When the 'religious establishments' core beliefs about death are challenged, they attack the church and Believers. Stephen was stoned for his sermon on the unbelief of Israel and his sermon launched the persecution of the emerging church by Saul.
Last week we looked at how the Spirit was establishing the church and how He draws people together. He was doing something miraculous in Acts 4 where people were holding everything in common. Satan decided to use Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5) to corrupt the integrity of the event. HOLD ON TO YOUR SEATS FOR THIS ONE!