Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ananias and Sapphira Sunday School Lesson

Use this Ananias and Sapphira Sunday School lesson to teach about the impossibility of lying to God.

Needed: Bibles, coins, offering plate or basket

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students to give their answers to the questions before you clarify the teaching.)

What are some things that people spend their money on?

Do you think people should ever give some of their money to help other people?

How much money should people give to help others?

(Have students take turns reading Acts 4:32-36, or read it yourself.)

The Bible says that the followers of Jesus would sell their farm fields sometimes and give the money they got from their field to help other people. Why do you think the followers of Jesus shared their things and their money with poor people?

The followers of Jesus knew that God loves everyone and that we should help everyone that we can. We don’t just try to get more and more stuff for ourselves. We should use at least part of our money and what we have to help other people. Christians share.

(Have students take turns reading Acts 5:1-11, or read it yourself.)

One man, Ananias, and his wife, Sapphira, brought some money to the church. They told the followers of Jesus that they were bringing all the money that they had gotten from selling their land. But they weren’t. They were only bringing some of the money, not all of it. Why do you think Ananias and Sapphira said they were bringing all of the money when they really weren’t?

Ananias and Sapphira wanted to brag about how good and giving and generous they were. They wanted everyone to think that they were so good, even though they really weren’t.

Ananias and Sapphira didn’t have to bring all the money they got. They could have only brought some of it and that would have been fine. But they shouldn’t have lied and said they were bringing all of the money when they really weren’t.

What happened to Ananias and Sapphira? (They died.)

God knew that they were lying and He punished them. When we do wrong things, we should remember that if we lie about it to our parents or our teachers, God still knows what we did wrong. We can’t lie to God because He sees and knows everything.

Game: Give it Away - Divide students into two teams. Give one team a handful of pennies. Have them keep as much as they think they need, giving a rationale for each cent. Question their decision on what they need to keep their money for and what they don’t. You are trying to get them to see the difference between needs and wants. Tell them to give away the rest, putting it into an offering plate. Leader takes some of that money, explaining that it’s for the church to pay its bills, and then gives the rest to the other team. Now ask the second team to keep what they need from what they’ve been given by the first team. Again, they put their extra into the offering. Then the leader pulls out more money to give to the first team to reward them for their generosity. The more they gave away during their round, the more they receive as a reward from God. This is how offering works and how God rewards us for it. Play three rounds. At the beginning of each round, the money that the teams kept is “spent” on their necessities and recycles back into the leader’s supply. 

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