Friday, November 11, 2011
Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Acts. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses and encourages you through this material. Stay strong. Live in the Spirit. Encourage each other. Pray. Jesus is coming…
Take a few minutes to pray and savor chapter 5 of the book of Acts. Read it with the thought in mind that this is the first display of the power of the Holy Spirit working through man – aside from Christ, that is. Imagine what the Spirit can do through you if you let Him! Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…
5:1-11 – Pride and generosity don’t mix. Give in secret. Be honest. (Bad Girls – Higgs)
5:1-2 – the sin was deliberate deception. Ananias and Sapphira attempted to deceive God about the price they received for their property. Perhaps so they would be elevated in the eyes of the apostles.
5:3 – when we behave deceptively, we attempt to lie to the Holy Spirit
5:36 – Theudas – founder of the Zealots.
• The book of Acts teaches us much about what the Holy Spirit is capable of doing through a mortal life. What have you learned about how He wants to work through you today? What will you do to give up a bit of control to Him?
• What attributes of God do you see in this book?
• What verse of scripture seemed to be God speaking directly to you? What is He teaching you in these verses? How does He want you to respond?