A Church Too Dangerous To Join (8 of 33) by Jerry Vines

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A Church Too Dangerous To Join (8 of 33)
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Jerry Vines
Acts 5

We are taking a journey through the book of Acts in order to discover the basic principles of New Testament Christianity so that we might understand what the church is all about and what the timeless truths are which are to be applied to us today as we seek to be the church the Lord Jesus Christ wants us to be.

In the 5th chapter of the book of Acts I want to get about 3 verses—12, 13, 14 and read those verses. But you will want to keep your Bible open as we move through this chapter together. We, of course, won't be dealing with everything which all the verses treat, but we will try to give the essence of this passage of Scripture and this chapter from the wonderful book of Acts.

There are many of you sitting in this building this morning which I pray before the service is over you will make the decision to join the church. Others of you I'm praying you will receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and as your Savior.

I'm going to talk with you today about an aspect of truth which is maybe not dealt with as much but I think it is very, very important. A church too dangerous to join. Think about it.

When you read these verses, 12, 13, and 14, at first impression it seems to be a little bit contradictory. You will notice it says first of all that nobody dared to join them and then it comes right back and says but there were multitudes of believers who were added to the Lord. What are we dealing with here? What is the substance of this thought?

Of course we know that the real thing that gets your attention in Acts 5 is the death of Ananias and Sapphira. We'll get to that in a little while. Because of the death of these members of the early church, the 11th verse says "and great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things."

We find that there were some people who did not join themselves to the church because of this fear and yet on the other han ...


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