Thursday, April 26, 2012

Study through Acts: Lesson Eight

Acts Chapter 5

Verses 1-11       

Ananias and Sapphira; See also 1 Cor 5:1-5 with 2 Cor 2:1-11 and 1 Timothy 5:20-21. What might be an application to today? What is the responsibility of the Church regarding those living publically in sin?

Verses 12-16      

Various miracles which beg the question: Why do we seek Jesus?  For Who He is or what He can do/does for us? See John 6:26-27. Compare also Joshua 24:14-15; Gen 28:20; 1 Kings 18:20-21; Habakkuk 3:17-18. What might be the application for us?

Verses 17-32      

Consider especially verse 29. Have you ever heard someone say, "If I see a miracle, I will believe in God"?

Here is another case in which seeing miracles saves no one. Compare Numbers 14:1-24; Acts 14:8-19.  Application?

What is our protection against such hardness? How did the apostles get the inner strength which compelled their comment in verse 29? Does Acts 4:13 help answer that question?  What about the events of Acts 2:1-4, 14-24? Does that section help answer the question? 

What might be an application in these verses for us?

Verses 33-42           

Despite threats against them, what did the apostles do?  See vv 40-42 (euangeglion [Greek] = "Telling the good news about Jesus").  Now see Eph 6:13-20.

If St. Paul needed it, do we today need it any less? What will you do to acquire and wear that attire? How will you euangeglion – tell others the good news about Jesus? What does the expression, “Walk the talk” have to do with telling others the good news about Jesus?

Next time: Chapter 6

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