summary of message
This week, we studied Acts 5. This whole chapter is centered around what we are committed to and the attitude of our hearts. Through this chapter Luke is teaching Theophilus what it takes to be a committed follower of Christ. We see Ananias and Sapphira sell their land and give some of the money to the Church, but they are giving because they want to be seen as committed believers when they are really committed to themselves and gaining praise from the world. God shows us that he does not want offerings that come from the wrong heart, and Ananias and Sapphira pay the penalty of death for their sins. We also see how the priests are committed to making their own status greater and stopping Jesus’ followers. Their attempts at stopping the Gospel are futile because God continuously delivers His people out of persecution and commands them to continue preaching about who Jesus is. We also look at Gamaliel and see that his commitment is right in the middle. He refuses to accept or deny God, but in the end there is no heart change in his life and he remains separated from God. Finally, we see the commitment of the apostles to the Lord. We see them living a life that is constantly seeking God and seeking to do His will. Their hearts and desires are aligned with God’s heart and making His name known. This chapter was asking Theophilus, and is asking all of us to answer the question of what are you committed to and what is the status of your heart?