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Peter's Miraculous Escape From Prison
Our Weekly Bible Study begins with us reading the assigned scripture ahead of time and preparing our hearts for study and discussion. When we meet (virtually or in person) we first read the scripture as a group, and then take turns sharing and discussing what impacted us the most, and our general interpretation of what we read.
Making Notes as we go through Bible Study is always encouraged, as it helps to increase our understanding of what we have read, and also allows us to become more comfortable and familiar with the Bible.
To make participation easier and more memorable for our younger children, we will include a link to Storybook Bible images of the readings whenever these are available.
This week’s virtual Bible Study focused on Acts 12. After praying and reading through the chapters, we discussed the verses at length, and shared our personal views on what we had read.
We noted that this chapter focused on several subjects:
First, we heard some background on King Herod, who was referred to in the chapter. The name “Herod” actually belonged to a line of wicked Kings. There are therefore a number of different Kings named Herod in the Bible; this particular one was called Herod Agrippa.
We discussed the fact that Herod had imprisoned Peter, but had killed James, one of the other disciples. This led us to into further discussion about God’s will, and reminded ourselves that although we may not understand why God allows certain things to happen to some people and not to others, He is sovereign, and we must trust and obey His decisions. We also noted the importance of perseverance, especially in prayer, as was mentioned in verse 5, where we are told that the church had prayed “without ceasing” for Peter while he was in prison.
Peter’s complete trust in God even during his imprisonment was displayed in this chapter. Despite his physical circumstances, Peter was able to rest peacefully on God’s promise. It is important in our own lives, we noted, to trust and obey God at all times, but in order to fully trust Him, we must first know Him, and in order to know Him, we must spend time with Him.
The importance of honouring God in all things was also discussed. Herod was eventually killed by an Angel of the Lord for failing to give God the glory. We talked further about how people often take credit for the good things that occur in their lives instead of giving God the glory, honor and praise that he deserves.
Finally, we talked about consistency, and how it is the key to success. The more consistent you are at something, the better you will become at it. If we therefore consistently spend time with God, we will know Him better with each passing day.
A question for you : Do you have Peter’s kind of confidence in the Lord?
Please click on the Bible resources below to read and reflect further on this week’s chapter.
As you read, ask yourself: What are MY thoughts on what I am reading?
Acts 12: Peter's Miraculous Escape from Prison
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