See below for resources to use for your family worship time, including a song, coloring page, learning activities, teaching materials and ideas for ongoing family fun. Be blessed!
As we move forward with worship together in person, we will continue to have options available for those who choose to continue to worship from home. We want to be able to connect, but as always safety is our first priority.
Acts Chapter 5:
Begin this lesson by reading Acts 5. We will be focusing in church on verses 1-11. Here you will see the story of Ananias and Sapphira. At the beginning of the Christian church, people began to combine their things in order to take care of each other. Ananias and Sapphira felt pressured to do this as well. However, when they sold their property they decided to keep some of the money for themselves rather than give it all to the church. Which they had ever right to do. However, they were not honest with the leaders of the church and there were severe consequences. Have you ever struggled to be honest? What were the consequences?
Find a time this week to sit and ask these questions with your children. Really listen to what their responses are. If it seems appropriate, continue to go deeper. If not, encourage them to continue to think and ask questions of you as they come up.
1) Group Pressure
Have you ever tried to do “just enough” to meet a requirement? What about trying to get around a rule? Have you ever felt like you had to do something because everyone else was doing it (something good or bad)? Ananias and Sapphira may have felt this way. That is something that we can talk to God about. If we don't believe this is what He is asking of us, we shouldn't do it (no matter who is doing it).
Have you ever lied to someone? Have you ever been lied to? It feels bad to lie and to be lied to. There are often consequences to our lies. Even if no one else ever finds out that we have lied, God knows. He uses the Holy Spirit that we talked about from Acts 2 to convict us and we often feel terrible because of not being truthful.
3) Consequences and Grace
What were the consequences for Ananias and Sapphira's lies? Why aren't the consequences the same when we lie? Have you asked Jesus into your heart? Who knows the deepest part of your heart?
If you have asked Jesus into your heart, then you have probably experienced His Grace in your life. When we sin, we do not simply fall over dead but rather the conviction of the Holy Spirit and Jesus (through the words of the Bible) allow us to correct ourselves. Others often are called to correct us as well. Do your parents, pastors, teachers and friends allow you to do anything you want without consequences? Probably not! This is because they care about you and have grace for your mistakes, just like Jesus.
It Takes a Village
Faith formation in children is a massive undertaking. While parents are the primary disciple-makers of their kiddos, we're here to let you know you're not alone.