Acts 8:1b-24, Faulty Faith

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Exposition of Acts: Faulty Faith

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. BOLD WITNESS FOR GOD
A. GOSPEL & OPPOSITION

>>1. PERSECUTION
Acts 8:1b-2 And there started on that day [of Stephen’s martyrdom] a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. (Jn 15:20 Acts 1:8; 11:19-20)
>>2. PREACHING
Acts 8:3-4 But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women to prison. Now those who were scattered went about sharing the word. (Phil 3:5-6)

B. GOSPEL & TRANSFORMATION
>>1. PROCLAMATION
Acts 8:5 Philip went down to the city of Samaria, proclaiming to them the Messiah. (Lk 9:51-56; Jn 4; Lk 10:25-37)
>>2. PHENOMENON
Acts 8:6-8 And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him and saw the signs that he did. For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed, or lame were healed. So, there was much joy in that city.

II. BLESSED WORK OF GOD
A. GOSPEL & PRESENTATION

>>1. PROMOTION
Acts 8:9-11 But there was a man named Simon, who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, proclaim himself as someone great. Everyone paid attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is ‘The Great Power of God’” [supreme deity]. And they paid attention to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic. (Mt 2:1)
>>2. PARDON
Acts 8:12-13 But when Philip preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they believed and were baptized, both men and women. Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip, amazed at the signs and great miracles performed.

B. GOSPEL & INITIATION
>>1. PLEASED
Acts 8:14-17 Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the holy Spirit, for He had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus only. (Mt 16:19)
>>2. PRAYER
Acts 8:17 They began laying hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.

III. BLATANT WICKEDNESS TOWARD GOD
A. GOSPEL & CONFRONTATION

>>1. POWER
Acts 8:18-19 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the holy Spirit.”
>>2. PERISH
Acts 8:20-23 But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! You have neither part nor parcel in this matter, for your heart is not right before God.
Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bondage of iniquity.”
(Is 55:1)

B. GOSPEL & CONVERSION
>>1. PROTECTION
Acts 8:24 And Simon answered, “Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”
>>2. PROSPER
Acts 8:25 Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.


Acts 7:51-8:1a, Fate of a Martyr

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Exposition of Acts: Fate of a Martyr

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. CONTRAST
A. EXHORTATION

Acts 7:51b-53 “You . . . always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, Whom now YOU have betrayed and murdered, you who received the law as delivered by angels but did not keep it.”
>>1. REJECTION OF SPIRIT OF GOD (Jn 3:36)
>>2. REJECTION OF PROPHETS (Mt 23:28-31)
>>3. REJECTION OF MESSIAH (Mt 9:17)
>>4. REJECTION OF THE LAW (Phil 3:6)

B. EXCORIATION
Acts 7:54 As they listened to this, they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him.
>>1. REACTION IN MIND
>>2. REACTION IN DEFIANCE (Mt 8:12; Acts 4:8; 5:27)

II. CONCENTRATION
A. EXALTATION

Acts 7:55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
>>1. REVELATION OF GLORY
>>2. REVELATION OF JESUS (Mt 26:64; Col 3:1; Mt 10:32)

B. EXCLAMATION
Acts 7:56 And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
>>1. RESPONSE OF FAITH (Mt 26:65-66)
>>2. RESPONSE OF PROMISE

III. CONDEMNATION
A. EXECUTION

Acts 7:57-58; 8:1 But they cried out with a loud voice and covered their ears and rushed together at him. Then they drove him out of the city and began stoning him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of Saul, a man in the prime of life; Saul gave approval for his execution.
>>1. RETALIATION OF THE MOB (Jn 16:2-3; Mk 5:13)
>>2. RETALIATION OF THE NEW LEADER (Acts 26:10)

B. EXPECTATION
Acts 7:59-60 And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
>>1. REPLY OF CONFIDENCE
>>2. REPLY OF FORGIVENESS (Lk 23:34; II Chron 14:11)

WE REST ON THEE
“We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender!
We go not forth alone against the foe;
Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender,
We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.
Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender,
We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.

Yes, in Thy Name, O Captain of salvation!
In Thy dear Name, all other names above;
Jesus our Righteousness, our sure Foundation,
Our Prince of glory and our King of love.
Jesus our Righteousness, our sure Foundation,
Our Prince of glory and our King of love.

We go in faith, our own great weakness feeling,
And needing more each day Thy grace to know:
Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing,
We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.
Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing,
We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.

We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender,
Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise;
When passing through the gates of pearly splendor,
Victors, we rest with Thee, through endless days.
When passing through the gates of pearly splendor,
Victors, we rest with Thee, through endless days.”

