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Peter's Imprisonment and the Power of Prayer (1 of 26)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles
INTRODUCTION: In our last lesson, we saw how, following the death of Stephen and the continued persecution of believers, the saints were scattered throughout different parts of the region-some to Phoenicia, some to Antioch and some to the island of Cyprus, an island located in the Mediterranean Sea.
Because of this dispersion, many people who lived in these areas, who otherwise would not have heard the gospel, did hear and were saved. It says in Acts 11:20-21, ''And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus.  And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.''
When news came to saints at Jerusalem that people were being saved, they sent Barnabas to Antioch to exhort and encourage the new believers in the faith. The Bible says Antioch is where the disciples were first referred to as Christians (vs. 26).
In this evening's lesson, we turn our attention to the Apostle Peter, who has been imprisoned by King Herod. Herod had already killed James, the brother of John, and had decided to put Peter to death, as well. However, things did not turn out as planned-God had a different plan; and as we will see, His plan was affected in part, by the prayers of the saints.
This evening, I want to give you three things:
I. The Arrest and Release of Peter
II. The Power and Persistence of Prayer
III. The Death and Defeat of Herod
I. THE ARREST AND RELEASE OF PETER
A. Peter's Imprisonment (vv. 1-4)
1. At this time in history, King Herod Agrippa I
was on the throne. He was the grandson of King Herod the Great, the one who ruled during the time of Christ. You will remember that it was Herod the Great (''not so great'') who gave the decree to kill all the male children under the age of 2, hoping to kill J ...
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