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Acts 4:36-37; 5:1-12, 14a
Integrity
April 10, 2016
First Baptist Church
Jackson, Mississippi
USA
What’s the number one thi...
April Memory Verse
Ephesians 4:32 ESV
32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ
fo...
Sunday
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Acts 5:25-35; 5:38-42
Faithful
April 17, 2016
Firs...
This passage in Acts 5 concerning the hypocrisy of Ananias and Sapphira lying
about their giving is one of the stories whi...
Acts 4:36-37 ESV
36 Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means Son
of Encouragement), a Levite...
Jon Courson's
NT Application Commentary
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Warren Wiersbe (born May 16, 1929...
Acts 4:12-13 ESV
12 “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven
given among men by whi...
Moses spent time with God (forty days up on the mountain) and his face shone
and he was not even aware of it (Exodus 34:29...
How do you get your kids to receive what you are saying even when you are
laying down the law?
https://drawception.com/pub...
Then we as ignorant and unlearned men and women will be effective if we have
been with Jesus.
http://setapartministries.fi...
The newly healed man well knew that he could be executed also.
You find out who your true friends are when you are in hot ...
Acts 4:18-20 ESV
18 So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the
name of Jesus.
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This is the verse that the Cubans were reminded of when we asked them to go
into their hospitals and share the Gospel with...
At the right time healing came.
We sometimes ask – “God, why aren’t You working?”
At the right time, in His time, when He ...
Acts 4:32-35 ESV
32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no
one said that any of the ...
Today
Acts 4:36-37; 5:1-11
Integrity
Acts 4:36-37 ESV
36 Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which ...
Now that Barnabas is born again, he lets the property go willingly - what the Law
could not do, love now did.
Love accompl...
2 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...
How we should thank the Lord for the brother or sister who will come to us and
say, "Be careful. Beware."
When God judged ...
Satan wants to destroy the church, and the easiest way to do it is to use those
who are within the fellowship.
http://taki...
This sin against the early church was what the apostle in 1 John 5:16 calls
a sin unto death; a sin which must be punished...
Those areas in our lives that need to be changed, He will change - by His Holy
Spirit through His Word in His time.
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2 Corinthians 4:7 ESV
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power
belongs to God and no...
How dumb! How childish!
Silly Rabbi! Tricks are for kids!
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Ananias and his wife saw Barnabas giving his goods and they thought, “Ah,
we’re going to imitate that.”
Ananias and Sapphi...
George McDonald said that “half the misery in the world is caused by people
trying to look rather than trying to be”.
That...
How does hypocrisy kill your peace?
Living in hypocrisy, one must always keep his mask on and his guard up.
Fearing that s...
Acts 5:7 ESV
7 After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had
happened.
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Acts 5:12 ESV
12 Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the
hands of the apostles.
These churc...
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04 April 10, 2016, Acts 4;36-37 & 5;1-12, 14a, Integrity

  1. 1. Acts 4:36-37; 5:1-12, 14a Integrity April 10, 2016 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA What’s the number one thing? http://berylloeb.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/one-finger.jpg The glory of God! http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HdKEr1hZ7iI/TWY2eWJdLoI/AAAAAAAAAgw/V0dVLTrGG1g/s1600/Glory.jpg 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV 31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_esGjlMXynAw/S_Bsozl_VCI/AAAAAAAAChA/reYniAWQgKA/s1600/Glory+of+God,+For+the.jp g
  2. 2. April Memory Verse Ephesians 4:32 ESV 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Big Boom Dinner for All Median Adults & Guests Tuesday, April 19, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CLC Auditorium, 3rd Floor Tickets can be purchased online and at the 2nd floor kiosk on Sundays, April 3rd and April 10th before 9:00 a.m. SS and before 10:30 a.m. Worship, Sunday Evenings before and after 6:00 p.m. service and Wednesday night, April 6th outside Fellowship Hall East. Three ways to schedule your appointment: 1. Online - Click "Schedule a Portrait Session". 2. Meet with a scheduler in Fellowship Hall East on Sundays in April (8:30–9:00 am; 10:00–10:30 am; 11:30–noon. 3. Call the Church Office at 601-949-1969, Monday–Friday, 8:00 am–5:00 pm. • You will be asked to leave a message, and someone will return your call to schedule your appointment day and time. Getting Older • Death is the #1 killer in the world. • Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. • I thought getting old would have taken longer.
