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January 03, 2021

    Ananias and Sapphira

    The Holy Spirit gave Jesus' disciples power to tell others that Jesus is alive! More and more people trusted in Jesus. The believers met together in Jerusalem, and they shared everything they had. No one said, “This is mine!” Everything they had belonged to all of them. No one was needy because the other believers would sell what they had to make sure everyone had enough.

    One man, Barnabas, sold a field and gave the money to Jesus’ disciples. They used the money to help other people. Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, sold some land and pretended to give all of the money to the disciples. But they actually kept some of the money for themselves.

    When Ananias gave the money to the disciples, Peter asked him, “Why are you lying about what you gave? You are lying to God.” When Ananias heard this, he fell down, died, and was buried. The people who heard what happened were afraid.

    A few hours later, Sapphira came to the disciples. She did not know what had happened to her husband. Peter asked her, “Is this all the money you got for the land?” Sapphira said, “Yes, that’s all of it.”

    Peter told Sapphira he knew she was lying to God. Then Sapphira fell dead too, and everyone in the church was afraid because of what happened to Ananias and Sapphira.

    Christ Connection: Ananias and Sapphira pretended to be generous, but they wanted to keep money for themselves. The Holy Spirit changes us so we want to share with others. Jesus gave up everything He had to share His riches with us and give us life with God forever.

    BIBLE PASSAGE: Acts 4-5
    STORY POINT: Ananias and Sapphira pretended to be generous.
    KEY PASSAGE: Romans 12:5
    CHRIST CONNECTION: What is the church? The church is all Christians everywhere!

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