“Paul of Tarsus” – A Play about the apostle Paul

This play does not replace the Bible as the authoritative account of Paul’s missions.  It is not meant to be completely accurate in that, parts of Paul’s record, have been transposed in order to have continuity in the play, and be able to complete it in a certain period of time with the audience still following.  Many of the words are attributed to Paul, although sometimes repeated in the play in a new context from their original citing in the Bible. 
Although Paul was probably beheaded in Rome, one cannot really show a beheading on stage.
 
 
Audience participates in the singing of hymns, and answering specific questions.  The audience is instructed before the play to read signs aloud when a young child brings them on stage, and points to them.  The play is anticipated to take 60 min. if performed smoothly, and 90 min. if done painfully slowly.
 
Act 1:  Paul as a boy growing up in Tarsus
characters:  2 12 year old boys who can read.
 young girl (6-7 years old) enters stage, holding up a sign that says "Tarsus, 10 years before Jesus was crucified."
 
young unknown gentile boy:  "Hi, what’s your name?"
young boy Paul (proudly):  "My name is Paul of Tarsus.  I’m Jewish.  I believe in one God,, and can recite the commandments.  I’m also a Roman citizen like my daddy."
young boy Paul (asking the audience):  "Audience, do you know how many commandments there are?"
when someone from the audience says 10, young boy Paul says:  "Right, there are 10, holding his 10 fingers up." 
young unknown gentile boy:  "I’m a gentile and we worship lots of different gods.  What are the 10 commandments?"
Paul holds up 4 fingers, and asks the audience: "How many fingers?"
when someone from the audience says 4, young boy Paul says: "Right, four."
young boy Paul (proudly):  "The first 4 are about loving the one God and putting Him first:
1) No other gods before the Lord God.
2) No idols of anything in heaven, or the waters.
3) Don’t take God’s name in vain.
4) Keep the sabbath holy.
young unknown gentile boy: "What is the sabbath?"
young boy Paul (proudly): "It’s a whole day once a week we devote to God when we pray."
young unknown gentile boy:  "OK, that is 4, but you said that there were 10 commandments?"
Paul asks the audience: "Audience, what is 10 minus 4?"
When someone from the audience says 6, young boy Paul says: "Right, six."  Holding up 6 fingers.
young boy Paul (proudly): "Well, the next 6 commandments are about how we treat each other:
5) Honor your father and mother.
6) Don’t kill.
7) Don’t commit adultery.
8) Don’t steal.
9) Don’t tell stories about your neighbors.
10) Don’t be jealous about what your neighbor has."
young unknown gentile boy:  "So these are the Jewish laws.  Why do Jewish people have so many other rules about what you can eat, wear, touch, etc.?"
young boy Paul (proudly): "According to the Talmud there are 613 mitzvot or "other commandments" in the Torah.  There are 248 positive ones and 365 negative ones and then 7 more from the old rabbis."
young unknown gentile boy: "That is one negative one for every day of the year!  Wow, you can remember them all?"
young boy Paul (proudly): "Not really, but I learn what I can do by following my mommy and daddy, and when I have a question I ask my teacher who is called Rabbi."
young unknown gentile boy: "What is the Torah?"
young boy Paul (proudly): "Torah is our sacred text.  It starts with Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and then?"
Paul pauses and turns to the audience: "Audience, what’s next?"
when someone in the audience says "Numbers"
Paul hits himself on the forehead.
Paul: "Right, Numbers.  I never was much good with them.  And then finally Deuteronomy."
young unknown gentile boy: "What are you going to be when you grow up?"
young boy Paul (proudly): "A tentmaker!!!  I’ll always have a job – so many people live in tents."
 
Act 2: 
Scene 1:  Paul, a grown man, persecuting the Christians
 young girl enters with a sign saying "Jerusalem  10 years later."
characters:  12 year old boy as unknown man, 10 8-12 year old children praying, 10 10-12 year old children as police, 10 year old boy as "spy", adult Paul.
 
