Shadows, Signs & Wonders

Acts 5:11-16 ~ Shadows, Signs & Wonders

This week, we finished up the study of Ananias and Sapphira by comparing and contrasting their experience in Acts 5 to the story of Achan in Joshua 7. It seems as though each of these events took place at the beginning of the founding of a faith community. If the stories are indeed parallel, then, had Ananias and Sapphira not been held accountable for their intentional and egregious deception, the early church could not have been blessed or established. 

We also looked at how the apostles and followers of Jesus handled themselves after the untimely and unexpected demise of the aforementioned couple. The apostles, emboldened by and filled with the Holy Spirit, continued to worship and teach daily in the Temple courts—specifically in Solomon’s Portico. Through their hands, people were healed of sickness and disease, and unclean spirits were cast out.

The ekklesia (the gathering) continued to grow, because it was obvious that the ministry of Jesus was continuing through the ministry of His followers. God’s hand was with them. 

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Acts 5:11-16 ~ Shadows, Signs & Wonders

The sin of Achan vs. the sin of Ananias & Sapphira; Continued growth of the early church

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About the author: Laura Zielke

Laura Zielke (ZELL-key) is a deep thinker and Bible scholar. She is not afraid to question tradition and challenges people to evaluate their beliefs according to the Scriptures. Laura earned her M-Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, Archaeology, and Languages. She has been blessed to serve as a lay leader in local churches for more than thirty years. Having been recognized as an outstanding leader, teacher, and entrepreneur, Laura serves as the Community Manager for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab (an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders worldwide accomplish their mission), and she is on the board of directors at Shield Your Faith (an apologetics ministry). She and her husband of 21 years have one son who is in the 10th grade and homeschooled. Laura is an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator, and enjoys helping people discover more about themselves, the Lord, and their purpose in life. Connect with her on social media: @thezwomann (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest).

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