Today is Thursday, October 12, 2017. In Chapter 12.20-25 we get insight into Herod's death. We know from Scripture that all sin ultimately leads to death and while we don't know the complete background of the passage or Herod's life, it is likely this has been a pattern in Herod's life. When we continue to sin without turning to the living God or live without acknowledging God, at some point we will be exposed and that exposure will result in incredible pain, a death of something or in extreme cases, actual death- think about the person who progressively drinks alcohol with no limit or the man who through his entire career violates women. This is a challenging passage to get our minds wrapped around but the principles for us remain. - Joey
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever taken credit in your heart for something that God did?
Take some time to pray that the Lord would open our hearts and minds to see our sin and how you want to continue to transform us.
DISCOVER [Acts 12:20-25]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
20 Now Herod was angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon, and they came to him with one accord, and having persuaded Blastus, the king's chamberlain, they asked for peace, because their country depended on the king's country for food. 21 On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and delivered an oration to them. 22 And the people were shouting, “The voice of a god, and not of a man!” 23 Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last. 24 But the word of God increased and multiplied. 25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had completed their service, bringing with them John, whose other name was Mark.
_ What are the people shouting about Herod in vs. 22?
_ What happens next and why in vs. 23?
_ In contrast to Herod what is happening in vs. 24 and 25?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)_ Is there an area of your life that you are being invited answer God’s call to trust him and leave your chains and your cell? If so, how are you going to walk differently this week?
_ Are there any area's in your life where you are not acknowledging God or His power and taking credit for something yourself?
+ WHO in your life are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus, how can we help?