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Two Funerals for the Price of One (11 of 24)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles: A Verse-by-Verse Study
October 17, 2007
INTRODUCTION: In our lesson last week, we talked about the disciple's response to the persecution and the threats by the Pharisees and other religious leaders. The threats and intimidation only strengthened their resolve. In Acts 4:29-31, they prayed, "And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,  By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.  And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness."
This evening, we turn our attention to chapter 5 and the story of Ananias and Sapphira. Let's consider three things:
I. The Circumstances of Story
II. The Death of Two People
III. The Lessons Learned
I. THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE STORY
A. A Common Need
1. When a man or a woman receives Christ, they immediately take on His likeness and His characteristics. They have been "born again," and because that is true, they begin to behave as God's children. They see others differently; they begin to show compassion and love, reaching out to one another. How often did the Lord show His compassion for the needs of people? Over and over again.
a. These new Christians began to have their eyes and their hearts opened to the needs of others. They recognized a common need. As a result, many of them sold their land and even their houses in order to help provide for the less fortunate. Look back again at (4:32), "And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common."
B. A Selfish Deed
1. Here ...
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