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Father's Day 2021

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Father’s Day 2021

Barnabas and Ananias

Acts 4:32-5:11

Father’s Day is the worst holiday in the world!


a. Tiktok video nails it.
i. Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a secular day of observance in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees.

iii. Trees over dads!
iv. Ghost and goblins number 6
b. My kid’s birthday
i. I have to write it down.
c. I buy two Christmas presents
i. I’m as surprised as the kids are when they open there presents

Wild at Heart

a. In his book John Eldredge says this…
“Deep in his heart, every man longs for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue.”
ii. What do you think guys?
1. Do you want to “fight the fight”?
2. Is there an adventure to be had?
3. A beauty to rescue?
iii. Trees over dads? Really?
b. I want to show you two kinds of men this morning
i. One fights the battle
ii. The other not so much
iii. Guess what ladies you are included also
1. Barnabas and Ananias with his Sapphira

What Barnabas did

i. Background
1. One heart and mind
2. No needy people
3. People were selling off stuff to give to those in need.
4. Then verse 36
Acts 4:36–37 NLT
36 For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus. 37 He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles.
iii. This is not all. Barnabas has multitube mentions in the NT
iv. He introduces Paul to the church, and they plant churches together
v. Here’s one in particular
Acts 11:22–24 NLT
22 When the church at Jerusalem heard what had happened, they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw this evidence of God’s blessing, he was filled with joy, and he encouraged the believers to stay true to the Lord. 24 Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith. And many people were brought to the Lord.

What Ananias did

i. He sells a field also
ii. Conspires with his wife to keep some of the money but to say this was the full amount
iii. They lie
Acts 5:3 NLT
3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself.
Acts 5:5 NLT
5 As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell to the floor and died. Everyone who heard about it was terrified.
vi. Sapphira dies also

Don’t an Ananias, Be a Barnabas

Four Things Wrong with Ananias and Sapphira

They loved their money.
1. They couldn’t bear the thought of giving it all away.
They wanted to look more generous than they really were.
1. They not only loved money, but they also loved the praise of men
They lied
1. To cover their covetousness
They disgraced the Holy Spirit.
1. Verse 3 says they lied to the Holy Spirit.

The Great sin of hypocrisy

How Was Barnabas Different?

He did not love money and things.
1. He delighted in the freedom of faith.
He did not need the praise of men. He had the approval of God.
1. He was real.
He could be trusted.
1. His integrity became legendary
He brought no reproach on the Holy Spirit.
1. He knew that the Spirit was alive and real in the church.
2. He knew that his every thought was open and laid bare before the Spirit of truth.

Just image:

5. A church full of Ananias’
a. This is how churches die
i. Repent
b. A church full Barnabas’


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