Waianae Baptist Church & Worship Center
Ananias and Sapphira: You can't fool god
If we think to put a cheat upon God, we shall put a fatal cheat upon our own souls. How sad to see those relations who should quicken one another to that which is good, hardening one another in that which is evil! And this punishment was in reality mercy to vast numbers. It would cause strict self-examination, prayer, and dread of hypocrisy, covetousness, and vain-glory, and it should still do so. It would prevent the increase of false professors. Let us learn hence how hateful falsehood is to the God of truth, and not only shun a direct lie, but all advantages from the use of doubtful expressions, and double meaning in our speech.
Corruption and power in the church
The separation of hypocrites by distinguishing judgments, should make the sincere cleave closer to each other and to the gospel ministry. Whatever tends to the purity and reputation of the church, promotes its enlargement; but that power alone which wrought such miracles by the apostles, can rescue sinners from the power of sin and Satan, and add believers to His worshippers. Christ will work by all his faithful servants; and every one who applies to him shall be healed. The Lord still has all hearts in His hands.
SERVING GOD the right way results in blessing and builds the church
God's work done in God's timing will never lack God's support.
Satan's strategy failed. He tried to divide the church, and it did not work. Satan's second strategy also failed. The apostles were not distracted from the focus of ministry God had for them. Christ will work by all his faithful servants; and every one who applies to him. God did great wonders and signs through the apostles, but also through others--those of of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom.
Every problem is an opportunity to prove God's power. The early church had a problem arise within its ranks but they came together as a spiritual Godly body and solved a problem that could have derailed God's work in the early church. The successful spiritual conclusion to an early problem led to an increase in people coming to faith in Jesus Christ including many who were priest in the Jewish faith.
"WHEN GOD’S PEOPLE, DO GOD’S WILL, IN GOD’S WAY, THEN GOD’S WORD WILL BE SPREAD"
Standing up for your faith and god's calling
Stephen was clearly teaching that Jesus was God; that Jesus was greater than the temple; that Jesus was the fulfillment of the law; and that Jesus was greater than the world's religious customs and traditions.
Satan's strategy is to pervert or silence the truth--the Word of God, until Christ returns.
Many Christians have faced death for advocating, renouncing, refusing to renounce, or refusing to advocate a belief or cause as demanded by an external party.
Stephen’s stoning and the difference between the world’s view of success and God’s view of success with Stephen fulfilling his purpose in life by becoming the first martyr of the faith!
Stephen was at perfect peace. His face was not filled with fear or terror, because he knew his life was in God's hands and that Jesus never forsakes His people. "Perfect love drives out fear." 1 John 4:18.