STUDIES IN ACTS
6. ANANIAS AND SAPPHIRA - a dishonest couple
1. This story warns us that God hates sin. "It is a dreadful
thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Heb.10:31). Why
doesn't God judge sin in a drastic way in the church today?
2. Paul says the love of money is the root of evil (1
Tim.6:10). Do Ananias and Sapphira illustrate this? See also 1
Tim.3:3,8; 1 Pet.5:2.
3. Does the story relate to the so-called prosperity gospel?
The doctrine of covenant material prosperity was not preached by the
Lord Jesus or taught by the early church (cf. Mt.6:24; 8:20; 1
Tim.6:17). Consider 2 Tim.4:3 here.
4. The earliest church was imperfect. Consider other examples
of unrighteous Christians in the New Testament. Were they disciplined?
Note the problems of divisions, immorality and litigation in the
Corinthian church (1 Cor.1 - 6).
5. What does the story teach about the personality of the Holy
Spirit (Acts 5:9)?
6. What was the effect of the judgment in the church? See Acts
5:11. Is the modern church in danger of losing a reverential respect
1. Consider what the Bible says about dishonesty and
hypocrisy. See: Mt.6:1-5; 23:27,28; 1 Pet.2:1; Prov.12:22). Lying is
2. Do our decisions affect other people?
3. Married couples can be a bane or a blessing to a local
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