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Title: Getting the Most Out of Acts Chapter Five

Introduction: Acts Chapter Five presents the story of Ananias and Sapphira, the intervention of the apostles, and the continuous spreading of the gospel despite the opposition faced by the apostles. This Bible study will focus on honesty, obedience, and perseverance in adversity. We will explore how the early church handled these challenges and how we can apply these lessons today.

Lesson Outline:

I. Ananias and Sapphira: The Consequences of Dishonesty (Acts 5:1-11) A. The dishonest act B. The consequences C. Lessons on honesty and integrity

II. Miracles and Apostles: Spreading the Gospel (Acts 5:12-16) A. Miracles performed by the apostles B. The growth of the church C. The role of faith in the expansion of the gospel

III. Perseverance in the Face of Adversity (Acts 5:17-42) A. The apostles arrested and freed B. Bold proclamation of the gospel C. Gamaliel's wisdom D. Rejoicing in suffering

Discussion Questions:

  1. In Acts 5:1-11, Ananias and Sapphira lied about the price of the land they sold. What was the root cause of their deception, and how can we guard against this temptation in our own lives?

  2. What are the consequences of dishonesty, both for Ananias and Sapphira and the early church? How do these consequences serve as a warning for us today?

  3. In Acts 5:12-16, the apostles performed many miracles, growing the church. What role do gifts play in the spread of the gospel, and how can we manifest the power of God in our own lives?

  4. Acts 5:17-42 shows the perseverance of the apostles in the face of adversity. What challenges did they face, and how did they respond to them? How can we apply their example when facing opposition to our faith?

  5. What wisdom can we glean from Gamaliel's counsel in Acts 5:34-39? How can this perspective help us navigate difficult situations in our lives and our faith journey?

  6. In Acts 5:41-42, the apostles rejoiced in their suffering in the name of Jesus. How can we develop an attitude of rejoicing in our suffering, and how can this impact our faith and witness?

Closing Prayer: Lord, we thank You for the powerful lessons we can learn from Acts Chapter Five. Follow the example of the early church, teach us to be honest, obedient, and persevere in the face of adversity. Help us to grow in our faith and boldly proclaim Your gospel, rejoicing in any suffering we may face for Your name's sake. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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