Elizabeth Elliot titled her story of Jim Elliot, “Through Gates of Splendor”


Bro. Alex Sain, Special Speaker July 14

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Special Speaker

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A Sermon by Brother Alex Sain of Kaycee, Wyoming

Continuing his exposition of Daniel. Today is Daniel 2:19-28


Elder Jim Garbutt, Special Speaker July 7

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Special Speaker

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A Sermon by Elder Jim Garbutt

Continuation of Exposition of James. Today is James 1:9


Acts 7:1-50, Familiar Theme

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Exposition of Acts: Familiar Theme

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

Luke takes the stories of FOUR MEN to personalize and lay a strong foundation for Gentile missions that starts in Acts 13 . . .
Martyrdom of Hellenist Stephen (Acts 6-7)
Missionary zeal of Hellenist Philip (Acts 8)
Conversion of Paul a Leading Pharisee from Asia (Acts 9)
Conversion of Roman Centurion Cornelius (Acts 10-11)

I. REJECTION OF GOD’S COVENANT
A. GOD’S PROMISE

>>1. WILLINGNESS
Acts 7:1 And the high priest said, “Are these things so?”
>>2. WARNING
Acts 7:2-7 And Stephen said: “Brothers and fathers, hear me. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, and said to him, ‘Go out from your land and from your kindred and go into the land that I will show you.’
Then he went out from the land of the Chaldeans and lived in Haran. And after his father died, God moved him from there to this land in which you are now living. Yet He gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot’s length, but promised to give it to him as a possession and to his offspring after him, though he had no child.
And God spoke to this effect—that his offspring would be sojourners in a land belonging to others, who would enslave them and afflict them four hundred years. ‘But I will judge the nation that they serve,’ said God, ‘and after that they shall come out and worship me in this place.’

B. GOD’S PLAN
>>1. WITNESS
Acts 7:8 And He gave him the covenant of circumcision. And so, Abraham became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day, and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.
>>2. WORTHY (also Gen 46:27 v Acts 7:14)
Acts 7:9-16 “And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him and rescued him out of all his afflictions and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him ruler over Egypt and over all his household.
Now there came a famine throughout all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction, and our fathers could find no food. But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, He sent out our fathers on their first visit. And on the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family became known to Pharaoh.
And Joseph sent and summoned Jacob his father and all his kindred, seventy-five persons in all. And Jacob went down into Egypt, and he died, he and our fathers, and they [the fathers, not Jacob] were carried back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a sum of silver from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.

II. REJECTION OF GOD’S DELIVERANCE
A. GOD’S GUIDANCE

>>1. WELL-PLANNED
Acts 7:17-22 “But as the time of the promised [exodus] that God had given Abraham neared, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt until there arose over Egypt another king who did not know Joseph. He dealt craftily with our race and forced our fathers to expose their infants, so that they could not remain alive.
At this time Moses was born; and he was favored in God’s sight. And he was brought up for three months in his father’s house, and when he was exposed, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son. And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds.”

>>2. WRONGED
Acts 7:23-29 “When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the children of Israel. And seeing one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down the Egyptian. He supposed that his brothers would understand that God was giving them salvation by his hand, but they did not understand.
And on the following day he appeared to them as they were quarreling and tried to reconcile them, saying, ‘Men, you are brothers. Why do you wrong each other?’ But the man who was wronging his neighbor thrust him aside, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’
At this retort Moses fled and became an exile in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons.”

B. GOD’S PROVISION
>>1. WORSHIP
Acts 7:30-34 “Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight, and as he drew near to look, there came the voice of the Lord: ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob.’ And Moses trembled and did not dare to look.
Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt.’”

>>2. WRITTEN
Acts 7:35-41 “THIS Moses, whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’
THIS man God sent as both ruler and redeemer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush.
THIS man led them out, performing wonders and signs in Egypt and at the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years.
THIS is Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brothers.’
THIS is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. He received living oracles to give to us.
Our fathers refused to obey him but thrust him aside. In their hearts they turned to Egypt, saying to Aaron, ‘Make for us gods who will go before us. As for THIS Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we don’t know what’s become of him.’ And they made a calf in those days and offered a sacrifice to the idol and were rejoicing in the works of their hands.”

III. REJECTION OF GOD’S WORSHIP
A. GOD’S DENUNCIATION

>>1. WEIGHED (also Amos 5:27; Rom 1:24-32)
Acts 7:42-43 But God turned away and gave them over to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets: “‘Did you bring to Me slain beasts and sacrifices, during the forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? You took up the tent of Moloch and the star of your god Rephan, the images that you made to worship; and I will send you into exile beyond Babylon.’
>>2. WISH
Acts 7:44-47 “Our fathers had the Tent of Witness in the wilderness, just as He who spoke to Moses directed him to make it, according to the pattern that he had seen. Our fathers in turn brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out before our fathers. This continue until the days of David, who found favor in the sight of God and asked to find a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. But it was Solomon who built a house for Him.”

