Sunday Night Revival
Delivered By
Rev Danny Dodd
Delivered On
September 23, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Central Passage
Acts 4:32-5: 1-11
Subject
Fear of the Lord part 2
Description

Date: 9.23.18 - P.M. service

Title: The Fear of the Lord- Part 2- “God’s Judgment Within The Church”

Text: Acts 4:32-5: 1-11

  1. THE CONDITION OF THE CHURCH (Acts 4:32-37)
      1. The church experienced unity/harmony (v. 32)
      2. The church was generous. They shared their possessions (vv. 32, 34,35).
      3. The church leaders had boldness to proclaim Jesus (v.33)
      4. The church experienced warm fellowship (v. 33) “great grace was upon them all.”
  2. THE CONSPIRACY WITHIN THE CHURCH (Acts 5: 1-2)
      1. The conspiracy was between a man and his wife (Ananias and Sapphira). Evidently, they were Christians. Although, the scripture does not say explicitly.
      2. The conspiracy had purpose. Ananias/Sapphira wanted to enjoy the acclaim of the church that Barnabas enjoyed, without making a genuine sacrifice.
      3. The conspiracy was carefully planned.
      4. The conspiracy was deliberately designed to deceive people.
  3. THE CONFRONTATION (vv. 4-5)
      1. Peter confronts Ananias. One may ask, “How did Peter know about the conspiracy? The only explanation is “Revelation.” The Holy Spirit revealed this to Peter.
      2. Peter did not view the conspiracy as merely incidental. Peter spoke of the incident as being inspired by Satan.
      3. Peter considered this conspiracy as a lie to both the Holy Spirit and to God (v.4b)
      4. It is evident that this particular sin was considered to be of a peculiar magnitude and was deemed worthy of the immediate judgment of God.
  4. THE CONSEQUENCES (vv. 5-11).
      1. Ananias and Sapphira suddenly died. Their death is evidently to be regarded as a judgment of God for their sin. Some commentators state that this is a case of a sin that leads to death mentioned in I John 5:16-17 ; I Corinthians 11:30; I Corinthians 5:5 - READ
      2. Great fear came upon the church and all those who heard about the incident.
          1. God’s people should fear God. [I Peter 4:17]- “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? God will discipline his people [Heb. 12:5-11]
          2. The unsaved should fear God. Barnes Notes on the New Testament states- “Sinners should fear and tremble before God. He holds their breath in his hands, he can cut them down in an instant. The bold blasphemer, the unjust, the liar, the scoffer, he can destroy in a moment, and sink them in all the woes of hell. Nor have they security that he will not do it. The profane man has no evidence that he will live to finish the curse which he has begun; nor the drunkard, that he will again become sober; nor the seducer, that God will not arrest him in his act of wickedness, and send him down to hell! The sinner walks over his grave, and over hell! In an instant he may die, and be summoned to the judgment-seat of God! How awful it is to sin in a world like this; and how fearful the doom which must soon overtake the ungodly.”