A Thriving Church (E, T)
God willing, Sunday morning I will be preaching through Acts 4:23-32; 5:1-16. Thus, I am reading alot about the Ananias and Sapphira story. Consider these words from John Polhill in his Acts-New American Commentary, as he comments on this account:
“The church can only thrive as the people of God if it lives within the total trust of all its members. Where there is that unity of trust, that oneness of heart and mind, the church flourishes in the power of the Spirit. Where there is duplicity and distrust, its witness fails. . . Disunity, duplicity, and hypocrisy always ‘belie’ the Spirit and hinder its work. If the church is to have genuine spiritual power in its life and witness, it must be an environment of the Spirit, devoted to maintaining its sanctity and purity” (pages 160, 162).
God, help us please.