03 October 2021 (am) – Acts 12
|Andy Bruins preaching from Acts on Sunday 3rd October 2021.
This chapter seems to hold together as a unit. Taken as a whole, these 3 incidents (Herod’s persecution of the church – Peter’s deliverance – Herod’s demise) are a powerful reminder to the Church then and now, that even when the World is against us, God is for us – and He is in charge.
Q Read v1-5. What do you know about King Herod? Why do you think he was so intent on persecuting the church?
Q What is significant about the timing of this incident?
Q Read v6-19. Why would it be misleading to call this a “prison escape”? At what point does Peter become aware of what has happened?
Q Why do you think the disciples find it so hard to believe that Peter is at the door? Why is this strange in light of v5?
Q Read v19b – 24. What happens to Herod and why? What is significant about Luke tagging v24 to the end of this account?
Q How does this passage challenge us about our attitude to persecution and the importance of prayer?