these words to the Roman officials; and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were afraid.
39 So they went and apologized to them; then they led them out of the prison and asked them to leave the city.
40 Paul and Silas left the prison and went to Lydia’s house. There they met the believers, spoke words of encouragement to them, and left.
To deliver the lesson, the teacher adopts the following steps:
1. To introduce the lesson, the teacher revises the previous lesson. Based on this, he/she asks the pupils some questions;
2. Explains the meaning of divination;
Pupil’s Activities – Listen and explain the meaning of divination.
3. Guides the pupils in discussing why Paul and Silas were jailed;
Pupil’s Activities – State the reasons why Paul and Silas were arrested, beaten and jailed. State the reasons why the jailer wanted to kill himself.
4. Guides pupils in discussing the miracle that happened in the prison and why?
Pupil’s Activities – Narrate how the miracle happens in the person.
- To conclude the lesson for the week, the teacher revises the entire lesson and links it to the following week’s lesson.
Pupils to attempt all the questions.
WORK BOOK (WEEKLY ASSESSMENT)
1. To oppose mean to act _________________ someone or something.
B. not against
C. in support
2. _________________ means to prevent a person from doing something as he/she feels.
3. _________________ met opposition in his missionary work at Phillippi.
4. The _________________ is a satanic spirit, that’s a spirit from the dark kingdom.
A. Spirit of weakness
B. Spirit of divination
C. Spirit of lying
5. The word divination means ‘_________________’.
6. People that practice divination use it for _________________.
A. Fame and loss
B. Fame and gain
C. Fame and money
7. There is a big difference between divination and prophecy.
C. Not sure
8. _________________ is inspired by God to edifices and builds the church, rebukes sin and draws humanity closer or back to God while divination does not.
9. Paul suffered for _________________.
10. What happened to Paul and Silas before they were thrown into prison? (Acts 16:22-23)
A. They were given new clothes to wear in prison.
B. They were stripped, beaten and severely flogged.
C. They were given a severe lecture by the magistrates.
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11. Explain the meaning of spirit of divination.
12. State why Paul was opposed in Phillippi?
13. Narrates the miracle in prison.
14. Describe the conversation of the jailer and his family.