Unknown man: "Paul, who is this Jesus that these people who call themselves Christians are talking about?"
Paul: "The Romans killed Him a couple of months ago here in Jerusalem.  The Christians are a lot of confused people who think he is the messiah – that is the One sent from God to save us."
Unknown man: "Why did they kill Him?"
Paul: "They think Jesus blasphemied, claiming to be the son of God when He wasn’t. 
Unknown man:  "What do the Jewish authorities say?"
Paul: "It is our responsibility to defend the Jewish faith from this.
young man runs to tell Paul: "Hurry, hurry, Paul,there are Christians that are praying.  They aren’t Jewish.  We have to arrest them."
Paul (loudly): "Call the police."
10 10-12 y.o. children march in with caps that say "Police" on them.
spy and unknown man exit.
Paul and army of 10 police (10-12 yo children) crosses to other side of stage where 10 children are sitting.
Sign outside says "No Christians allowed."
10 christian children sitting down praying in secret. 
Most fluent reader of children says to other children: "Jesus said that we are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do we light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house."
children light candles one candle from another.
children singing hymn "This little light of mine" in a semi-circle facing audience.
All 10 christian children together(facing audience): "Our Father, Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name.  Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, On Earth as it is in Heaven.  Give us this day Our daily bread, and Forgive us our trespassess, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  Lead us not into temptation But deliver us from Evil."
Paul (loudly):"You are under arrest for praying like Christians."
Paul (to the police): "Seize them, and throw them in prison."
children (futily): "but my family, my work, my school…we were ONLY praying!"
candles are blown out by the police, and children are led off-stage by the police with Paul following.
 
Scene 2:  The stoning of Stephen in front of Paul.
young girl enters carrying sign that says "Jerusalem, about 1 year after Jesus was crucified."
characters:  choir, Stephen, 3 10-12 year old boys, Paul
 choir enters in the back of stage.
Stephen enters, approaching 3 jews, with Paul.
Stephen:  "I am here to proclaim Jesus Christ as the new risen Lord."
3 jews:  "We, defenders of the jewish faith, will not tolerate this.  Seize him.  This is blasphemy."
Paul: "Lead him out of the city and stone him."
Stephen (falling to his knees and looking up): "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God"
3 jews cover their ears and rush upon him seizing him.
Stephen is led out of the city (to the other side of the stage) by the 3 men, and then they begin stoning him (paper balls are thrown at him).
Stephen: "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
Stephen (kneeling): "Lord, do not hold this sin against them."
Stephen dies.
Paul: "Finally, we have killed one of the most important defenders of the Christians."
 
Act 3: Paul’s conversion
 
Scene 1:  Paul approaches the Jews about a letter allowing him to go and round up all the Christians abroad.
 young girl enters with a sign saying "Jerusalem, 3 years after Jesus was crucified."
characters: Jewish magistrate (14 year old boy), Paul
 
Jewish magistrate: "Paul, What do you desire?"
Paul: "I wish to be in service to the Jewish people.  I desire a letter from the court giving me the authority to go and round up these so-called Christians abroad, and bring them back to Jerusalem, before this whole movement gets out of hand."
Jewish magistrate: "Let it so be, then."
Jewish magistrate (to Paul): "Thank you for your service to the Jews."
 
Scene 2: Paul on the road to Damascus
characters: 2 12 year old boys carrying backpacks, Paul, loudspeaker voice
 young girl enters with a sign saying "On the road to Damascus, 3 years after Jesus was crucified."
Paul and 2 men begin walking across the stage.
1st traveler: "Are we almost there, yet?"
 Paul: "We’ve been on the road for 3 hard days now.  It’s 150 miles from Jerusalem to Damascus. "
2nd traveler: "We’ve been walking 30 miles a day, can’t we take a break?"
They pause in mid-stage, and sit down to rest.
Paul (to audience): "Audience, how many more days until we get to Damascus at this pace?"
When someone in the audience says 2,
Paul continues: "Another 2 days and we will be in Damascus if we can keep it up."
Paul: "We’ve only got food and water for another day or so, we need to keep up the pace."
3rd traveler: "I’m imagining the big steak we’ll eat when we arrive."
Paul and the 3 men get up to start to walk again.  Light shines on Paul as he falls to the ground.
A loud voice bellows:"Paul, Paul, why do you persecute me?"
Paul: "Who are you, Lord?"
Loud voice: "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting; but rise and enter the city, and you will be told what to do."
Paul rises from ground.
Paul: "I can’t see.  Help me.  I am blind."
2nd traveller: "What happened to him?  I heard the loud voice, but I could not see who was speaking.  Now he can’t see.  He is our leader.  This is NOT good."
Men lead Paul off stage.
 
