This is a great lesson for kids! The obvious main point is do
not lie! I printed the money bag project that works with the IFA: Investigating
Facts in Acts theme and used them for review and discussion about telling lies.
Our Bible scripture for today's lesson is Acts 5:1-11. We are going to be
studying the book of Acts which is in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke,
John and then Acts. Luke was a doctor and he is the one who wrote Acts.
Luke wrote it 40 days after Jesus rose from the dead. We will look at some of
the early Christians, but most of our lessons from the book of Acts will be about Paul.
The Christians have been teaching
as many people as they can, and there were a lot of baptisms. They were
performing miracles and healing people. The people
that had land or houses, sold them and brought the money from the sale to the
Apostles and they gave to the poor and needy. (4:34-37)
Today we are learning about a
married couple named Ananias and Sapphira. Ananias and Sapphira had some land
they could sell. (vs. 3) They saw that the Christians were
giving money to Peter and Peter was a follower of Jesus. Ananias and Sapphira
thought they could impress Peter by giving money too.
They sold some land and they both
decided to keep SOME of the money for themselves and give the rest to
Peter to help the poor.
Ananias took the other part and
took it to the disciples and laid it at their feet. “Look!” said Ananias, “I sold some of my land
and hereis all the money I made!”
Peter said to Ananias: Why have
you kept part of the money from the sale? It was your money, under your own
control, so why have you come up with this lie in your heart? You haven’t lied
to men, but to God! And do you think God wants us to lie?
Well, right after Ananias heard
this from Peter, he fell down dead! Some men came and carried the
body of Ananias out of the temple. They were amazed, and a little scared by
what had happened.
hours later (vs. 7),
Sapphira, came in to Peter. She hasn’t heard what happened to her husband yet.
Peter asked her, "Is the amount that Ananias donated what they sold the
She answered: “Yes, that’s how
much we sold the land for.” Peter asked her why they agreed together to test
God? Peter told her to look at the feet of the men that buried her husband
because they will carry you out too!
IMMEDIATELY, Sapphira died and
the men came to carry her out and they buried her by her husband. People heard about Ananias &
Sapphira from far, far away! They heard about how they had lied to Peter, and
most importantly they lied to God. And, they both died instantly because of
their lies! People were afraid when they heard these things. (vs. 11) And many Christians learned that
day that God sees and hears everything that we do.
The land deed that we signed and tied with a ribbon is written with the Old English Text font. To save ink, I print the plain deed onto granite paper. Click the picture to print.
I typically like the project for the lesson to be a
review or a main point to talk about and apply to the students. They have
something to take home and maybe the parents will question them and help them remember
the lesson better. This printable can be printed in color or black & white.
I printed the black & white onto construction paper. It has more texture
than cardstock or paper. I cut the paper to 8.5x11 to print. I put the bags in
order, then I tied a ribbon around them to hold them together. Cute bow and
all! Click here to download both. (BTW, the kids really loved these!)
Extra project: Give each child a 3x5 white index card. We are transparent to God. Have them draw a heart and write their names on the card with white crayon. Discuss how we can’t see what is on the card. But God can. Take a marker and color over the cards. Explain that God can see what we cannot. We can’t see each other’s hearts, but God can. I had the students make a heart with sin, lies, and/or love on each. Original idea found here.
Acts 5:4 While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” (NKJV) Click on the above picture to print today's Bible verse.