Friday, May 30, 2014

Ananias and Sapphira - God Knows What's in Your Heart


Ananias and Sapphira
Acts 5:1-11

When teaching the story of Ananias and Sapphira, I depended on assistance from my teenage daughter.  We acted out a small application story.  I would ask her questions.  Her answers would not be in line with her actual feelings. For example, while I was pretending not to listen, she told the kids how mad she was with her friend because the friend.  I came over to her and asked how things were going.  She would say they were going well.  I told her that God knows what is really in her heart.  I told her there was anger in her heart. She would open up the Valentine heart and a picture of an angry face with the word "anger" was inside.  We then discussed how she could forgive her friend and change what is inside her heart.

While I was talking with the kids a little about forgiveness, my daughter changed the picture and words inside the heart.  We performed several scenarios like this one.  One of them was a lie, one was sad, one was love.

God always knows what is inside our hearts even if our words spoken to people do not match what is actually inside our hearts.  Ananias and Sapphira said one thing to the people but God knew exactly what was in their hearts.

I was given this Dove Candy Valentine container (with candy inside!) for Valentine's from a child.  I saved the container hoping to use it for something like this.  It worked very well. Any Valentine's candy box would work.

I put tape on the back of the pictures ahead of time so my daughter could change the pictures out quickly.

For a script of this lesson, click here.
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