Persecution Will Come And God’s Church Will Continue To Grow

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Acts 12:18-25

18 Now when day came, there was no small disturbance among the soldiers as to [a]what could have become of Peter. 19 When Herod had searched for him and had not found him, he examined the guards and ordered that they be led away to execution. Then he went down from Judea to Caesarea and was spending time there.

Death of Herod

20 Now he was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon; and with one accord they came to him, and having won over Blastus the king’s chamberlain, they were asking for peace, because their country was fed by the king’s country. 21 On an appointed day Herod, having put on his royal apparel, took his seat on the [b]rostrum and began delivering an address to them. 22 The people kept crying out, “The voice of a god and not of a man!” 23 And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and [c]died.

24 But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied.

25 And Barnabas and Saul returned [d]from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their [e]mission, taking along with them John, who was also called Mark.

Discussion Questions

May 19th, 2019

1.) In Acts 12:21-23, what do we learn that happens to King Herod? Who did the people think he was? What is the lesson we can learn from this? Please read: Nahum 1:2 & Exodus. 20:5. What do they say? Answer: God shares his glory with No one!

2.) As we read in Acts 12, even with persecution, God’s word goes out and His church continues to grow? Remember what Acts 1:8 says and who is promised? Also, please read: Acts 2:47b; 6:7; 9:31. What do all these verses have in common?

3.) Friends, can you think of personal struggles or challenges that God led you out over time? Do you believe that as we seek God first, (Matthew 6:32-33) that He will free us from things that are getting in the way of our personal relationship and growth with him?

4.) This week, just like Peter in Acts 12:17, who are you asking God to share the good news of Jesus Christ with? What does Romans 1:16- 17 say?