Our series for this month is entitled TEST. We will be talking about people who experienced tests in the New Testament.
We are now on the third week of our series and I will be teaching the Test of Truthfulness. My topic is related to the story of Ananias and Sapphira and how they failed the test. You can read the scriptures from Acts 5 : 1-11
There are three reasons why they failed:
1. THEY DECEIVED THE PEOPLE. Acts 5:2 He brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount. With his wife’s consent, he kept the rest. Instead of giving all the money they got from selling their property, Ananias and Sapphira decided to keep part of the money. They tried to deceive people by pretending they were giving the full amount. 2. THEY GAVE IN TO TEMPTATION. Acts 5:3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself. Ananias and Sapphira were tempted by Satan to keep part of the money for themselves. The problem was not when they were tempted. The problem is that they gave in to the temptation. Giving in to temptation means actually doing the sinful thing. Temptation is not a sin but when we give in to temptation, it becomes a sin. 3. THEY LIED TO GOD. Acts 5:4 The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!” It was Ananias’ and Sapphira’s choice whether or not to sell the property. What was sinful was when they chose to pretend that they were really giving the whole amount from the sale of their property. But we all know that they didn’t fool God because God saw everything they did. For arts and craft I’ve prepared a simple craft that mainly focus on our power verse. Proverbs 12:22 – The Lord detests lying lips but he delights those who tell the truth. I printed facial features which I got it free from picklebum.com and I loved how this funny faces will help the kids grasp our lesson easily.
And that is God give us the power to tell the truth…