Sunday Recap - Oct. 7th
Every single day new people were becoming followers of Jesus, and the church keeps growing. Now up to this part of the story, there have been powerful prayer moments, conversions of large crowds, incredible miracles, and outlandish generosity. It’s a sweet time of God moving and there is a loving, growing fellowship emerging. But in Acts chapter 5, we see an abrupt, shocking, sobering, and chilling event. It’s a defining moment for the church and for those outside of the church.
Key Scriptures: "Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.
Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4 Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”
5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. 6 Then some young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him. Acts 5:1-6 NIV
Some Sunday takeaways:
Satan has influence but ultimately we make the choice to sin.
Our sin against others is ultimately a sin against God.
There is a spiritual struggle over your heart.
Submit to God’s rule and authority over your life.
Resist (withstand and combat) the devil’s attack on you.