Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ananias & Sapphira

Bible Verse: 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.” Acts 5:4 (NKJV)

Bible Scripture: Acts 5:1-11
                       
Passport: Jerusalem
Click on the visual to download and print the original.

**Also, we 'acted' out this lesson. You will see where we moved to different areas in the classroom during the lesson.**

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.
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3uNEVAAKowpRTBsdlhEbnQyMkk/edit?usp=sharing
Introduction: We are going to be studying the book of Acts. That is in the New Testament, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and then Acts. Luke was a doctor and he is the one who wrote this book. Luke wrote it 40 days after Jesus rose from the dead. We will look at some of the early Christians and what they had to suffer for Jesus. These will lead to our lessons about Paul. Acts has 30 years of information for us to study.
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B3uNEVAAKowpNmNqTTdLQi0wc1U
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.
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B3uNEVAAKowpQlR2Tm1vQUp2MVU
4:34-37: 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.
I printed the deed on "granite paper"

(Everyone stand at the money station. There is a document that states they sold land, and get a bag of money for the sale.) (The kids take these home)
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B3uNEVAAKowpTWFOOU1hQmJkb1U
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.
 (Do land deed transfers and hand out money)
We dated, stamped, scribbled a signature, and rolled up the deed with a ribbon.
(Now, we move to another part of the room, to the 'Temple' area.)
Ananias took the other part and took it to the disciples and laid it at their feet. “Look!” Ananias told them, “I sold some of my land and here is all the money I made!”
http://distantshoresmedia.org/images/rg/44/44_Ac_05_03_RG.jpg
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?
http://distantshoresmedia.org/images/rg/44/44_Ac_05_04_RG.jpg
Well, right after Ananias heard this from Peter, he fell down dead! Aren’t you glad that God doesn’t strike us down instantly now?
(The headstones for A & S were purchased at Dollar Tree a couple of years ago. They are Styrofoam, so I used a craft knife, and scraped off the stuff I didn't want, then used paint to blend in the colors and add their initial so it wasn't obvious that I had cut on it.

(We all moved to the 'Graveyard" station.)

Some men came and carried the body of Ananias out of the temple. They were amazed, and a little scared by what had happened.

(Back to 'Temple' station.)
http://distantshoresmedia.org/images/rg/44/44_Ac_05_05_RG.jpg
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?"
http://distantshoresmedia.org/images/rg/44/44_Ac_05_07_RG.jpg
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!

(We moved to the 'Graveyard' station.)
http://distantshoresmedia.org/images/rg/44/44_Ac_05_08_RG.jpg
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!

(verse 11: So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.)

And many Christians learned that day that God sees and hears everything that we do.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3uNEVAAKowpTW9CUklhSE5OMXM/edit?usp=sharing
 Click on the picture above to download today's worksheet.

You can find all the Acts worksheets here.

The free visuals can be found here.  (Original Producer)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission.
  

4 comments:

  1. Your visual aids and suggestions are extremely helpful. I will be working with 3 to 5 year olds and it is just enough to get God's message to them and I like the fun part of having the work sheet for fun learning and review.

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I am glad you can use some of the printables! I appreciate the comment.

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  2. Hello, I am going to teach this to students aged from 4 to 12. Can I use your priintables? Thanks in advance. Jenny from Indonesia.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I appreciate it! They will be added as soon as they are approved.