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Acts 12 - NIV

Peter’s Miraculous Escape From Prison

1 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them.

2 He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword.

3 When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread.

4 After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.

5 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.

6 The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance.

7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.

8 Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him.

9 Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision.

10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.

11 Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”

12 When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.

13 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door.

14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!”

15 “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.”

16 But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.

17 Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. “Tell James and the other brothers and sisters about this,” he said, and then he left for another place.

18 In the morning, there was no small commotion among the soldiers as to what had become of Peter.

Herod’s Death

19 Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there.

20 He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon; they now joined together and sought an audience with him. After securing the support of Blastus, a trusted personal servant of the king, they asked for peace, because they depended on the king’s country for their food supply.

21 On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people.

22 They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.”

23 Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.

24 But the word of God continued to spread and flourish.

Barnabas and Saul Sent Off

25 When Barnabas and Saul had finished their mission, they returned from[a] Jerusalem, taking with them John, also called Mark.


a. Acts 12:25 Some manuscripts to

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Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Sep, 2016
Summary: You understand what sandpaper could be to wood? Well, problems and obstacles could be a tool that brings us closer to God? It is up to you.
Scripture: Acts 12:12-15
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 763
Stephen Belokur avatar
Peter! Wake Up!
Shared by: Stephen Belokur on Aug, 2016
Summary: In the 12th chapter of Acts we see the deliverance of Peter from the hand of Herod. It is an amazing deliverance. James is executed and Peter delivered. Both were ready to die. Shouldn't we be as well?
Scripture: Acts 12:1-19
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 1,843
Anthony Zibolski avatar
Jailhouse prayer
Shared by: Anthony Zibolski on Aug, 2016
Summary: Can we be honest? we have all thrown up jail house prayers to the Lord when we were in a jam and needed His help. What is the better solution?
Scripture: Acts 12:1-19
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 540
Brian Harvison avatar
Get Out Of Jail Free
Shared by: Brian Harvison on Jul, 2016
Summary: Peter and his adventure in jail and being sprung by the angel. We should shout for joy when our prayers are answered and standing at our front door. We serve an amazing God that does answer prayer in amazing ways
Scripture: Acts 12:6-10
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 383
Charlie Roberts avatar
All Things Are Possible...Only Believe!
Shared by: Charlie Roberts on Jul, 2016
Summary: It's like this...sometimes the need may seem monumental to you, “Guess What” its not monumental to God! And since your not the one who is going to have to meet the need, it shouldn’t be to you either! Praise God!
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Acts 12:5-17
Views: 2,949
Byron Harvey avatar
Stop Supporting Missionaries!
Shared by: Byron Harvey on Apr, 2016
Summary: This message, from Acts 13, argues that the proper relationship between the church and missionaries involves missionaries supporting the church, rather than the other way around, because the work of mission is the work of the church as led by the Spirit.
Scripture: Acts 12:24-13:4
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 368
Derek Geldart avatar
A Crumb from the Master's Table
Shared by: Derek Geldart on Apr, 2016
Summary: This sermon will present four reasons as to why we don't experience or see many miracles today.
Scripture: Acts 12:1-9
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 515
Jeremiah B. Menyongai, Jr. avatar
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Shared by: Jeremiah B. Menyongai, Jr. on Mar, 2016
Summary: There Are Many Iron Gates, Chains, Darkness, Prisons, death threats, fears, that hinder and imprison believers. Some are Self-righteousness, Pride, Worldly pleasure, The approval of the world, Doubt, Weariness in our labor for Christ, Discouragement.
Scripture: Acts 12:1-19
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 1,150
Chuck Sligh avatar
Astonished by Answered Prayer!
Shared by: Chuck Sligh on Feb, 2016
Summary: When Peter was imprisoned in Acts 12, the church in Jerusalem prayed fervently...but not in faith. The results were comical, yet God answered their prayer. This sermons examines the importance of faith in life and especially in our prayers.
Series: Acts
Scripture: Acts 12:1-25
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 989
James Lee avatar
The Mystery of Providence and the Majesty of Peace
Shared by: James Lee on Dec, 2015
Summary: I would like to thank Pastor Jerry Shirley for sharing this series on Acts. It has been a blessing as well as a great help. I have used these for our church, as I spend my days caring for my dying father.
Scripture: Acts 12:1-25
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 174