B. GOD’S CONDEMNATION
>>1. WEAKNESS
Acts 7:48-50 Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands, as the prophet says, “‘Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool. What kind of house will you build for Me, says the Lord, or what is the place of My rest? Did not My hand make all these things?’
>>2. WILFULL (also Ex 32:9; Jer 9:26; Deut 10:16; Lk 11:47-51)
Acts 7:51a “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit.”


Acts 6:8-15, Front Line

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Exposition of Acts: Front Line

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. A CHRISTIAN’S VIRTUE
A. RIGHTEOUS CHARACTER

Acts 6:5b Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; 6:8a And Stephen, full of grace and power, (Mk 9:24; Eph 5:18)
>>1. EVIDENCE TOWARD GOD
>>2. EVIDENCE TOWARD MAN

B. RIGHTEOUS DEEDS
Acts 6:8b was doing great wonders and signs among the people. (Col 3:8-10; Eph 4:1-3)
>>1. EMBODIMENT OF FAITH/GRACE/POWER
>>2. EXAMPLE TO THE WORLD

II. A CHRISTIAN’S VALOR
A. UNRIGHTEOUS DEBATE

Acts 6:9 Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the so-called Freedmen, and of the [synagogue] of Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and of the [synagogue] of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen.
>>1. ENEMY’S LAIR
>>2. EVIL OPPOSITION

B. RIGHTEOUS SPEECH
Acts 6:10 But they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he was speaking. (II Cor 10:3-5)
>>1. ENDUED WITH WISDOM
>>2. EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT

III. A CHRISTIAN’S VISAGE
A. UNRIGHTEOUS ATTACKS

Acts 6:11 Then they secretly bribed men who said, “We’ve heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.”
>>1. ENGAGING PERJURY
>>2. EMBROILED

B. UNRIGHTEOUS ALLEGATIONS
Acts 6:12-14 And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and violently seized him and drug him before the council, and they set up false witnesses who said, “This man never stops speaking against this holy place and the Law, for we’ve heard him say that this Nazarene, Jesus, will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses delivered to us.” (Acts 2:47, 5:26; Lk 19:35-40; 23:18-23)
>>1. ENCOUNTER
>>2. ENDEAVOR OF ALL

C. RIGHTEOUS DEMEANOR
Acts 6:15 And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel. (Ex 34:29)
>>1. EVIL EYE IN COURT
>>2. EPITOME OF PERFECT PEACE


Acts 6:1-7, Fundamentals

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Exposition of Acts: Fundamentals

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. CRISIS
A. CAUSE

>>1. COUNTING
Acts 6:1a Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number,
>>2. COMPLAINT
Acts 6:1b a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.

B. COROLLARY
>>1. CHURCH BUSINESS
Acts 6:2a And the twelve gathered the full number of the disciples and said,
>>2. CRIPPLE THE MINISTRY
Acts 6:2b “It is not desirable that we should give up preaching the Word of God to serve tables. (Exodus 18:17)

II. CONDITIONS
A. CHOICE

>>1. CONGREGATION
Acts 6:3a Therefore, brothers, select from among yourselves seven men
>>2. CHARACTER
Acts 6:3b of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint over this duty. (I Chron 12:32)

B. CANDIDATES
>>1. CONSENSUS
Acts 6:5a And what they said pleased the whole gathering,
>>2. CONFIRMATION
Acts 6:5b and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch.
>>3. COMMISSIONING
Acts 6:6 These they set before the apostles, who then prayed and laid hands on them. (I Tim 3:13)

III. CONCLUSION
A. CONCERN

>>1. CONCENTRATION
Acts 6:4a But we will devote ourselves to prayer
>>2. CONVICTION
Acts 6:4b and to the ministry of the Word.” (Eph 4:12; Neh 8:8)

B. CONTINUATION
>>1. CUMULATION
Acts 6:7a And the Word of God continued to spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem,
>>2. CONVERSION
Acts 6:7b and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.

~~Added notes~~
Fundamental dichotomy in the Jerusalem church:
Hellenists were Christian Jews that embraced Greek culture
a) From the Diaspora (from all over the Roman Empire).
b) Regarded Hebrews as holier-than-thou traditionalists
c) Not mired in ancient “rules”, but “liberated” (liberals)
d) Used the LXX as Scripture (modern version)
e) Spoke Greek in daily life
Hebrews were Christian Jews that embraced Jewish culture
a) From Judea/Palestine
b) They regarded Hellenists as unspiritual compromisers with little standards/values or follow the Bible
c) They were “fundamentalists” and proud of heritage
d) Used the Hebrew texts as Scripture (KJVonly)
e) Spoke Aramaic in daily life

How would the Church do business?
Option #1 = “COMMUNE”
Option #2 = “COPORATION”
Option #3 = “ORGANISM”


First Sunday: Alex Sain, Guest Speaker

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First Sunday Guest Speaker Alex Sain

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A Sermon by Alex Sain, Kaycee, Wyoming
To relieve the pressure on Dr Bob as he slowly recovers from his stroke, SGC has asked men in our congregation, missionaries and other pastors to fill in as “First Sunday Guest Speaker” each month.

