"As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?' "
– Acts 9:3-4 (NIV)
The Saul of Tarsus Christian video is a 30-minute, dramatic story about repentance!
Saul is changed forever when the resurrected Lord miraculously appears to him on the Road to Damascus. He becomes reborn as Paul and begins to evangelize for the sake of the Gospel, serving as one of the most influential missionaries in the New Testament.
Paul's conversion on the Road to Damascus is a strong example of the power of Jesus Christ to change lives. This example reminds us that no matter what a person used to be or how great a person’s misdeeds—he can be saved through belief in Christ alone!
Did You Know? Saul was a zealot of Jewish law and persecuted early Christians before his encounter on the Road to Demascus Ananias, a faithful Christian, laid hands on Saul to return his sight Saul converted to Christianity and changed his name to Paul after being healedMain Characters:
Saul, Stephen, Caiaphas, Rabbi Gamaliel and AnaniasScriptural References:
Acts 6:12-14, Acts7:1, 7:52-60, Acts 8:1-4, Acts 9:1-29, Acts 13:9, Acts 21:30-33 and Acts 28:16Overall Theme:
Saul of Tarsus, a student of Jewish law, zealously persecutes early Christians. On a trip to Damascus, where he intended to carry out more persecutions, Saul experiences a blinding vision of Jesus. Because of this, Saul converts to Christianity. Changing his name to Paul, he becomes a tireless evangelist, preaching in the name of Jesus to Jews and Gentiles alike from the Near East to Rome.Summary:
Saul is a student of Jewish law who is implacably opposed to the “heresy” of the Christians. He stands by as the Jewish religious court, the
Sanherdrin, sentences Stephen to death by stoning for his Christian beliefs, even holding the coat of one who stones Stephen.
Saul unleashes a reign of terror against the Christians of Jerusalem. Some manage to flee to distance cities like Damascus, but Saul is determined to pursue them and bring them back to Jerusalem for punishment. Nothing could convince Saul to stop, not even the moderating influence of his teacher, Rabbi Gamaliel.
As Saul gallops toward Damascus on his mission of persecution, he encounters a vision of Jesus which changes his life forever. A great light streaks down from heaven and knocks him on the ground. Jesus appears to Saul out of the light. Jesus tells a terrified Saul to go into Damascus where he will learn his fate. His soldiers have to carry Saul there, as he has been struck blind by the vision.
The Lord then appears in a dream to Ananias, a faithful Christian, telling him to lay his hands on Saul and give him back his sight so that Saul can carry out his chosen mission - to teach His gospel to the gentiles, to kings and to the children of Israel.
Saul promises to preach the word of Jesus in every synagogue and soon after changes his name to Paul. Paul begins his journeys to the cities of the Mediterranean world, preaching the word of Jesus.Background:
Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus is a strong example of the power of Jesus and his message to change lives. It reminds us that regardless of a person’s past actions, beliefs or sins, he or she can be saved through belief in Jesus.
Resource & Activity Books
Each interactive DVD includes a 64-page Resource & Activity Book full of skill-developing activities, word games, puzzles, coloring pages, and more! Provides hours of fun and learning for the entire family! The special "Certificate of Achievement" located in the back of the book serves as an excellent award your child can display after completing the activities.
DVD Chapter Index:
- Stephen Testified Before Caiaphus
- Saul's Teacher, Gamaliel
- The Stoning of Stephen
- Plot to Destroy Christians
- On the Road to Demascus
- Vision of Ananias
- Paul Preaches
- Plot to Kill Paul
- Help Me Fight a Good Fight
- Keep the Faith
- Closing Credits
Principles and Values Taught in This Video
Baptism, Courage, Sacrifice, and Testimony