Matthew Botha avatar
Great things happen when the Church prays
Shared by: Matthew Botha on Dec, 2015
Summary: When we pray God moves in a supernatural way
Series: Prayer
Scripture: Acts 12:1-24
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 676
J Jeffrey  Smead avatar
Having A Healthy Ambition
Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Oct, 2015
Summary: We are all ambitious, in one way or another. That is how God created us. We should be ambitious for who we are.in Christ Jesus. Ambition is a healthy thing when it motivates us to reach our God-given potential.
Dean Courtier avatar
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Shared by: Dean Courtier on Aug, 2015
Summary: Each of us have some kind of chain in our life that binds us, the chain can be physical, habitual or spiritual. The question: What chain or chains are their in your life that need to be broken?
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Acts 12:1-15
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 2,233
Mark Schaeufele avatar
Are You Expecting A Miracle?
Shared by: Mark Schaeufele on Aug, 2015
Summary: Let's trust God for a miracle!
Series: AD
Scripture: Acts 12:1-19
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 889
Bobby Stults avatar
There is ALWAYS Darkness before Deliverance!
Shared by: Bobby Stults on Mar, 2015
Summary: Peter and the church experienced great darkness before God brought deliverance! Today we as we experience darkness God has promised He will deliver those who serve Him! His deliverance may not what you expect, or when you desire it, but its always best!
Michael McCartney avatar
Soul Care 4
Shared by: Michael McCartney on Jan, 2015
Summary: You soul needs to be healthy and whole if you want a successful life. But to do this requires soul searching on our part as well as soul care. Soul care is our responsibility so we need to make sure that we do it regularly.
Series: Soul Care
Rick Boyne avatar
Glory to God
Shared by: Rick Boyne on May, 2014
Summary: God is the only One who DESERVES glory!
Scripture: Acts 12:20-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 685
Darrin Fish avatar
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Shared by: Darrin Fish on May, 2014
Summary: How to reach out to those close to us.
Philip Harrelson avatar
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Shared by: Philip Harrelson on Apr, 2014
Summary: We must find a commitment to perseverance in our Christian walk.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Acts 12:16
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 3,360
William D. Brown avatar
A look on their lives and death.
Shared by: William D. Brown on Apr, 2014
Summary: The Bible does not give us a record about the ways in which the apostles died, other than James, -- We must rely on early church historians and secular historians as well, but both seem to be in agreement and both are concidered reliable.
Series: Apostles
Scripture: Acts 12:1-2
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,333
Kevin L. Jones avatar
The Marks Of A Successful Church
Shared by: Kevin L. Jones on Mar, 2014
Summary: What is the REAL evidence of a successful church.
based on 7 ratings
Scripture: Acts 12:24
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 27,320
Kevin L. Jones avatar
What If His People Prayed?
Shared by: Kevin L. Jones on Mar, 2014
Summary: What happens when the people of God pray to God.
based on 22 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 53,330
Gordon Weatherby avatar
Shared by: Gordon Weatherby on Feb, 2014
Summary: The account of God answering a church's prayer for deliverance from persecution. Like many times today, the church prayed, yet lacked faith God would answer their prayer until He delivered them.
Jerry Cosper avatar
Prayer Power
Shared by: Jerry Cosper on Jan, 2014
Summary: A powerful story in Acts 12, where we see the death of James.
Scripture: Acts 12:1-25
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 579
Christopher Holdsworth avatar
Herod's Perscution of the Church in Jerusalem
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Dec, 2013
Summary: The world will always fail in its endeavours to destroy Christianity.
Pastor/Revivalist Terry Sisney avatar
Where they said there is nothing
Shared by: Pastor/Revivalist Terry Sisney on Sep, 2013
Summary: We've all been there and heard those faith destroying words sent from the devil (there is nothing) no money, no love, no hope, but God says in that very same place where you heard those words will come forth an abundance. The rain is on it's way.
based on 23 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 22,202
Bruce Lee avatar
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Shared by: Bruce Lee on Aug, 2013
Summary: Life is full of victories. Sometimes God loves us nearly to death. You don't have to win every fight to be victorious sometimes you just have to survive. The battles you do win are from God.
based on 17 ratings
Denomination: United Methodist
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Leslie Rutland-Tipton avatar
Jailbreak: When God Unlocks the Chains of Injustice
Shared by: Leslie Rutland-Tipton on Aug, 2013
Summary: Biblical story of Peter's miraculous release from prison and how we, too, can be released from injustice
Scripture: Acts 12:1-10
Denomination: *other
Views: 1,254
Greg Nance avatar
Shared by: Greg Nance on Aug, 2013
Summary: Acts 12 has both answered and unanswered prayers within it. We tend to like it better when we get a "yes" from heaven, but God might actually be doing greater things for us when the answer is "no."
Scripture: Acts 12:1-30
Views: 634
Jeff Strite avatar
Wild Praying
Shared by: Jeff Strite on Aug, 2013
Summary: Do you believe in praying bold and wild prayers? Do you believe that if you asked God to do something "impossible" that He would? Frankly, the story in Acts 12 doesn't look like these folks believed that. Did God look down on them for their doubt?