Three pictures of persecution in verses 1-5 set the stage for a season of testing for the church. As Herod put the sword to the church, the people of God responded with fervent prayer. The Lord answered those prayers delivering Peter from prison by the hand of an angel. This text teaches the church to approach persecution with fervent prayer and to trust the results to the Lord.
Date preached: 11/4/2018
Bible text: Acts 12:1-17