Scene 3: Ananias gets vision.
setting: table with 4 chairs on one side of stage, a cot on the other side, choir is in the back.
characters: three 12 year old boys, Ananias, and loudspeaker voice
 
choir enters in the background.
young girl enters with a sign saying "Ananias’s house – Damascus"
 
Ananias is sitting around a table with 3 men.
Man 1: "They say Paul of Tarsus is coming.  What are we to do?"
Man 2: "They say he killed Stephen."
Man 3: "And now he has a letter from the high priest in Jerusalem allowing him to seize all the Christians abroad, and bring them back to Jerusalem for trial."
Ananias: "Men, we better keep quiet the next few days.  Take care of your families."
Men leave, and Ananias goes to bed.
Loudspeaker:"Ananias"
Ananias wakes up and falls to his knees.
Ananias: "I am here, Lord."
Loudspeaker: "Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and ask in Judas’ home for one called Paul of Tarsus.  He will be praying there, and has seen in a vision a man named Ananias comming in and putting his hand on him that he might receive sight."
Ananias: "Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he has done to Your saints at Jerusalem.  And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on Your name."
Loudspeaker: "Go. For I have chosen Paul to carry My message, to bear My name before the gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.  I will show him how great things he must suffer for My Name’s sake."
 
 
Scene 4:  Paul’s sight is restored.
characters:  Paul, Ananias, Judas (10 year old boy), Voyagers (3 12 year old boys from above, 2 disciples (14 year old boys)
door, cot
choir remains in background from previous scene.
 
young girl enters with a sign that says "Judas’s house in Damascus"
 
Ananias knocks at Judas’ door.
Judas (opens door): "Who is there?"
Ananias: "It is Ananias.  I have come to see Paul with news from the Lord."
Judas: "Come in then, if you come in God’s name."
Ananias enters and approaches Paul and the 2 voyagers who are praying around Paul who is sitting in a chair.
Voyager 1: "Dear Lord, we don’t understand Your will, but know that our leader Paul is blind and has not eaten or drunk in 3 days.  He is weak.  We pray for healing."
Paul (weakly): "Lord, I have sinned in my persecution of the Christians.  I knew You not, and killed many Christians because of my disbelief.  Please Lord, let me die because of my sin."
Voyager 2: "Dear Lord, what must we do for atonement?  Is there some way that we can be forgiven?"
Ananias approaches and puts his hands on Paul.
 
Ananias: "Brother Paul, Jesus died and rose again, so that your sins may be forgiven.  The Lord, even Jesus, that appeared to you on the way as you came, has sent me, that you might receive sight and be filled with the Holy Ghost."
 
Paul (standing up joyfully): "I can see again.  Hallelujah, I can see."
 
Ananias: "Come and be baptized."
 
Ananias and the travellers lead Paul to the other side of the stage where there is a basin with water.
 
Disciple 1: "Brother Paul, I know that you are not ignorant about how our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and were baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea.  And did all eat the same spiritual meat and drink the same spiritual drink, for they drank of that Spiritual Rock that followed them, and, what I reveal to you now, is that Rock was Christ."
 
Disciple 2: "For Christ, also has suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but guided by the Spirit.  By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison, which sometimes were disobedient.  When once the patience of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, wherein few, that is 8, were saved by water.  Like this, baptism also saves us by the resurrection of Jesus Christ."
 
Ananias: "Verily, verily, I say unto thee.  Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.  Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  The wind bloweth where it listeth and thou hearest the sound thereof, but can’t tell where it comes from or where it goes.  So is everyone that is born of the Spirit."
"Brother Paul, do you renounce sin and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?"
 
Paul: "I do."
 
Ananias submerges Paul’s head in the basin of water.
 
Disciples rejoice, hugging one another and Paul.
 
Judas: "Let’s eat and celebrate the soul that has been saved, and the sight that has been restored."
 
Choir and cast (with audience) sing Hymn: "Amazing grace."
 
Scene 5: Paul immediately starts preaching. 
characters: Paul, 10 jews (boys and girls), 3 jews (14 year old boys)
1st young girl enters with a sign saying "Iconium. Shortly thereafter."
 
Paul preaching before 10 Jews, sitting on one side of the stage: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.  He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.  And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil."
 
hymn sung by the 10 jews: "I want to be a Christian."
 
young girl enters and stands with the 10 with a sign saying "Many Jews believed."
  
