Digging Deeper: Personal Study For Acts

Acts 4: 32-5:11
Questions for October 21

1. Read Acts 4:32-35. Here we see the first century church selling material goods in order to meet the needs of others. Is this a doctrine (rule for believers should follow) established by the first century church, a display of love and community, a Biblical principle that should be instituted, or a combination of any/all? What scriptural evidence leads you to that conclusion? How do the events we read about here we translate to 21st century church?

2. How is giving up material possessions – money or goods – for the use of the Kingdom a tangible display of committed discipleship? How do 1 John 3:17 and Matthew 25: 34-40 help inform our understanding of this principle?

3. In Acts 5: 1-2 and 7-8, scripture bears out that Ananias and Sapphira certainly lie to Peter. Just as certain is that lying is a sin. However, their lies were not the source of the sin, but a symptom of it. What sinful attitude or perspective is the motivator for the lie Ananias and Sapphira tell Peter? What other sinful attitudes or perspectives lead to lies?

4. Is spiritual hypocrisy present in the 21st century church? How does spiritual hypocrisy manifest itself behaviorally today? In what attitudes does spiritual hypocrisy manifest itself? How do we root out spiritual hypocrisy from ourselves? From the church?

5. Ananias and Sapphira told a lie that they didn’t have to tell in order to appear more spiritual to others. How does the desire for others to view us as spiritual or even a “good Christian” focus the attention on us rather than on Jesus?






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