Friday, March 9, 2018

12. Paul Before Felix, Festus and Agrippa
Paul taught Jesus to everyone he could! The printable for this lesson is a Foldable Book that can be used for any preschool Life of Jesus review. I created it as a discussion starter/review and is an easy print, fold and use.
Paul was taken prisoner in Jerusalem and then taken to Caesarea during the night.
When they arrived at Caesarea, the soldiers turned Paul over to Felix the governor. Felix was not a nice man. After 5 days of waiting, Paul went before Felix to explain why he was a prisoner.
Paul said that he had gone to Jerusalem to worship God. He didn’t preach in the temple or synagogue or anyplace in the city. Paul said he did what God wanted and was quietly worshipping God. Felix knew Paul didn’t do anything worth punishing, but thought, maybe, he could use this to his advantage. So he didn’t release Paul. Felix turned Paul over to a centurion. Paul was still a prisoner, but Felix let Paul’s friends visit him.
Felix met with Paul and talked to him about God. He knew Paul was innocent, but Felix kept Paul in prison for two years. Then, finally, Felix was sent to Rome and Festus took over. Festus asked Paul if he would go to Jerusalem for a trial. But Paul told Festus “I haven’t done anything wrong. I appeal to Caesar.” Festus couldn’t deny Paul, because of his Roman citizenship.

So Festus agreed to send Paul to Rome to be tried in Caesar’s court. As Festus wondered what kind of report to send to Caesar, King Agrippa and Queen Bernice visited from Galilee. They stayed with Festus for many days and Festus told them about Paul.
When Festus told them about Paul, King Agrippa wanted to talk to Paul. The next day, Paul had another hearing. King Agrippa and Queen Bernice came in to see Paul. Paul talked about Jesus. He told them that Jesus is the Savior.
King Agrippa told Paul that he almost convinced him to be a Christian. Paul knew that ALMOST was not enough. King Agrippa didn’t want to give up his lifestyle. King Agrippa didn't want to live like Jesus wants us to live. He knew Paul was right, but just wasn’t willing to change his life.
The guards took Paul back to his prison, while King Agrippa, Queen Bernice and Festus talked about Paul. They knew Paul didn’t do anything wrong, but since he appealed to Caesar, they decided Paul had to go to Rome for a trial.

Lesson found in Acts 23-26.
This Foldable Book can be used for any discussion of Jesus, but I created this because Paul taught about Jesus to everyone. This is a basic discussion starter for preschool about the Life of Jesus. You can use visuals to elaborate if you decide to. This includes the color and black & white. Just print, fold and use. Click here to print.
They do love their crowns, so here is one for King Agrippa! This includes color and black & white. Click here to download.
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Click here to see the lesson and more for Festus and King Agrippa for early elementary ages.

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