Bible Passages: Acts 4:32-37, Acts 5:1-11, Leviticus 16:2, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Description: This narrative focuses on the grave importance of honesty and integrity in the early Christian community, illustrated by the story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5. The couple, part of the early church, sold a piece of property but deceitfully kept back part of the proceeds while claiming to donate the entire amount. This act of lying to the Holy Spirit and the community resulted in both their sudden deaths. The story is set against the backdrop of the Old Testament examples of God's seriousness regarding His temple and His commands, emphasizing the sanctity of the church as the new temple of God. Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 reinforce this, declaring the church as God's holy temple, where the Spirit dwells.