3 Jews in the other corner (together):"Blasphemy.  We must find a way to stop him."
 
 2nd young girl enters with a sign next to these 3, saying "Not all Jews agreed."
 
Act 4:   healing of cripple at Lystra, placing hands on 12 and speaking in tongues
 
Scene 1:
characters:  2 men carrying cripple (12 year old boys), crippled man (12 year old boy), 3 jewish men (14 year old boys), Paul
choir enters in the background.
young girl enters with sign that says "Lystra".
 
Man sitting on the side of the street.  2 men carry him onto the stage to beg.
Paul: "What is with thee?"
Man carrying crippled man: "Woe is he, sir, for he is paralyzed from birth from his mother’s womb.  He has never walked."
Crippled man: "The Lord could heal me if He wanted."
Paul (loudly): "Stand up and walk."
Crippled man gets up and leaps and walks.
Man 1:  "He can walk!"
Man 2: "The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men.  Let us make sacrifices unto them."
Paul (angrily): "This is not the work of your gods.  He is healed by the work of the Holy Spirit.  Come from the One God, who sent His Son Jesus to die for you.  Turn from these false gods and worship Him, the true God."
 
3 Jews (on the other side of stage): "We must find a way to stop him."
 
Scene 2: Exorcising the spirit from the fortuneteller.
characters: old woman (14 year old woman), woman (12 year old girl), master (16 year old boy), Paul, Silas
setting: old woman sitting on the ground with cards, 4 men who seize Paul (12 year old boys), magistrate (12 year old boy)
 
young girl enters with a sign that says Philippi:
Woman :  "Can you tell me old woman how many children I will have?"
Fortuneteller (laying out cards): "For 6 drachma, I will tell you your future."
Woman (sets down coins two at a time): "Two, four, six.  OK, then, what is my future?"
Fortuneteller (picking a card with the #4 on it, and holding it up to the audience):"Audience, what is the number?"
When someone in the audience says 4, fortuneteller continues:
Fortuneteller: "Yes.  I see 4 children in your future.  For another 6 drachma, I will tell you their fathers."
Woman (sets down coins two at a time):"Eight, ten, what’s next?"
When someone in the audience says 12, woman continues:
Woman: "OK, then, 6 plus 6 is 12."
Fortuneteller: "The first child will be by your first husband, and the next 3 will be by his brother when your husband dies."
Woman leaves and master enters.
Master: "How much money did you make this morning?"
Fortuneteller: "Master, you should be well pleased.  20 drachma altogether.  12 from the last customer."
Master: "Give them to me.  That is the salary of a bricklayer for 20 days, enough for us to buy a donkey.  Go back into the square this afternoon, and make me some more money.  This is good living!"
Master leaves, and Paul and Silas arrive.
Silas: "What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?
Fortuneteller: "These men are servants of the most high God.  They show us the way of salvation. "
Paul: "I command thee, spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her."
Fortuneteller: "I am whole again.  Alive in the present.  Praise the Lord – He has driven out an evil spirit."
Master returns with 4 men.
Master:  "So how much did you make?"
Fortuneteller: "Nothing.  I can no longer tell the future.  This spirit has left me – I now belong to the Lord."
Master to 4 men pointing to Paul and Silas: "Seize them and bring them before the Jewish magistrate."
Fortuneteller runs off.  Men with master seize Paul and Silas and bring him before magistrate (other side of stage).
Magistrate: "What have we here?"
Master: "These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city and teach customs which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans."
Magistrate: "Beat them, then."
4 men beat Paul and Silas with soft reeds.
Paul and Silas yell out:"Glory be to God and his son, the Risen Christ."
Magistrate: "Cast them into prison."
4 men lead Paul and Silas off stage.
 
Scene 3: Paul and Silas are shackled in prison.
characters: Paul, Silas, guard, 2 prisoners (2 12 year old boys), 2 men (2 12 year old boys), disciples (bring basin and celebrate)
young girl enters with a sign that says "Doing time in Philippi."
 
Silas and Paul are sitting behind bars with 2 prisoners next to them.  Guard outside sitting in chair at table – falling asleep.
 
Hymn "Savior"
Silas (praying): "Dear Lord, we beseech thee, to reveal Thyself to these prisoners and guards…"

 

Loudspeaker: "Loud thundering noise". 
Doors to the prison opened and everyone’s bonds are loosened.  Prison guard sleeping.
 
