There were tens of thousands of Christians praying for a miracle for the Apostle Peter to be released from prison. Luke records for us the dramatic fashion in which God moved to set him free from imminent death.
When God’s people pray, God works in powerful ways. When individual Christians pray to God there is power but when they join their prayers collectively with others in the church then there is multiplied power. There is a mystery to prayer that is related to the sovereignty and providence of God. He always answers but at times He does not answer in the ways we think He should, but we trust Him.
I. _________ Come (vs 1-4)
II. _________ Pray (vs 5)
Acts 12:1-11 (NKJV)
Herod’s Violence to the Church
12 Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. 2 Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread. 4 So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four [a]squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover.
Peter Freed from Prison
5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but [b]constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. 6 And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were [c]keeping the prison. 7 Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. 8 Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.” 9 So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.
11 And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.”
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ■ THIS SUNDAY
Remember to adjust your schedule for the time change this Sunday, November 1, when we turn our clocks back one hour.
DISCOVER GREAT HILLS ■ BEGINS THIS SUNDAY
Looking to become a member of Great Hills? Discover Great Hills is being offered the first three Sundays in November at 9:30am in Room C241. Register here or email Leighton Forshee at email@example.com to reserve your spot.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD ■ BOXES NOW AVAILABLE ■ HELP NEEDED
Empty shoeboxes will be available for pickup on Sundays in the ministry mall. Collection week for filled boxes is November 16-23. Contact Becky Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're available to help distribute or collect boxes on Sunday mornings or during collection week.
SBTC ANNUAL MEETING ■ CONVENTION SERMON BY PASTOR DANNY
Tuesday, November 10 at Hyde Park Baptist Church. Pastor Danny will preach at 11:10am.
HARVEST OFFERING SUNDAY
November 22 ■ A day we celebrate God's blessings through the giving of our Harvest Offering, which is an annual offering above our regular tithes and offerings. Please be in prayer about what God would have you give.
MISSION LOUISIANA ■ HELP NEEDED
The state of Louisiana has been hit hard by multiple recent hurricanes. Work teams are desperately needed to assist with cleanup and construction. We would love to help one of our mission partners who is coordinating groups to serve there. Dates can be flexible. Please contact Becky Dean at email@example.com if you are interested.
CAN YOU “FIT” US IN?
With the recent opening of our campus and Connect Groups, we are in need of some welcoming, people-loving folks to add to our First Impressions Team (FIT) of Sunday morning greeters. If you are able to devote a Sunday or more a month to welcome our guests and members prior to worship, please contact Diane Eppler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HYBRID CONNECT GROUPS FOR ALL AGES
Bible studies are now being offered both on-campus and virtually for all ages. Basic COVID safety guidelines are in place on campus. Please visit our GHBC website to find the on-campus or virtual Connect Group that’s just right for you.
PART-TIME POSITIONS AVAILABLE
If you're looking for an occasional or part-time position and love working with children, O'Chester Learning Center is still in need of subs for Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00am – 2:00pm. If interested, please email Kellie Mendoza at email@example.com for more information.