Lying to the Holy Spirit ~ Acts 5:1-11

 

I.A Show of Generosity (vs. 1-2)

a. Immediately preceding Ananias’ and Sapphira’s offering…“Joses who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which means son of encouragement) having land sold it and brought the money to the apostles and laid it at their feet.  What about this may these two have wanted?

b. Was the sin that they had kept back part of the sale of their own possession or something more?

c. Where did the sin start and who was complicit in it?

II.Be Sure Your Sins Will Find You Out (vs. 3-11)

a. How long does it take for Peter to confront Ananias?

b. Whose hand does Peter see at work in this deceit?

c. Who does Peter state that Ananias had lied to?

d. What did Peter mean that the possession was Ananias’ when he owned it an under his control after he sold it?

e. How do you think Peter knew so much about what was going on with this?

f. What happened to Ananias?

g. Why do you think the penalty was immediate and this severe? 

h. Ananias is carried out and buried without the usual mourning etc why?  

         i. Sapphira is proven complicit with Ananias.  How does she find out her husband is dead?

j. Does Peter know what will happen to Sapphira?

k. What was the result in the church and community when word of Ananias and Sapphira demise was known?

l. Is this kind of ‘fear’ a healthy thing for the Church?

III. Application:  Are people too casual, careless, or even willfully belligerent in their attitudes and actions toward God?

What caution can we take away from this lesson?

 

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