But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife's knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles' feet. (Acts 5:1-2 ESV)
The things that were happening in the early church were pretty amazing. The Spirit had swept in a literal roar. The gospel had been preached and people were coming to faith in great numbers. People were willingly and sacrificially giving of themselves and their possessions to serve one another. In light of these descriptions, it’s easy to romanticize these early Christians.
Just like today, the early church was not full of perfect people who perfectly lived out their faith. In fact, they were sinners just like us, that needed Jesus just like us. This week we see how true this is. Take some time to read through Acts 4-5. We will be looking at the end of 4 and the beginning of 5 by looking into the introduction of Barnabas and the story of Ananias and Sa