  3. 3. Sunday http://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.YeZK4m9R0ZovA7PRca4vag&pid=15.1 Acts 5:25-35; 5:38-42 Faithful April 17, 2016 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA Today Acts 4:36-37; 5:1-11 Integrity Simple Definition of integrity - the state of being complete or whole, undivided. Directly from Latin integritatem from integer "whole" (see integer). Integer (n.) “a whole number”, not a fraction. From Latin “intact”. In- “not” + tangere “to touch” = not to touch. (in-tangere/integer) Integument (skin) unbroken, intact. The integrity of the cell wall. http://medicalpicturesinfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Cell-Wall-3.jpg
  4. 4. This passage in Acts 5 concerning the hypocrisy of Ananias and Sapphira lying about their giving is one of the stories which demonstrate the stubborn honesty of the Bible. It might well have been left out because it shows that even in the early Church there were very imperfect Christians; however, the Bible refuses to present an idealized picture of anything. Once a court artist painted the portrait of Oliver Cromwell who was disfigured by warts upon his face. The painter, thinking to please the great man, omitted the disfiguring warts. When Cromwell saw the picture, he said, "Take it away, and paint me warts and all." http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sBb6l4Py7QQ/T0g6Jo3PaFI/AAAAAAAABZs/BHFjOPK6kKA/s320/Oliver%2BCromwell.jpg One of the great virtues of the Bible is that it shows us its heroes, warts and all. http://bradwhitt.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/photo.jpg
  5. 5. Acts 4:36-37 ESV 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. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7AaqFVTpRhc/UbayH0lpN8I/AAAAAAAABf0/M3Hr04NYa5g/s1600/barnabas.jpg Acts 5:1-11 ESV Ananias and Sapphira 1 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, 2 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. 3 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? 4 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 man but to God.” 5 When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. 6 The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him. 7 After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.” 9 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. Acts 5:1-11 ESV
  6. 6. Jon Courson's NT Application Commentary http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/MuRmxkCObIY/hqdefault.jpg Warren Wiersbe (born May 16, 1929) BE Series The Bible Exposition Commentary – New Testament, Volume 1. http://onedesertrose.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/wiersbe_warren.jpg Let’s pick up where we left off last Sunday in Acts 4:12. http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/7a/b1/5c/7ab15cb0650102f3d7da8a101db25708.jpg
  7. 7. Acts 4:12-13 ESV 12 “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” http://susanstilwell.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Acts-4-12a.jpg 13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:12-13 ESV "Who are these unlearned and ignorant men?" asked the Jewish leaders. "They didn't study with our scholars; they didn’t go to our seminaries. How is it they understand the Scriptures?" How could Peter and John, uneducated men, get away with saying, "We did this in the Name of Jesus of Nazareth Whom you crucified" (see Acts 4:10)? Because those who heard them perceived that they had been with Jesus. When you spend time with Jesus you begin to take on the fragrance of the Lord. Do you smell like Jesus? When you spend time with Him you will speak with sensibility, with practicality because the Lord is shining from you. The Lord is with you right now. You not only have been with Jesus, you are with Jesus right now and He is with you. https://sonshineofmylife.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/jesus-i-wil- stay-with-you5.jpg
  8. 8. Moses spent time with God (forty days up on the mountain) and his face shone and he was not even aware of it (Exodus 34:29). http://hookedonthebook.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Moses-shining-face.jpg Exodus 34:29 ESV 29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. The people said, “Whoa Mo, you glow!” http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_2Nzn1OvcR0/U49oNMWd09I/AAAAAAAAEjk/vmLp5pKW5U0/s1600/Israel+se+Prepara.jpg Even though it was the Law he carried back from the mountain with him, the people received it. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/- FnDVHuw3M78/UVMISaEH_MI/AAAAAAAAAzE/gCSLWa8zLJ8/s1600/Moses_10+Commandments.jpg
  9. 9. How do you get your kids to receive what you are saying even when you are laying down the law? https://drawception.com/pub/panels/2013/5-30/cTROre5ha4-2.png You come with a glowing face! Not a glowering face but with a glowing face and the only way to get a glowing face is to spend time with the Lord. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-m_tWTXF-PNM/TpyQz9qKQnI/AAAAAAAAATs/exRv2V-RfkA/s320/innerlight_niv.jpg When you come with a glowing face you can also come with the Ten Commandments and whoever you speak into, they will receive it. If you don’t come with a glowing face, it is just the Law and they will reject it, not receive it and even resent it. Don’t lay down the law without a glowing face. When it comes to talking with people about God, before you come down from your mount with the Law, your face had better be glowing by having spent time with God.
