God is clear about what He looks for when it comes to our possessions.
The following are some discussion questions for this sermon that can be used as individual or in a small group.
- Think of a time when God did something extreme in your life to get your attention, to teach you something or to lead you in a new direction.
- Read verses 1-2. Why do you think Luke make it a point to include Sapphira on Ananias’ plan to sell property and keep back the money.?
- Read verses 3-4. Who does Peter say inspired Ananias to do this? Why do you think we seldom hear about Satan and his influence in the Church today?
- Who were Ananias and Sapphira deceiving? Do you agree that the essence of their sin was hypocrisy? Why or why not?
- Who does Peter say Ananias lied to in verse 3? Who does Peter say Ananias lied to in verse 4? What do we learn from this? In what way did Ananias lie to the Holy Spirit (God)?
- Read verses 5-11. Do you fell that God’s response to their deceit was overly severe? Why do you think God responded to their sin in this way? What can you learn from this?
- Read Malachi 3:8–9. Why did God accuse His people of robbing Him? Since Christians are lot under the Old Testament Law of the tithe, in what ways might Christians be robbing God?
- Read verse 10. How do you understand (personally) God’s command to bring the whole tithe into the storehouse?
- Read the last part of verse 10 and then verses 11-12. In what ways might we “test” God in the area of our giving? What does God promise?