Prisoner 1: "I’m free, I can go!"
Prisoner 2: "Let’s get out of here!"
Paul: "No, wait, we must save their souls."
Prison guard (wakes up): "Oh no, everyone has escaped.  I will be held responsible.  The magistrate will have me killed."
prison guard draws cardboard sword to kill himself.
Paul rushes forward, and pulls the sword from his hand.
Paul: "Do thyself no harm, for we are all here."
guard falls on his knees before Paul and Silas, and then stands and leads them out.
guard: "What must I do to be saved?"
Silas: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved, and thy house."
Paul: "Do you know Jesus?"
guard: "No, who was this Jesus?"
Paul (to Silas): "Reveal Him."
Silas: "Jesus, was the Messiah prophesized by the Jewish testaments.  He was born of a virgin Mary in a manger, the son of God come down from heaven.  He healed the sick, fed the hungry, cast out demons, walked on water.  He was crucified and died on a cross for your sins, so that they might be forgiven.  He rose from the dead, and will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead."
guard (washing their wounds): "I never knew.  God, I repent, and ask your forgiveness.  Please baptize me."
Paul: "Do you renounce sin, and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal savior?"
guard: "I do".
People bring in basin of water.
Silas dunks the guard’s head in the basin, and says: "In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I baptize you with water.  Be born again in the Holy Spirit."
 
People celebrate.  Guard leaves and returns while people are still celebrating, passing out cookies and drinks (lemonade and ice tea) to the audience.
This is an intermission.
 
guard: "The magistrate has said you are free to go."
Paul: "No, let them come publicly and let us out, the same way they put us in prison."
 
2 men come and lead Paul and Silas away.
Man:"You are free to go.  Please leave our city."
 
Scene 4:  Paul escapes from the city in a basket.
young girl enters with a sign: "Back in Damascus"
Paul (turning to one group of people): "And no man taketh this honor unto himself but he that is called by God."
Jews (in background, together): "Blasphemy! We must find a way to stop him."
Paul (turning to another group of people): "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Jews (in background, together): "Blasphemy! We must find a way to stop him."
Woman 1: "Hurry we must help him escape before they kill him."
Woman 2: "Yes, but how?"
Woman 3 (an adult female pastor): "I know, I have a basket.  Let’s put him in it,  and lower him over the wall."
Woman 4: "OK, I’ll get a blanket to put over the basket."
Woman 5 (running up to Paul):  "Come here, quickly."
Woman 6:"Get in."
Paul follows woman as the Jews move to arrest him.  3 women stand in front of basket (30 gallon Walmart storage bin) between jews and basket, as Paul is led behind them and jumps in.  He is covered with the blanket, and quickly lifted up, as the Jews move by.
Guard:  "What have you there in the basket?"
Woman 3: "It is supplies for the lepers, those who are outcast from the city."
Guard: "Go on then."
 
Scene 5:
young girl enters with a Sign that says "Ephesus"
Paul talking to 3 men and women.
 
Paul: "Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?
Man 1: "Who is the Holy Ghost? We’ve never heard of such a thing."
Paul: "Unto what then were ye baptized?"
Woman 2: "Unto John’s baptism."
Paul: "John baptized with the baptism of repentence, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come afte him, that is, on Christ Jesus."
Man 3: "Baptize us then in the name of the Lord Jesus."
 
Each of 3 is led in turn by a basin by Timothy who says:
Timothy: "Do you renounce sin and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal savior?"
Each in turn: "I do."
 
Head is dunked in basin of water.
 
Paul (laying hands upon the 3): "Receive the Holy Spirit."
 
Men and women begin speaking in tongues.
 
Jews (in background, together): "Blasphemy! We must find a way to stop him."
 
Hymn: "Come, Holy Spirit, come (wa wa wa emimimo)"
 
Act 5 Paul preaching the gospel by writing letters from prison.
Scene 1: Man binds his feet and predicts Paul’s arrest in Jerusalem.
Paul, Agabus, Philip, 4 women (philip’s daughters),
 young girl enters with a sign that says "Caesarea"
 Paul, Philip, Agabus and 4 women sitting on the ground around a low table.
Paul loosens girdle after dinner, setting it on the table.
Paul (comments to the women): "Heavy, but good meal."
Agabus (picks up girdle and binds his feet)): "Thus says the Holy Ghost." ‘In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’
women begin to cry.
Philip (aghast): "Paul, don’t go to Jerusalem."
Paul: "What mean ye to weep and to break my heart?  For I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus."
Philip: "Don’t be a fool.  We have the ministry to think of.  You risk your life."
Paul: "Death is swallowed up in victory."
Philip: "The will of the Lord be done."
 