  10. 10. Then we as ignorant and unlearned men and women will be effective if we have been with Jesus. http://setapartministries.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/been-with-jesus-acts-4-13-fb-cover.png?w=851 Acts 4:14 ESV 14 But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. The people could see the previously lame man now walking with the Lord - the power of a changed life - folks can’t argue with that! https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/d5/ca/65/d5ca65c0eb924c89c38acc20a78cf1e2.jpg Peter and John were in hot water here and this guy that they had healed could have said, “I’ve got to go!” and left them to stand alone. http://bibleencyclopedia.com/gs400px/stdas0763.jpg
  11. 11. The newly healed man well knew that he could be executed also. You find out who your true friends are when you are in hot water. It is easy to be a friend when everyone is celebrating in the Temple but it is a different thing when things get heavy. This fellow, who had not been able to stand on his own two feet, now stood right beside Peter and John as they stood in front of these powerful men. How ready are you to stand with Jesus in the time of testing and trouble? Or are you going to go along with the gang when the going gets tough? I am the lame man in this story and everyone needs to know where I stand now that I have been made whole. We stand by the Lord. We stand with the Lord. We stand for the Lord. Not just in church but out there where it gets hard and heavy and hot. That helps us to evaluate our friendship with Jesus. Do I stand with Him and by Him and for Him when there is a group of big guns all around and they are not looking with favor on Jesus? Jesus stood (and stands) by me and for me. Take a stand and stand by each other when they are blowing it (like John stood with and by Peter after he denied Jesus three times). Stand with and for your friends and family when they are in hot water, when they are having difficulty. That is true love! May we allow the Lord to help us to have the maturity that this man had after 20 minutes, may we have that built into our lives when we have walked with the Lord for 20 years!
  12. 12. Acts 4:18-20 ESV 18 So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0d6kA6sStP4/UWAsnLMzNDI/AAAAAAAACpQ/MmNTMSj-Ls8/s1600/Sanhedrin+3.jpg 19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, http://wallpaper4god.com/en/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/acts4_19.jpg 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:18-20 ESV https://bloorlansdownechristianfellowship.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/acts-4_20.gif
  13. 13. This is the verse that the Cubans were reminded of when we asked them to go into their hospitals and share the Gospel with the patients there one Saturday afternoon in 2003. They chose to stand with Jesus and for Jesus and saw 240 weeping decisions for Christ that glorious afternoon! http://geology.com/world/cuba-map.gif http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=OIP.M816772bca2c962cccff2f230858364cfH0&w=300&h=225&c=0&pid=1.9&rs= God’s Timing Acts 4:22 ESV 22 For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old. Why had Jesus and the apostles all walked by this man many times and chosen not to heal him? Because there was a right time (God’s time) that would maximize the glory given to God.
  14. 14. At the right time healing came. We sometimes ask – “God, why aren’t You working?” At the right time, in His time, when He gets the most glory, that’s when He works. Don’t give up because at the right time the Lord will work to His glory. God certainly knows what He is doing. So this man was healed in God’s timing and God still gets glory from it. Satan had failed completely in his first attempt to silence the witness of the church. However, the enemy never gives up; he simply changes his strategy. His first approach had been to attack the church from the outside, hoping that arrest and threats would frighten the leaders. When that failed, Satan decided to attack the church from the inside and to use church members to get it done. We must face the fact that Satan is an exceptionally clever foe. If he does not succeed as the "devouring lion" (1 Peter 5:8), then he attacks again as the "deceiving serpent" or as an "angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:3, 13- 14). Satan is both a murderer and a liar (John 8:44), and the church must be prepared for both attacks. http://i.vimeocdn.com/video/454329759_640.jpg
  15. 15. Acts 4:32-35 ESV 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. http://www.chapelofgrace.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/9891726.png 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. Acts 4:32-35 ESV These church members had a real desire to share all they had. We must note one thing above all—this sharing was not the result of legislation; it was utterly spontaneous – because of true love. It is not when the law compels us to share but when the heart moves us to share that society is really Christian. https://defendingcontending.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/blessed-are-the-pure-in-heart-1-728.jpg?w=300&h=225
