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CONTEXT: We saw last week the awesome outpouring of God's Holy Spirit on the 120 in the upper room. And we said that the first thing the newly Spirit empowered Church did was WITNESS. The primary ministry that the Holy Spirit will empower a person for is the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You want to know if you are empowered by the Spirit? Are you pointing people to Jesus in your daily life?
This week we are going to look at one of the most enigmatic passages in all of God's Word. The great preacher C.H. Spurgeon preached 10's of thousands of sermon in his life but NEVER dealt with this passage.
What is so bizarre about this passage? Well it's the first time Satan visited church, and how God killed the people who invited him. So let's dive in…
Acts 4:32 (ESV) begins to show how awesome this newly birthed, Spirit filled Church was:
32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35 and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.
So you see this sort of thing began to happen. People who were land owners sold their land and donated the proceeds to the Church. No doubt people were beginning to suffer for their faith. Some were loosing jobs, some were just starting to feel the financial strain because the Jews would no longer trade with them. And the Holy Spirit would speak - hey you, sell your acre of land and give the money to the Church in order to alleviate some of the stress they are suffering.
Then Luke tells about one particular leader:
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