Summary: God keeps the momentum going.

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Acts 5:33-42

S: Evangelism

C: Gamaliel’s counsel under God’s control


?: How?

KW: Movements

TS: We will find in the narrative found in Acts 5:33-42 three movements that describe the response to the truth being lived out in the church.

Type: Narrative

The ____ movement is…




PA: How is the change to be observed?

We are to speak the truth

We have confidence that God keeps the Word going forth

Version: ESV

RMBC 31 July 05 AM


ILL Pain: you’re a little pane

It was a pastor’s first Sunday and he was presenting the children’s message. The sanctuary in the new church had some magnificent stained glass windows, so his message centered on how each person is called of God to help make up the whole picture of life (the life of the community of the faithful). Like the pictures in the windows, it takes many little panels of glass to make the whole picture.

And then he said, "You see each one of you is a little pane." And then pointing to each child, "You’re a little pane. And you’re a little pane. And you’re a little pane. And..."

It took a few moments before he realized why everyone was laughing so hard.

Perhaps he was speaking a truth that he did not intend to say (at least not on his first Sunday).

Sometimes the truth slips out.

Other times, it is hard to say.

Have you ever had a hard time communicating the truth?

Perhaps you are afraid of how it would be taken.

Perhaps you are afraid that when you say what is true you will be rejected.

Perhaps you are afraid that someone will not be your friend anymore.


When we come to the book of Acts, it seems the apostles did not have this problem.

1. The apostles were conveying the truth clearly.

And it was having a result.

They were speaking the truth about Jesus, and people were becoming Christians.

In fact, the church was growing like crazy.

Thousands upon thousands were being added during those first few months.

It was happening because they were speaking the message about Jesus where the people were.

The church was not perfect, though.

As we studied earlier this month, we discovered that hypocrisy raised its ugly head when…

2. Ananias and Sapphira faked the truth.

During those early days, the church had a new Spirit-given dynamic.

Those that had needs were met by those who had more means.

People were being generous because no one wanted to see a brother or sister in need.

So Ananias and Sapphira did what many other believers were doing.

They sold a piece of property with the intention of helping those that had less.

But when they sold the property, they pretended to bring the whole price to the apostles.

Instead, they kept a portion for themselves, even though they said they were giving everything.

They wanted to appear generous without being generous.

Peter told them that they could not fool the Holy Spirit like that, and they died on the spot.

You see, God does not want us messing around with the truth.

He wants us speaking it.

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