Deeds of the Heart

Acts 5:1-11

Deeds of the Heart

Acts 5:1-11

Sermon Notes

Preacher: Jeremiah Fyffe


1. THE FIRST IMPLICATION OF THE GOSPEL: Generosity

2. v1 - Ananias, with his wife Sapphira

3. v2 - kept back … brought only part

4. v3-4 - did it not remain your own … was it not at your disposal?

5. v4 - you have contrived this deed in your heart

6. PROBLEMS WITH ANANIAS

(along with his wife, Sapphira)

He is a legalist.

He is a hypocrite.

He is a lover of money.

He is a functional atheist.

 7. Jesus and …


I wonder, how many here squirm a bit at this story, not because of the shocking death of Ananias and Sapphira, but because you identify with their pretension?


The legalist always looks at religion as transactional.


Because the legalist believes he can perform his way into the kingdom in his pride he begins to believe he can also pretend his way into the kingdom.


The legalistic hypocrite spends his day testing his heart against his own thoughts about himself and his perception of what others think of him.


Joshua 7:21

when I [Achan] saw among the spoil a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels, then I coveted them and took them. And see, they are hidden in the earth inside my tent, with the silver underneath.

Community Group Questions

QUESTION 1

Read Acts 5:1-6. On Sunday Jeremiah asked, "I wonder, how many here squirm a bit at this story, not because of the shocking death of Ananias and Sapphira, but because you identify with their pretension?" How are you tempted to hold to things you have told others you have let go of? How are you tempted to hide sins that you have let others believe are not a problem for you?

QUESTION 2

The legalist always looks at religion as transactional. Because the legalist believes he can perform his way into the kingdom in his pride he begins to believe he can also pretend his way into the kingdom. For those who attempt legalistic performance hypocrisy is always waiting at the door. How are you tempted toward pretending and performing?

QUESTION 3

At the end of the message Jeremiah mentioned the error of "Jesus and …" thinking. What is something you tend to think you need in addition to Jesus in order to be happy? On the other hand, how have you learned to live generously out of gratitude for knowing Jesus?

PRAYER NOTES