Ananias and Sapphira

Scripture Passage: Acts 5:1-11

This is the first recorded sin of the Church. Ananias and Sapphira had a right to keep back whatever they chose, but to make it appear that they had given all when they had kept some back was sinful. Satan had so filled their hearts that they even tried to lie to the Holy Spirit. It was necessary that severe action was taken, otherwise dishonesty would appear to be profitable and the Holy Spirit could be deceived. So Ananias and Sapphira died.  We must make sure that we do not grieve the Holy Spirit by doing dishonest things.

1. What did Ananias and Sapphira do that was wrong?
They said that they had given all the money from the sale of the land but they had kept some back.
2. Why did God let Ananias and Sapphira die?
To be a warning to other dishonest people in the church.
3. Who were filled with fear?
The church people and others who heard what had happened.

Memory verse: Acts 5:11

Great fear gripped the entire church and all others who heard what had happened. (NLT)



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