Study Guide: Acts of the Apostles

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Lesson 5

Reading: The Acts of the Apostles, pp. 70-86; Acts 4:32-5:42

1. Ellen White predicted: “Before the final visitation of God’s judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times” (The Great Controversy, p. 464). How does The Acts of the Apostles, pp. 70, 71, define “primitive godliness,” and who is its source?
 
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2. Explain what Ananias and Sapphira planned to do (72:1; Acts 5:1, 2).
 
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3. Why did God move so quickly against Ananias and Sapphira (73:4)?
 
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4. What did God intend to teach through the punishment against Ananias and Sapphira (73:4-74:0)?
 
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5. Why were each of the following groups angry with the disciples of Jesus (78:1, 2)?
a. Sadducees
b. Pharisees
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6. Summarize Gamaliel’s speech (Acts 5:33-39).
 
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7. What led Gamaliel to caution the Sanhedrin against taking the lives of the apostles (82:3; Acts 5:38, 39)?
 
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Thought Question: Why does God tolerate the spirit of Ananias and Sapphira in the church today?

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