Blessed Subtraction – Acts 5:1-16

Blessed Subtraction – Acts 5:1-16

Thursday Service – 10/26/2017

Pastor Bryan Parish

“Blessed Subtraction”



  1. The Main Event 5.1-10
    1. The Hidden Motive (4.36-37)
    2. The Hidden Hypocrisy (5.1-2)
    3. The Hidden Source (5.3)
    4. The Hidden Long-Term Danger (5.4)
    5. The Hidden Reason (5.5)
    6. The Hidden Conspirator (5.6-10)
  2. The Main Results 5.11-16
    1. Healthy Fear (5.11)
    2. Greater Power (5.12a)
    3. Productive Fellowship (5.12b)
    4. Deep Respect (5.13)
    5. Numerical Growth (5.14)
    6. Effective Outreach (5.15-16)


Acts 5:1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. 2 And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? 4 While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”


Acts 5:5   Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things. 6 And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him.


Acts 5:7   Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 And Peter answered her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?”


She said, “Yes, for so much.”


Acts 5:9   Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10 Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband. 11 So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.


Acts 5:12   And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch. 13 Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. 14 And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, 15 so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. 16 Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.


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