Sunday sermon

John Chiarello
4 min readNov 3, 2019


John 20:21
Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

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Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.


This Sunday I spoke on the verses from the Mass and Real Life church
From the Mass we read-
Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
Acts 4:34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
Acts 4:35 And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
I focused on this section-
neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed WAS HIS OWN; but they had all things common.
The believers gave sacrificially- and yet the things that they owned- still were not considered ‘their stuff’.
Many good Christians give out of the mindset of ‘I am making an investment- and I see it as an investment that will bring a return to me’- Yet even the ‘return’ was not considered their own.

I spoke some on the various ways believers give- but wanted to challenge our present mindset- we really do not ‘own’ anything.

On the video I went further down into chapter 5- and yes- showed how this type of giving was not forced- it was not actually a forced communism- Peter himself will tell the couple ‘While it was yours- you could have done with it what you wanted’-
Acts 5:1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
Acts 5:2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
Acts 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
Acts 5:4 Whiles it remained, was it not THINS OWN? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
Thus showing us it was a voluntary form of ‘commune- ism’ if you will.

I also finished John 20- and spoke on the disciples as being witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus.
I talked about why the physical witnesses of the Resurrection were important- because these who witnessed Christ Bodily after he rose- would now declare the testimony of what they had seen.

And there would be a greater blessing to those who had not seen- yet believed-
John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
I also quoted-

Hebrews 10:25
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Often times this is used as a ‘proof text’- I tried to put it in context- and I’ll add my links and studies on the other chapters below.

I covered more than I wanted [Planned] and went for over 50 minutes.
I also talked about a verse one of the homeless guys brought up-

Zechariah 6:12
And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord:
He came across it while reading the bible the other day- and I told him it was indeed a messianic prophecy of Christ himself.

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Thanks- John

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord;
Blessed are those who have not seen me, but still believe!
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