  16. 16. Today Acts 4:36-37; 5:1-11 Integrity Acts 4:36-37 ESV 36 Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, http://bibleencyclopedia.com/gs400px/stdas0489.jpg 37 sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet. Acts 4:36-37 ESV http://bibleencyclopedia.com/picturesjpeg/Ananias_lying_to_Peter_C-64.jpg Acts 4:36 tell us that Barnabas was a Levite from the island of Cyprus and Levites were forbidden by the Scriptures (the Law) to own land. http://phillipsstreetcoc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/barnabas-250x139.jpg
  17. 17. Now that Barnabas is born again, he lets the property go willingly - what the Law could not do, love now did. Love accomplishes what the law can never accomplish. Barnabas was touched by the Lord, he was in love with Jesus and with his brothers and sisters. Love is the key! http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=OIP.Mb310b08c2f5c670c6ba217a00fadec52o0&w=299&h=294&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r =0 Barnabas had a most important ministry of encouragement in the early church and is mentioned twenty-five times in the Book of Acts and another five times in the epistles. Barnabas was a Spirit-filled man who was an encouragement to the church because he gave his all to the Lord. Not every believer can be like Peter and John, but we can all be like Barnabas and have a ministry of encouragement. Acts 5:1-2 ESV 1 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, http://ibiblestory.com/dev/assets/images/content/figurines-420x270.jpg
  18. 18. 2 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. Acts 5:1-2 ESV http://www.christcenteredmall.com/profiles/ananias-and-sapphira.jpg Ananias means "God is gracious," but he learned that God is also holy; and Sapphira means "beautiful," but her heart was ugly with sin. http://thevirtuousgirl.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/samsons-first-wife-wotw.jpg The father of lies certainly knows how to lie to the minds and hearts of church members, even genuine Christians, and get them to follow his orders. http://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.M8acc7c5068d3ca34b08212f846c51a6co0&pid=15.1 The admonition about the spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:10-18) was written to God's people because it is the Christians who are in danger of being used by Satan to accomplish his evil purposes inside of the church. We are so easily blinded and that is why we need one another.
  19. 19. How we should thank the Lord for the brother or sister who will come to us and say, "Be careful. Beware." When God judged Ananias and Sapphira, He was also judging Satan. He was letting everybody know that He would not tolerate deception (nor criticizing the pastor) in His church. Satan whispered to the couple, "You can also bask in this kind of glory! You can make others think that you are as spiritual as Barnabas!" Instead of resisting Satan's approaches, they yielded to his still, small voice and contrived their plan. Pride opens the door to every other sin, for once we are more concerned with our reputation than our character, there is no end to the things we will do just to make ourselves "look good" before others. Their sin was especially wicked because their sin was directed against God's church. There is reason to believe that Ananias and Sapphira were believers. There was a holiness of life in the early church and this kind of sin could not be allowed to exist in that church. http://www.fredmckinnon.com/myblog/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Holiness_Final.jpg The spiritual level of the church at that time was so high that it is doubtful that a mere "professing Christian" could have gotten into the fellowship without being detected. The fact that they were able to lie to the Spirit (Acts 5:3) and tempt the Spirit (Acts 5:9) would indicate that they had the Spirit of God living within. God loves His church, is jealous over it and will protect it for the church was purchased by the blood of God's Son (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:25) and has been put on earth to glorify Him and do His work.
  20. 20. Satan wants to destroy the church, and the easiest way to do it is to use those who are within the fellowship. http://takingbackthebible.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/destroy.jpg?w=490&h=249 Had Peter not been discerning and had God not acted, Ananias and Sapphira would have become influential people in the church! Satan would have continued to use them to accomplish his purposes! The church is God's army (2 Timothy 2:1-4), and Satan seeks to get into the ranks as many traitors as he can. The church is safe so long as Satan is attacking from the outside, but when he gets on the inside, the church is in danger. If God killed "religious deceivers" today, how many church members would be left? The undertakers would be doing a huge business! "The Lord shall judge His people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Hebrews 10:26-31). Satan always keeps his servants in the dark, while God guides His servants in the light (John 15:15). Sapphira tempted God's Spirit, that is, deliberately disobeyed God to see how far God would go (Exodus 17:2; Deuteronomy 6:16). Ananias and Sapphira were actually defying God and daring Him to act—and act He did with swiftness and finality. "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God" (Matthew 4:7). We must keep in mind that their sin was not in robbing God of money (Malachi 3:8-9) but in lying to Him and attempting to rob Him of glory.
