As we look toward Sundays, many times we don't think of the need to prepare our hearts for worship. Sunday mornings can be hectic, even frantic, as we try to get out of our doors and to church. For others of us it just has become routine, and we aren't coming to church prepared and expecting to hear from God through His Word.
Preparing for worship can be directly proportional to how much we benefit from our time together each week as we gather to sing, pray, and preach the gospel.
To help in our preparation for worship, each week we will be posting the sermon text that will be preached on that coming Sunday. Read and think on it over the next couple of days before worship on Sunday. Pray and ask God to help you see truth from His Word that leads to change in our lives. Come prepared to see God revealed in His Word and respond in worship of our Savior.
Acts 5: 1-11
1 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, 2 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. 3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? 4 While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God." 5 When Ananias herd these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard it. 6 The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him. 7 After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 And Peter said to her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for so much." And she said, "Yes, for so much." 9 But Peter said to her, "How is that you have agreed tougher to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out." 10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.