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A two-week series on worshipful giving based on the contrasting stories of Barnabas (Acts 4) and Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5). Through these messages, students will learn about the heart of God behind giving and how it communicates love and worship to Him.
Week One: "Giving Faith." In Acts 4:32-37, the themes in this lesson are the unity and mission of the early church, how that impacted their view of possessions and giving, and is exemplified through the gift of Barnabas who sold his property and gave the proceeds to the church.
Week Two: "Honest Faith." In Acts 5:1-11,we look at God's desire for honesty in our worship and the betrayal of Ananias and Sapphira's lie (both to Him and the church). Peter makes it clear that they were never required to give a specific amount, but that their attempt to manipulate their image to the rest of the church and to God was a lie that corrupted worship.
This Resource Includes:
• Complete message manuscript for each week (Word files)
• PowerPoint presentation file for each week
• Small group guide for each week (Word file)
• Student handout for each week (Word files)
• Series graphics (jpeg files)