Scene 2: Arrest and trial in Jerusalem.
young girl hold up sign saying "The Jewish temple in Jerusalem 30 years after Jesus died."
Paul standing with 3 men in the center of the stage.
 
Paul:  "Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Ha-olam, she-he-cheyanu v’kimanu v’higianu laz’man ha-zeh."

One of 3 men: "Blessed are You, Lord God, Sovereign of the Universe, Who has granted us life, Who has sustained us, and Who has enabled us to reach this festive occasion."
 
4 jews arrive in the temple.
jew 1: "Seize them.  Men of Israel, help us! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against our people and our law and this place. And besides, he has brought Greeks into the temple area and defiled this holy place."
 
Paul and his group are seized, and people begin to shout:
Person 1:  "Kill him."
Person 2:  "Away with him."
Roman soldier arrives.
Soldier: "Wait.  This must proceed in an orderly fashion."
Paul: "Let me speak to the crowd."
Paul turns to crowd and is allowed to address them while the Roman guard holds him.
Paul:  "I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. Under Gamaliel I was thoroughly trained in the law of our fathers and was just as zealous for God as any of you are today. I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison, as also the high priest and all the Council can testify.  But, Christ Jesus appeared to me, blinding me, and then leading Ananias to me, who restored my sight.
At this time I was told, "The God of our fathers has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. You will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’
I was then baptized, and then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’"
Person 3: "Rid the earth of him! He’s not fit to live!"
Person 4: "Our God is a JEWISH God – His covenent is ONLY with the Jews!" 
Soldier: "Order!"
Roman soldier leads Paul away, as the Jews are about to attack him.
 
Scene 4: Paul before the Jewish magistrate
characters Paul, high priest (14 yo boy), man (10 yo boy),pharisee (5 10-12 yo boys), sanhedrin (5 10-12 yo boys), roman soldier
 
Paul: "My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day."
High priest (to those standing next to him): "Strike his mouth."
Paul is struck on the mouth by man.
Man:  "You dare to insult God’s high priest?"
young girl enters with sign saying "Pharisees – One denomination of the Jews" in front of one group.
Pharisee: "Wait.  Maybe a spirit or angel has spoken to him?"
another young girl enters with a sign saying "Sanhedrin – Another denomination of the Jews" in front of the other group.
Sanhedrin: "There is no such thing as spirits, neither resurrection, nor angels."
Two groups start to fight, and move to kill Paul in the fight.
Roman soldier: "Order.  Order."
crowd quiets.
Roman soldier seizes him and take him off stage.
 
Scene 5: Paul is in the custody of the Roman guard
young girl enters with a sign that says: "Caesarea"
Paul sleeping on cot.
Loudspeaker: "Take courage!"
Paul falls on his knees: "Yes, Lord?"
Loudspeaker:   "As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome."
3 jews stand in the corner of the stage.  Roman guard stands in front of cell.
Jew 1:  "Let’s take an oath."
Jew 2: "Yes, really, enough of this Paul and the Christians business."
Jew 3: "We won’t eat or drink until Paul is dead."
Roman guard:  "All hail the arrival of the governor of Silicia, his highness the governor Felix."
 Felix arrives before the jail cell.
Roman guard:  "We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him."
Jews: "This is true."
Felix: "What have you to say?"
Paul:"My accusers did not find me arguing with anyone at the temple, or stirring up a crowd in the synagogues or anywhere else in the city. And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me. However, I admit that I worship the God of our fathers as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets, and I have the same hope in God as these men, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. "

 "After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring my people gifts for the poor and to present offerings.  There was no crowd with me, nor was I involved in any disturbance — unless it was this one thing I shouted as I stood in their presence: ‘It is concerning the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you today.’ "

Felix: "We’ll wait and see.  Maybe people can be persuaded…"

Felix leaves the stage.

young girl enters with a sign that says "Several years later, Paul is still in jail.  Governor Felix dies and is replaced by Governor Festus"

Roman guard:  "All hail the arrival of the governor of Silicia, his highness the governor Festus."
Festus arrives before the jail cell.
 

