In contrast to the generous and genuine behavior of the new church in Jerusalem, exemplified by Barnabas, we now see the example of Ananias and Sapphira, who attempted to deceive the Lord by their sale of land and donation of a portion of the price, claiming it was the whole. We examine:

  • The sin of Ananias and Sapphira.
  • The charge made against them.
  • Their death and its purpose.

We are challenged by this account to examine our lives for sins of pride, covetousness and hypocrisy. Unbelievers are particularly called to turn from their sins, understanding that God’s judgment for sin can come very suddenly, as it did with this couple.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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