  21. 21. This sin against the early church was what the apostle in 1 John 5:16 calls a sin unto death; a sin which must be punished with temporal death (the death of the body) while mercy was extended to the souls. Acts 5:3 ESV 3 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? “Why are you lying?” asked Peter. Hypocrisy (wearing a mask, playing the actor) was the sin here, because Ananias was pretending to be more spiritual than he really was. He was trying to be religious but hypocrisy is a killer. Hypocrisy was the one sin that riled our Lord Jesus. It is one of the main reasons that non-believers site as an excuse to not be interested in His church. http://manvsdebt.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Hypocrite.jpg Oliver Wendell Holmes said “sin has many tools but the lie is the handle that fits them all”. No matter what area of sin you are talking about, ultimately it will get down to lying. The Lord wants to be with real people like you and like me. He does not want us to walk around super spiritual nor phonily pious. He just wants us to be real. He loves you just like you are!
  22. 22. Those areas in our lives that need to be changed, He will change - by His Holy Spirit through His Word in His time. http://faith1stministries.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/gods-word-it-will-change-your-life-3.jpg We are the freest people of all people! We don’t have to be churchy, we don’t have to put on airs or talk with an anointed quiver. You don’t have to walk around with a clerical collar. You don’t have to walk around with a fake, pious smile on your face. You are free to be who you are. Psalm 103:14 says “the Father knows our frames, He remembers we are but dust”. http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/0a/a0/79/0aa0797ca313789431143703a9dea838.jpg We have this treasure, Jesus Christ, in earthen vessels and Jesus sure related to earthy people. http://www.abranchinthevine.com/wp- content/uploads/2015/01/Unknown2.jpeg
  23. 23. 2 Corinthians 4:7 ESV 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. Treasure in an earthen vessel! The common folk heard Him gladly, they loved to be with Him and He loved to be with them. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-R94FoH87Uao/TrPoV4KSD5I/AAAAAAAAB_k/X5ttXkAHsPk/s1600/friends.jpg It was the Pharisees and Sadducees, the religious people, who played the game by wearing their robes and having themselves greeted on the street corner as “Rabbi, Rabbi!”. All kinds of tricks that they used.
  24. 24. How dumb! How childish! Silly Rabbi! Tricks are for kids! http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Silly-Rabbit-Trix-are-for-Kids-T-shirt-/13/!Be4CBcQ!Wk~$(KGrHqEH- DsEreR0u9tuBK+EJBqy3g~~_35.JPG That shouldn’t be, just be who you are. You certainly don’t have to pretend that you are something that you are not nor was ever meant to be. Allow the Lord to change you from the inside out. (see Philippians 2:13) Philippians 2:13 ESV 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Enjoy Him, love on Him, walk with Him. That’s the beauty, that’s why we are so free! He changes us from the inside out while the world says it is from the outside in. That is why religion was so opposed to Jesus and why Jesus was so opposed to religion. The word religion means to bind up, to ligate. (see John 8) John 8:32 & 36 ESV 32 You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. Religion binds you up, forcing you into a straightjacket of play acting, hypocrisy (deliberate deception) and phoniness.
  25. 25. Ananias and his wife saw Barnabas giving his goods and they thought, “Ah, we’re going to imitate that.” Ananias and Sapphira wanted the glory that belonged to God for themselves. We must use what He entrusts to us for His glory alone (see John 5:44). Acts 5:4b ESV 4b Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God. Failure in truth (dishonesty) is sin against God. When we slip into falsehood it is sin against the guidance of the Spirit in our hearts. In verse 3 Peter asked “why have you lied to the Holy Spirit” and in verse 4 he said “you have not lied to man but to God”. Therefore, the Holy Spirit is God! Each Person of the Trinity is God. The Holy Spirit is a Person, part of the Godhead. Three yet One! https://imaroamincatholic.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/holy-spirit-dove.jpg When you grieve Him, resist Him, quench Him or lie to Him – you are grieving, resisting, quenching or lying to God. http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=OIP.M0db4697b82b895ee2d95659a0955a033o0&w=299&h=225&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0& r=0
  26. 26. George McDonald said that “half the misery in the world is caused by people trying to look rather than trying to be”. That is why the world is so miserable. That is also where the self-help industry is so amiss. They say “You can become a powerful person if you just follow these seven steps” and it all depends upon you appearing confident. Just learn to trick people into thinking that you really are interested in them and you can win friends and influence people. Sincerity is the key and once you learn to fake that, you’ve got it made! Jesus comes at it from the exact opposite dimension. Read your Bible and save your $600.00 on the self-help course. The key is not learning to fake it but to allow Him to work from the inside out. He will change your heart! Then you will be authentic, not fake. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people were loving more than trying to look loving? If people were more spiritual more than trying to look spiritual (like Ananias did)? We had better be a people who pray and realize that our society is terribly confused. God was saying, "I'm going to make a severe point at this point in time (early church age) in order that you might get the point for all time. Learn the lesson: Hypocrisy kills." Hypocrisy – is the lack of honesty and it is a loss of integrity. Peter asked Ananias, “Why are you trying to get around this?” Be honest and deal with the issues. Hypocrisy will kill your witness, your peace and it will kill you.
