In Jr. High OTTAGETTU we have launched a new, four-week series tackling four topics that can be struggles for junior high students. In this first lesson, we will examine the dangers of lying by discussing a story found in Acts 5:1-10.
Ananias & Sapphira brought a donation to the early church leaders, claiming that it was the full amount of money they earned from the sale of some property. But it was a lie-and God struck them dead for their deception. Obviously, God doesn’t kill all of us when we lie, but we do pay the price for our lies through damaged friendships & a wounded relationship with God.
We encouraged our students to recognize how much God loves honesty but hates lies, how our lies can affect our lives, & the value of confession & forgiveness.
Here are some questions you might want to use as you talk with your teenager about this week’s lesson:
- Why do people lie?
- What are some ways your lies can hurt other people? yourself? your friendship with God?
- What are some possible benefits of confessing a lie to someone & asking for their forgiveness?
I pray that this is a blessed week for you & your family!