Daniel 2:1-20


Acts 5:17-42, Flourishing

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Exposition of Acts: Flourishing Church

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. POWER
A. FILLED WITH JEALOUSY

Acts 5:17-18 But the high priest responded, along with all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy they arrested all the apostles and put them in the public prison. (II Tim 3:12)
1. ATTITUDE
2. ARREST

B. FREED BY AN ANGEL
Acts 5:19-21 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.” And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach. (Heb 1:4; 13:2; Lk 24:4-5)
1. ANGEL
2. AUTHORITY

II. PERPLEXING
A. FOUND NO ONE

Acts 5:21-23 Now when the high priest arrived along with those who were with him, they convened the Council of the entire Sanhedrin of the people of Israel and sent to the prison to have them brought. But when the officers came, they did not find them in the prison, so they returned and reported, “We found the prison securely locked and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside.”
1. ARRAIGNMENT
2. ADMISSION

B. FRANTIC SEARCH
Acts 5:24-26 Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them, wondering what this would come to. And someone came and reported, “Look! The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.”
Then the captain with the officers went and brought them, but not by force, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people.

1. ALARMED
2. ASTONISHED

III. PUZZLE
A. FLOUTED RULES

Acts 5:27-28 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them: “We strictly charged you not to teach in this Name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” (Acts 2:23; 4:17-20)
1. AFFRIGHT
2. ACCUSATION

B. FOLLOWED GOD
Acts 5:29-32 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, Whom you killed by hanging Him on a tree. God exalted Him at His right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
1. AFFIRMED
2. ASSERTED

IV. POLEMICS
A. FIGURED IT OUT

Acts 5:33-39a When they heard this, they were cut deeply and plotted to kill them. But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, rose and ordered to put the men outside for a little while.
And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men. For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered.
So, in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!”
(Mt 23:33-35)
1. ACTION
2. ADVICE

B. FOCUSED ON JESUS
Acts 5:39b-42 They took his advice and had the apostles called in, they flogged them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus. then released them. They left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the Name. And daily in the temple and from house to house, they did not stop teaching and preaching that the Messiah is Jesus.
1. AFFLICTED
2. ACCOMPLISHMENT?


Acts 4:35-5:16, Fraudulent v Trustworthy

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Exposition of Acts: Fraudulent Brethren

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. NOTEWORTHY EXAMPLE
A. ILLUSTRATION OF THE CHURCH

>>1. MOVING SACRIFICE
Acts 4:32 Now the total number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.
>>2. MEASURED GIVING
Acts 4:34-35 There wasn’t a needy person among them, for those who owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, who distributed to each as any had need. (Acts 6:1)

B. ILLUSTRATION OF BARNABAS
>>1. MAN OF GOD
Acts 4:36 Thus Joseph, who was also called ‘Barnabas’ by the apostles (which means “son of encouragement”), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, (Acts 11:24)
>>2. MANNER OF LIFE
Acts 4:37 sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

II. NEGATIVE EXPERIENCES
A. ILLUSTRATION OF ANANIAS

>>1. MISAPPROPRIATED FUNDS
Acts 5:1-2 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet. (Josh 7:21; Titus 2:10)
>>2. MOMENT OF TRUTH
Acts 5:3-4 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.”
>>3. MAGNITUDE OF JUDGMENT
Acts 5:5-6 When Ananias heard these words, he dropped dead, breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.

B. ILLUSTRATION OF SAPPHIRA
>>1. MARKED DECEIT
Acts 5:7-9 After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.” She answered, “Yes, for so much.”
But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.”

>>2. MEETING THE SAME FATE
Acts 5:10-11 Immediately she dropped dead at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men returned, they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things. (I Jn 5:17; I Cor 11:28-32)

III. NEWFOUND ESTEEM
A. ILLUSTRATON OF FEAR

>>1. MANIFESTED SIGNS
Acts 5:12 Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. They gathered in Solomon’s Portico on Temple Mount, (Acts 4:30)
>>2. MISTRUSTFUL OF IDENTIFYING
Acts 5:13 and while the people held them in high esteem, none dared join them there.

B. ILLUSTRATION OF GRACE
>>1. MIRACLES IN STREETS OF JERUSALEM
Acts 5:14-15 More than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and pallets, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. (Acts 3:12-16; Lk 8:44)
>>2. MESSAGE SPREADING OUTSIDE THE CITY
Acts 5:16 A large crowd also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with demonic spirits, and they were all healed. (Acts 1:8; 8:1; 12:1-2)