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Selflessness vs. Deception

Selflessness vs Deception Acts 4 Acts 5 Ananias and Sapphira

Acts 4:32-5:11

I. The selfless nature of the early church (Acts 4:32-37)

    A. All things in common (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35; 6:1)
    B. The grace of giving (Acts 4:33; 1 Corinthians 8:1-8)
    C. The example of Barnabas (Acts 4:36-37)
    D. Was the early church a form of communism? No! (Acts 4:32, 34; 2 Corinthians 8:2; 9:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2; Acts 12:12; 1 Timothy 6:17-19)

II. The deception of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11)

    A. Their sin was deception: “You have not lied to men but to God” (Acts 5:4)
    B. Attributes of God on display in this account

      1. Omnipotence (Acts 5:5, 10)
      2. Omnipresence (Jeremiah 23;23-24)
      3. Omniscience (Acts 5:4; Jeremiah 17:9-10)

    C. Punishment similar to Nadab and Abihu (Leviticus 10:1-2) – “Both make the point: God’s Word and His spokesmen must be taken seriously” (Copeland)

Boldness in the Face of Persecution (Acts 4:1-31)

Boldness in the Face of Persecution Acts 4

Acts 4:1-31

I. Reactions to preaching

    A. The religious leaders were unhappy (Acts 4:1-3)
    B. HOWEVER “many believed” (Acts 4:4; 2:47; 5:14; 5:42-6:1; 17:6)

II. Opposition to the early church

    A. Peter and John before the council (Acts 4:5-7)
    B. Peter’s answer (Acts 4:8-12; 2:36; 2:24; Psalm 118:22; Matthew 1:21; John 14:6)
    C. The council’s reaction (Acts 4:13)
    D. The council’s opposition (Acts 4:14-18)
    E. Peter and John refused (Acts 4:19-22; 5:29)

III. The reaction of the early church to persecution

    A. Praise (Acts 4:23-28)
    B. Prayer for boldness (Acts 4:29-30)
    C. God’s answer (Acts 4:31)

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 28/260: Read Acts 4

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”

What a testimony to the impact Jesus had on the lives of these men! What kind of an impact has the Christ had on your life?

When you talk to others about the Lord, are you confident in your belief? Can others see Jesus in your life, the way you talk and act? Do you exhibit the meekness and mercy of the Messiah? Do you love your neighbor enough to tell him about the only path to salvation?

Peter and John were so convinced that they would not let the threats of violence derail them from the mission. “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”

Is your faith so strong that you have to tell others?

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Acts 2:38. Then Peter said to them, “_______________, and let every one of you be _______________ in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall _______________ the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Pray

Pray for boldness as you talk to others about God regardless of consequences.