Acts 5:33-42

(Acts 5:33-42) - They rejoiced... Being obedient to the Lord made the religious leaders hate the Apostles. It goes to show that you can't please everybody... When you and I are seeking to obey the Lord, we won't make everyone happy. We long to be loved, but must understand that there is a spiritual battle …

Acts 5:24-32

(Acts 5:24-32) - We must obey God rather than men. After learning that the Apostles had miraculously escaped from prison, the religious officials were deeply confused. Think about it, if you thought you were doing God a favor by stopping these guys, and then it seemed like God was helping them, wouldn't you be confused …

Acts 5:12-23

(Acts 5:12-23) - Man cannot paralyze by intimidation what God has purposed by sovereignty. The early church was an explosive movement that made an immense, immediate impact. Huge crowds of people were genuinely turning to Christ for salvation. It was a movement marked by divine power. The evidence that God was at work was undeniable. …

Acts 5:1-11

(Acts 5:1-11) - Lying to the Holy Spirit Apparently Ananias and Sapphira had joined in with the rest of the believers and committed to give the proceeds from the sale of their property to the community of Christians. This husband and wife couple also apparently conspired together that they would only give a portion of …

Acts 4:23-37

(Acts 4:23-37) - O Sovereign Lord Prayer in response to a threat. I love this. The need and care is immediately taken to the Lord. Here's some things that stick to me about this prayer. Recognizing God as Creator emphasizes their belief that no one is bigger than God. Everyone and everything is subject and …

Acts 4:1-22

(Acts 4:1-22) - "For we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard." This is one of my favorite passages in the NT. It represents what the filling of the Spirit looks like in the life of a believer. They faithfully preached the gospel and saw fruit from the Lord in the form …

Acts 3

(Acts 3) - Giving meaning to the miracle. Immediately following the miraculous healing of a man who was lame, a large crowd gathers around Peter and John in amazement. Peter had gotten many things wrong before, but what he does next was very right of him to do. He gives meaning to the miracle. I …