Challenged by His Call (Acts 12:5-24)

Gearl Spicer Gearl Spicer, January 26, 2020
Part of the Resolute Life - Living the Vision series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Acts 12:5-24

5Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. 6And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. 7And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. 8And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. 9And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. 10When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. 11And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. 12And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying. 13And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda. 14And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate. 15And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel. 16But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished. 17But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place. 18Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter. 19And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode. 20And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king's country. 21And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. 22And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. 23And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. 24But the word of God grew and multiplied. (KJV)

Sermon Notes

Resolute Life - Living the Vision
Challenged by His Call
Acts 12:5-24
January 26, 2020

What are your greatest challenges in life?

Resolute—Determined, unwavering and admirably purposeful

“So Peter was kept in prison, but prayer for him was being made
Fervently by the church of God.” v.5

“And behold an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light
Shone in the cell and he struck Peter’s side and woke him up, saying
Get up quickly.” v.7

“When Peter came to himself, he said-Now I know for that the Lord
Has sent forth His angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod…” v.11

I. Challenge #1 - Praying beyond circumstances-v.5
A. Never surrender to less than God’s best
B. Apply fervency to your daily requests

II. Challenge #2 - Never underestimate God—v.6-10
A. Rest while waiting
B. Follow the light
C. Keep moving forward

III. Challenge #3 - Testify to His provision—v.11-17
A. Offer affirmation of His protection
B. Keep knocking
C. Share what truly matters

IV. Challenge #4 - No one thwarts His purpose—v.18-24
A. Anger is never an answer
B. All glory belongs to God

Can you hear His call above your challenges?

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