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Acts 4:36-5:11 - Ananias and Sapphira - Fearing Jesus

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Acts 4:36-5:11 – Fearing Jesus
Questions for the Young

Q1. The characters in this (true) story are…

BARNABAS ANANIAS SAPPHIRA JESUS
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT PETER JAMES JOHN

Q2. What was Martin Luther’s diet?

WORMS A TRIAL A MEETING CORNFLAKES

Diet of Worms (1521) – Luther: “Unless I am convinced by scripture and plain reason – I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other. My conscience is captive to the word of God; I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen.” (“Here I stand, I can do no other” – in the printed version.)

Q3.To fear God means more than just ______________.

Q4. What happened to Ananias and Sapphira? They…

LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER DIED WERE JUDGED
WERE CHASTISED WERE PUNISHED

Q5. To whom did Ananias lie?

PETER THE HOLY SPIRIT SATAN GOD

Q6. Who else had Ananias and Sapphira lied to?

GOD THE FATHER GOD THE SON GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

Q7. Who did Ananias and Sapphira fear more than God? ______ ___________
Acts 4:36-5:11 – Fearing Jesus LMCC 2017/09/17
Sermon Outline

I. FEARING OTHER PEOPLE? 4:36-5:2

Pro. 10:27 The fear of the LORD adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.

II. FEARING GOD 5:3-6

Ps. 51:4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight;

III. FEARING JESUS 7-11

CONCLUSION

Our fear of God must always trump our fear of others-

1 Through all the changing scenes of life,
In trouble and in joy,
The praises of my God shall still
My heart and tongue employ.

2 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
With me exalt his name;
When in distress I called to him,
He, to my rescue, came.

3 The armies of God encamp around
The dwellings of his people;
Deliverance he affords to all
Who on his mercy trust.

4 Oh, make but trial of his love,
Experience will decide
How blessed they are, and only they,
Who in his truth rely.

5 Fear him, his people; you will then
Have nothing else to fear;
Make serving him your delight,
Your needs shall be his care.

Nicholas Brady (1659 - 1726) and Nahum Tate (1652 – 1715)
altd. D.W. Legg 2017
To WILTSHIRE 8.6.8.6 CM. CMP 702

Passages:Acts 4:36-5:11
Date:September 17, 2017
Series & Preacher:The Acts of Jesus, David Legg (Sunday Morning)
Tags:Ananias, Fearing, God, Jesus, Saphira
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Acts 4:36-5:11

36 Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, 37 sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet.

5:1 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife's knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.

After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.” But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things. (ESV)

 

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