“When Jesus was preparing to return to his father, he commissioned his friends to go—to astronomically expand the impact of their lives. He called them to action in Acts 1:8; to a mission that spanned the globe. “You shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” Our mission is the same today, though our individual areas of impact...
Speaker: Max Lucado
Scripture: Acts 1 - 12
Topic: Small Groups
The story of Ananias and Sapphira teaches the gravity of allowing Satan to gain a foothold in God's church through lying and deception. The passage connects pretense, divided self, lack of integrity and satanic power. If God did not intervene and confront the lies, greed and deceit, it would be the death of the church from the start. We lose our integrity slowly, over small...
Speaker: Peter Scazzero
Scripture: Acts 5:1-11
Topic: Consequences of Sin
The New Testament church described in the book of Acts provides a model for future generations. Although conflicts and problems emerge that every Christian church encounters, the Holy Spirit's presence in these fledgling believers produces a vital testimony to the world.
Scripture: Acts 1 - 20
Modalism says God simply wears different hats, which would nullify Jesus’ death on the cross as a payment to God to forgive our sins. Subordinationism or the “pecking order” God is a heresy that states each person of the Trinity is subordinate to the other: God the Father is greater than God the Son, God the Son is greater than God the Holy Spirit. If Jesus was lesser than...
Speaker: Ed Young Jr.
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:2, John 8:58, John 14:6, John 14:20, Acts 5:3-4
Topic: Christ as Savior
Peter teaches three reasons why we suffer. It can be because of our own mistakes or it can be undeserved. Suffering can also be mysterious, we don't know why. Regardless, suffering can produce growth, sweeten or sour us, perfect our kingdom vision and deepen our trust in Christ.
Speaker: Jack Schull
Scripture: 1 Peter 4:12-13, Acts 5:41-42, John 16:33, James 1:2, 1 Peter 3:6-7
Topic: Process of Spiritual Growth
God's Word tells us when we are sick to give thanks in all things, look for God's refining work in our lives, seek to have His heart and pray in faith for healing. God's physical miracles are shadows of His spiritual work for our eternal lives.
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: Acts 5:12-16, John 14:12-14, Ephesians 1:15-19, Ephesians 3:14-19, Philippians 1:9-11
Ananias and Sapphira, whose names mean "grace" and "beauty" were not who they seemed to be. Hypocrise begins with false pretense and brings turmoil and chaos. Hypocrisy purged produces power and purity.
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: Acts 5:1-11, 1 John 5:16-17
God is serious about our commitment to Him. Our prayers must be carefully crafted and come from an obedient heart and an expectant faith. Chan summarizes examples from Scripture where God shows His holiness by punishing sin. The flood and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah indicate His holy wrath. The judgment of Joshua upon the family of Achan shows God's use of His people...
Speaker: Francis Chan
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 5:1, Isaiah 58:4-5, Joshua 7, Acts 5:1-10, 1 Corinthians 5:1-5