January 9, 2022

The Church, Part 1

Passage: Acts 4:32-37; 5:1-11
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The Church, Part 1

Acts 4:32-37; 5:1-11

1. One Heart & Soul = Lost Souls Saved

● Acts 4:32-33, NASB

32And the congregation of those who believed were of one
heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to
him was his own, but all things were common property to them. 33And
with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection
of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all.

2. Giving Out of Desire Not Obligation

● Acts 4:34-37, NASB
34For there was not a needy person among them, for all who
were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds
of the sales 35and lay them at the apostles’ feet, and they would be
distributed to each to the extent that any had need. 36Now Joseph, a
Levite of Cyprian birth, who was also called Barnabas by the apostles
(which translated means Son of Encouragement), 37owned a tract of
land. So he sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’

3. Love & Good Works: Both Required

● Acts 5:1-11, NASB

1But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a
piece of property,
2and kept back some of the proceeds for himself,
with his wife’s full knowledge, and bringing a portion of it, he laid it at
the apostles’ feet. 3But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your
heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the proceeds of
the land? 4While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And
after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have
conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men, but to
God.” 5And as he heard these words, Ananias collapsed and died; and
great fear came over all who heard about it. 6The young men got up
and covered him up, and after carrying him out, they buried him. 7Now
an interval of about three hours elapsed, and his wife came in, not
knowing what had happened. 8And Peter responded to her, “Tell me
whether you sold the land for this price?” And she said, “Yes, for that
price.” 9Then Peter said to her, “Why is it that you have agreed
together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the test? Behold, the feet of
those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will
carry you out as well.” 10And immediately she collapsed at his feet and
died; and the young men came in and found her dead, and they carried
her out and buried her beside her husband. 11And great fear came over
the whole church, and over all who heard about these things.

● Hebrews 10:24, NASB
24…and let’s consider how to encourage one another in love
and good deeds