  27. 27. How does hypocrisy kill your peace? Living in hypocrisy, one must always keep his mask on and his guard up. Fearing that someday someone will see the real him, he becomes tense, uptight, unstable and insecure. Therefore, as it did with the early church, great fear should come upon our church—the fear of hypocrisy. While such fear could potentially freak us out, in reality it should free us up. You see, when we finally get the picture of Acts 5, we understand that the Lord is asking us just to be who we are. Paul put it this way: "By the grace of God I am what I am..." (1 Corinthians 15:10) Acts 5:5 ESV 5 When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. http://kimkarpeles.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/ananias_sapphira.jpg Hypocrisy killed Ananias and now it is going to kill his wife. http://biblescan.com/gsmedium/wjpas0626.jpg
  28. 28. Acts 5:7 ESV 7 After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. http://thevirtuousgirl.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/sapphira-wotw.jpg How could she not know? Verse 5 says that “great fear came upon all who heard of it”. Satan always keeps his victims in the dark. Those he is deceiving are always the last to get the full story. We can be blinded by the enemy. Those who truly love you can show you your blind spots. Your best friend is the one willing to exercise enough courage to tell you the most truth. http://reignshalom.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/truthinloveA.25445234_std.jpg Acts 5:8-10 ESV 8 And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.” 9 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. Acts 5:9-10 ESV
  29. 29. http://www.christart.com/IMAGES-art9ab/books/richard_gunther/a/ananias_and_sapphira/The-Lie-11-col.gif Why does Scripture tell us that it was “the young men” who carried both of them out and buried them? We may find that out later in this study of Acts. Acts 5:11 ESV 11And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ue2_vDGeEV8/TVJsSqOV5jI/AAAAAAAAGHo/1E3pVD0lEJw/s1600/ananias_14.jpg We go from great power and great grace in Acts 4:33 to great fear here in verse 11. http://tillhecomes.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/ananias-and-sapphira-570x342.jpg
  30. 30. Acts 5:12 ESV 12 Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. These church members had seen lame people leaping and hypocritical people dying and they well knew that these things were very real. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bDREXOpyDvs/T6vuw2pOE-I/AAAAAAAAANs/qPeP4CvNN_E/s1600/Man+leaping.jpg In our church, we have seen people from crippled marriages restored and other folks with crippled businesses get back on their feet. We have seen the spiritually dead brought to life, saved and baptized! The greatest miracle of all is the transformation of a lost sinner into a child of God by the grace of God. That is the miracle that meets the greatest need, lasts the longest, and costs the greatest price—the blood of God's Son. And that is one miracle we can all participate in as we share the message of the Gospel, "the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth" (Rom. 1:16). Acts 5:14a ESV 14 And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, http://larrydelacruz.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/spiritually- alive.jpg
  31. 31. The Plan of Hope & Salvation John 3:16 NKJV 16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 14:6 NKJV 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Romans 3:23 NKJV 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 6:23a NKJV 23 For the wages of sin is death,  Death in this life (the first death) is 100%.  Even Jesus, the one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to pay the penalty for our sins.  The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the second death explained in Revelation 21:8. Revelation 21:8 NKJV 8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Romans 5:8 NKJV 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 6:23b NKJV 23 but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Revelation 21:7 NKJV 7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”  Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to be overcomers. Romans 10:9-10 NKJV 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
  32. 32. Romans 10:13 NKJV 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” If you have questions or would like to know more, please, contact First Baptist Church Jackson at 601-949-1900 or http://firstbaptistjackson.org/contact/

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