OVERVIEW: The power of God and the commitment of his people are on display. First, the Holy Spirit severely disciplines Ananias and Sapphira for lying to him. Then, the religious imprison and later publicly challenge the Apostles for choosing to obey God rather than their teachings. Still, the Apostles continued to teach that Jesus is the Messiah.
BIG IDEA: Nothing can stop the movement of God.
KEY VERSE: Acts 5:42 (The apostles’ ministry)
And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is the Messiah.”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
As you experience more of me and grow in your faith, you will want to tell others what I am doing in your life. A few will want to know more about me. Others will take offense and be hostile toward you. Many will listen politely, then go on with their lives, missing the miracle you are experiencing. Continue to teach all who want to learn. Share your story with anyone who wants to hear. Remember, part of sharing your story means listening to where others have been and what they are going through.
Have a strategy to proclaim my love for the world and execute that plan with affection, care, and joy. Meet regularly with other believers to grow, to support one another, to inspire one another, to celebrate together, and to encourage one another. I have given you the authority to speak boldly in my name. Do not fear humankind or any threat that comes from it. Live for me, even though you may be resented, hated, or mocked. I will provide all you need as you share my plan and love for the world. Everywhere you go, speak the truth in love. Be prepared for confrontation, but expect a miracle.
Be intentional this week about finding other believers outside your church circles. Is there another Christ-follower in your work environment, school, or hang-out spots? Take time to get to know one another and become united in your desire to follow Jesus and share his love with others.