Phil Helfer - February 3, 2019
Let's be Honest - Acts 5
As this new community of believers continues to grow, they commit all that they own to each other, bringing their possessions and money to the apostles to be shared with those in need.
When Ananias and Sapphira withhold some of their contribution, Peter calls them out for lying about it. They both fall down and die instantly. As the apostles continue their journey, many are healed by their presence. Religious leaders step in again, arresting them. An angel of the Lord releases them from prison, and the apostles again preach in front of the people. The leaders conclude it is best to punish them briefly and then let them be, for the apostles are either truly with God, or their message will dwindle away.
Ananias and Sapphira chose to rely on themselves instead of God. The punishment for this, as it always is for any sin, is death. We are all subject to the same fate. Jesus mercifully and graciously spares us from this fate when we commit ourselves to Him. As Peter and the apostles pass through town, the mere touch of their shadows has healing powers. That’s how much power faith in God carries.
Acts 5:41-42 “So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.”
Living your life for God will bring blessings upon you and those around you. Rejoice for suffering in His name, knowing He did the same in suffering for us.
Scripture References: Acts 5:1-42
From Series: "Ears To Hear"
|Pursue the Giver of Gifts||Carl Gaede||July 15, 2018||Listen|
|Deny Yourself||Phil Helfer||July 8, 2018||Listen|
|Up, In & Out - Napkin Theology||Bob Mabry & Jacob Baumer||June 24, 2018||Listen|
|Choosing to Learn from Life||Bob Mabry||June 17, 2018||Listen|
|First Generation Disciples of Jesus||Phil Helfer||June 10, 2018||Listen|
|Walking With Jesus: The DNA of a Disciple||Phil Helfer||June 3, 2018||Listen|
|School Choir Singing: Fill Me Up, Redeemed & Wounded Soldier||Los Altos Grace Schools Choir||June 3, 2018||Listen|
|Devoted to Good and Titus 3||Phil Helfer||May 27, 2018||Listen|
|Apache Outreach and In The Gap Ministries||Robert Crews||May 20, 2018||Listen|
|Mother's Day and More from Titus 2||Phil Helfer||May 13, 2018||Listen|
|Summer Servants Sharing about their Mission Trips||Various||May 6, 2018||Listen|
|Introduction to Titus||Phil Helfer||May 6, 2018||Listen|
|Remember Me God | Nehemiah 13||Phil Helfer||April 29, 2018||Listen|
|Update from Water For Good||Jim Hocking||April 29, 2018||Listen|
|He Is Lord - Special Music||LAGBC Choir- Dir. C Hutton||April 29, 2018||Listen|
|Rejoicing | Nehemiah 11-12||Phil Helfer||April 22, 2018||Listen|
|The Process of Restoration | Nehemiah 9-10||Phil Helfer||April 15, 2018||Listen|
|God's Word and Worship | Nehemiah 7 & 8||Phil Helfer||April 8, 2018||Listen|
|Nailed to the Cross & Proof of Forgiveness||Phil Helfer||April 1, 2018||Listen|
|Proclaim Him Lord! Palm Sunday Celebration||LAGBC Choir- Dir. C Hutton||March 25, 2018||Listen|
|Strength for the Test | Nehemiah 6||Bob Mabry||March 18, 2018||Listen|
|Fight with Faith & Perseverance | Nehemiah 4||Phil Helfer||March 4, 2018||Listen|
|Stirring of Your Heart | Nehemiah 2-3||Phil Helfer||February 25, 2018||Listen|
|Prayer and Action | Nehemiah 1-2||Lee Wadsworth||February 18, 2018||Listen|
|The Life of John & the Love of Jesus||Neil Cole||February 11, 2018||Listen|
|Sin Brings Destruction, but Grace Brings Life | Ezra 9-10||Phil Helfer||February 4, 2018||Listen|
|Update on the TLC Ministry||Pat & Vi Griffith||January 28, 2018||Listen|
|The Gracious Hand of God | Ezra 7-8||Phil Helfer||January 28, 2018||Listen|
|Foundation of the Altar||Phil Helfer||January 21, 2018||Listen|
|Remembering Mike McGinnis by Pastors Bill Salas & Phil Helfer||Mike McGinnis||January 21, 2018||Listen|