Festus: "Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and stand trial before me there on these charges?"

Paul: "I am now standing before Caesar’s court, where I ought to be tried. I have not done any wrong to the Jews, as you yourself know very well. If, however, I am guilty of doing anything deserving death, I do not refuse to die. But if the charges brought against me by these Jews are not true, no one has the right to hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar!"

Festus: "You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go!"

young girl enters with a sign that says "Caesar is in Rome."  another girl points to Rome on a map and turns to the first girl saying: "Rome is really far away.  We need a boat."

Act 6 Paul is martryed in Rome.

young girl enters with a sign saying "Rome – 16 months later after a long boat trip, a shipwreck, and a poisonous snakebite."
Scene 1:  Paul is sitting writing letters behind bars on a cell that says "Rome".
 
child holds up sign showing "Letter to the Corinthians", another child points to Corinth on a map.
a young adult reads (Paul’s thoughts): "Examine yourselves, to see whether you are holding to your faith.  Test yourselves.  Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you? – unless indeed you fail to meet the test!  I hope you will find out that we have not failed.  But we pray God that you may not do wrong."
a child delivers a letter from Paul’s hand to someone in the audience.
 
child holds up sign showing "Letter to the Ephesians", another child points to Ephesus on a map.
a young adult reads (Paul’s thoughts): "Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. 
Therefore, putting away falsehood, let every one speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.  Be angry, but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.  Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his hands, so that he may be able to give to those in need.  Let no evil talk come out of your mouths…"
a child delivers a letter from Paul’s hand to someone in the audience.
 
child holds up sign showing "Letter to the Colossians", another child points to Colossus on a map.
a young adult reads (Paul’s thoughts): "But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth.  Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put one the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.  Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all. 
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forebearing one another, and if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive."
a child delivers a letter from Paul’s hand to someone in the audience.
 
child holds up sign showing "Letter to the Galatians", another child points to Galatia on a map.
a young adult reads (Paul’s thoughts): "For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one another.  For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
a child delivers a letter from Paul’s hand to someone in the audience.
 
child holds up sign showing "Letter to the Phillipians", another child points to Phillipi on a map.
a young adult reads (Paul’s thoughts): "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  Let all men know your forbearance.  The Lord is at hand.  Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
 a child delivers a letter from Paul’s hand to someone in the audience.
 
child holds up sign showing "Letter to the Thessalonians", another child points to Thessalonia on a map.
a young adult reads (Paul’s thoughts): "Since we belong to the day, we must be sober. We must put on faith and love as a breastplate and the hope of salvation as a helmet."
 a child delivers a letter from Paul’s hand to someone in the audience.
 
child holds up sign showing "Letter to the Romans", another child points to Rome on a map.
a young adult reads (Paul’s thoughts): "While we were yet helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man – though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die.  But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us."
 a child delivers a letter from Paul’s hand to someone in the audience.
 
choir (cast and audience) sing Hymn: "Go tell it on the Mountain."
 
Scene 2: Paul is killed. 
 Choir remains from act before.
Paul is led from cell before the Roman magistrate (on the other side of the stage) by 4 guards with cardboard spears.  Paul’s hands are behind his back tied with a rope.
Roman magistrate:  "You were born a Jew, and have been condemned and sentenced to die by your own law.  Because you are also a Roman citizen, your life was spared so that you might be brought before the Roman court and sentenced according to Roman law.  What have you to say?"
 
Paul: "I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought a good fight.  I have finished my course.  I have kept the faith."
 
Roman magistrate (to guards): "Let him die, then."
 
Paul falls to his knees.  Guard 1 approaches with his spear held over him.
 
Paul: "And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry."
 
Guard 2 approaches with his spear held over him.
 
Paul: "To speak evil of no man, to be no brawler, but gentle, showing meekness to all men."
 
Guard 3 approaches with his spear held over him.
 
Paul: "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
 
Guard 4 approaches with his spear held over him.
 
Paul: "Let brotherly love continue."
 
Guard 1: "Men, we have our orders."
 
4 swords fall on Paul, and he gasps:
 
Paul: "To the glory of our Lord, Jesus Christ."
 
Paul dies.
 
 
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