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Sunday, July 2, 2023 by Andrew Ruiz – Acts 5:1-11

About the Series

When Jesus resurrected he instructed his followers two things: You have a mission and you have the power to complete it. 2000 years later that mission is still alive and his Holy Spirit enables us to be the hands and feet of Jesus

Lesson Plan

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Main Idea

Discover the power of character and the importance of choosing who you want to be. Join us as we delve into the story of Ananias and Sapphira, exploring the hidden appetites that can shape our destinies.

Acts 4:34-38

34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35 and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 36 Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus,37 sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

Acts 5:1-11

But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.

After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you[a]sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.” But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.

Discussion Questions

    1. Reflecting on the message of character and choosing who we want to be, how have your own choices and actions shaped your life and relationships? Share a specific example and discuss the impact it had.
    2. Ananias and Sapphira’s story highlights the hidden appetites that can influence our decisions. What are some common hidden appetites or desires that you’ve observed in yourself or others? How do they impact our lives and relationships?
    3. In the story, fear and awe came upon the whole church after the events involving Ananias and Sapphira. How do you interpret this response? How can a healthy fear of God or a deep reverence for Him shape our character and choices?
    4. Consider the concept of accountability in light of Ananias and Sapphira’s story. How important is it to have people in our lives who can challenge us, hold us accountable, and help us stay aligned with our desired character? Share a personal experience of accountability and discuss its significance.

Verse to Memorize:

 ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Acts 20:35

Idea Principal

Descubre el poder del carácter y la importancia de elegir quién quieres ser. Únete a nosotros mientras nos adentramos en la historia de Ananías y Safira, explorando los apetitos ocultos que pueden moldear nuestros destinos. ¡No te pierdas este episodio revelador!

Versículo para memorizar:

Más bienaventurado es dar que recibir..

Hechos 20:35

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