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AUTHENTICITY
May 23, 2021
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Acts 4:32-37

AUTHENTICITY

May 23, 2021 / Acts 4:32-37

AUTHENTICITY

Series: “Stirred” part 5

Sunday, May 23, 2021

1. When you encounter the risen Christ, you will be stirred to be an AUTHENTIC follower of Christ.

     Authentic = GENUINE; REAL …. representing one’s TRUE nature or beliefs;

Acts 4: 32-37 (CSB)—Now the entire group of those who believed were of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but instead they held everything in common. 33 With great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on all of them. 34 For there was not a needy person among them because all those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the proceeds of what was sold, 35 and laid them at the apostles’ feet. This was then distributed to each person as any had need.

36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus by birth, the one the apostles called Barnabas (which is translated Son of Encouragement), 37 sold a field he owned, brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

Chapter 5: 1-4But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property. 2 However, he kept back part of the proceeds with his wife’s knowledge, and brought a portion of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet.           3 “Ananias,” Peter asked, “why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the proceeds of the land? 4 Wasn’t it yours while you possessed it? And after it was sold, wasn’t it at your disposal? Why is it that you planned this thing in your heart? You have not lied to people but to God.”

 

2. The INTENTION of the HEART reveals the difference between authenticity and HYPOCRISY.

      What is a Hypocrite? a PLAY ACTOR   (See Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43)

Vs. 11Then great fear came on the whole church and on all who heard these things.

 

BIG TAKE AWAY

Living an authentic life for Christ means I have to be honest with what is going on INSIDE OF ME and keep my intentions PURE.

Psalm 51:6Surely you desire integrity in the inner self, and you teach me wisdom deep within

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Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In Your Name.  Amen

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