Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ananias and Sapphira

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 here is 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.
About 3 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 land for?"

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!)

Click on the picture to see the worksheet.
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.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission.
You can print the visuals or the Power Point.
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  1. I love these lessons! It has made my life so much easier teaching 5-7 y/o. They are eager to take the "quizzes" at the end of each lesson. When we don't have time to do them in class, they get very sad!!!

    On that note, I tried to click on the "quiz" for this lesson and it says page cannot be found?
    Just trying to get my lessons together for the month!

    Thanks so much for your dedication to this site!!!!


    1. Thank you Amber! Thanks so much for letting me know it wasn't working! I'm glad you can use them... my students love them too! I appreciate you stopping by!

  2. Is it okay to print the Stephen flap book only for my Bible class students (about 15 total)?

    1. Hello, sure, everything on this site is for you to print for your Bible class! Thanks for visiting!

    2. Thank you so much!! The kids will love this.

  3. I love this lesson and it's such a great and important one to teach children. It is so easy to lie and we all do it more than we care to admit even by just not telling the whole truth. One thing I love about kid's Bible lessons is they are simple for me to understand!! Thank you for sharing at #DanceWithJesus :)

  4. Wow! This a great lesson! I think my kids would really enjoy it as well.

  5. Wow, I haven't heard this story before so I learned something also. Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week :)

  6. You are my FAV Bible Story blogger!!! Many thanks for linking up at Tell it to Me Tuesdays!

  7. Hello, just wanted to let you know that when I click on the yellow picture with the notebook paper at the bottom of the post that says 'click to print today's lesson', it doesn't open up the lesson notes.

    Thank you so much for all of your teaching material and ideas. You've been a lifesaver to me in my bible class!

  8. Thanks for letting me know! It is working know. I appreciate your comments!


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