Persuading the Silversmiths

Scripture: Acts 19:1-41

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God does not want us involved in sorcery or evil deeds.
  • Students will learn some Gentiles rejected Christ because they made money off of those who worshipped the false gods.
  • Students will learn sometimes Christians need to be wise like Paul and stay away from situations where people are too worked up and violent to listen to God’s message.
  • Students will learn how to use persuasive language.

Guiding Question: How can students use persuasive language in writing?

Materials: Large paper/poster paper, pencils, drawing utensils

Procedure: Review the story of Paul and the Silversmiths from the scriptures above. Emphasize that Paul’s teaching against idols was done in order to help lead others toward the one true God who they could fully devote themselves to. Tell the students that idols are distracting and can be anything that we put as a priority over God. Remind students that the silversmiths were upset because they were afraid that Paul’s teaching would destroy their business and they would have to find a new job. Even if God puts us in a place where we feel uncomfortable, He will always provide. 

Introduce the activity. Ask the students: What if the silversmiths had been able to advertise when Paul destroyed their idol business? Look at ads and discuss persuasive speech. Have the students develop an advertising campaign for the silversmiths that promotes other ways to use silver goods instead of in worship to idols. Students can work alone or in partners. Allow students time to share at the end.

Additional Questions: How can students use persuasive speech to teach others about the Gospel?

Supplemental Activity: Have students create an advertisement using persuasive speech for following Jesus and becoming a Christian.

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