Scripture: Acts 4:23-5:11
- Students will learn the early church was united and shared everything they had with each other.
- Students will learn God hates lies.
- Students will learn God expects us to be generous with our possessions.
- Students will learn how to work with basic percentages.
Guiding Question: How can students learn to use percentages?
Materials: Paper, pencils
Procedure: Review the stories and highlights of the Early Church, Ananias and Sapphira from the scriptures above. Emphasize that the early church was composed of many Christians who were united under the message of Jesus. These Christians embraced each other and shared everything they had with each other. Reinforce what these scriptures say about lying and how God detests lying. Ask the students if they have ever been lied to before and if so, how did it feel. Explain that God does not want us to lie because He wants us to be honest and kind to others. Lying is often secretive and can cause hurt to others. Emphasize that any lie is a sin – no matter how big or small.
Introduce the activity. Remind students that Ananias and Sapphira gave only a percentage of the money they claimed to give. Teach basic percentages and have students create problems for each other using what they have learned about percentages.
Additional Questions: How can students use percentages in real life situations?
Supplemental Activity: Have students create a pretend website page for clothing at different prices. The clothing is all a certain percentage on sale (15%, 25%, 30%, etc) and the students have to determine what the price of the items would be while on sale.