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Summary: In strife or in humorous situations, God is still in control.

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SERIES: “LESSONS FROM THE EARLY CHURCH”

TEXT: ACTS 12:1-25

TITLE: “GOD’S DRAMEDY”

INTRODUCTION: A. Are you confused by the title of this message?

1. It’s probably because you’ve never heard the term dramedy

2. Dramedy is a term used in the entertainment field

a. Primarily used in film and television, it’s a combination of the words drama and

comedy.

b. It’s used to describe a fairly new type of movie or television program, such as

M*A*S*H*, where the usual lines between drama and comedy are not so

distinct.

--Drama and comedy are used together

B. I think that life is basically a dramedy – things that are humorous happen in the middle

of things that cause stress and tension.

1. In our passage tonight, we see things that cause worry and tension and in their midst

there are humorous events.

2. It’s important for us to understand that in the middle of everyday life, God is

working

a. He’s moving things toward completion

b. He’s doing things that give us help and sustenance

c. Whether life is drama, comedy, or a combination of both, we can trust that He’ll

be faithful to His promises.

I. PERSECUTION

--Acts 12:1-5 – “1It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending

to persecute them. 2He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3When he saw that this

pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

4After 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. 5So Peter was kept in prison, but

the church was earnestly praying to God for him.”

A. Herod Agrippa I

1. Grandson of Herod the Great

a. Ordered the death of all males under age of 2

b. Also killed several of his family members (including wives and sons) out of fear and jealousy

2. Nephew of Herod Antipas

--had John the Baptist beheaded

3. A cruel and wicked family

4. The Jews resented having an Idumean (Edomite) ruling over them

--Agrippa I persecuted the church to curry favor with the Jewish leadership

B. James

1. Brother of John

a. Sons of Zebedee

b. Nicknamed “sons of thunder”

c. One of Jesus’ closest companions along with Peter and his brother John

2. Arrested along with some other church members

--Executed for his stand as a Christian and as a leader in the church

3. Something interesting in Mt. 20:20-28

a. The mother of James and John asks Jesus if He could please honor her sons by making them His

most important assistants

--right and left hands

b. Vss. 20-22, the conversation goes like this: “"You don’t know what you are asking," Jesus said to

them. "Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?" "We can," they answered. 23Jesus said to them,

"You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places

belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father."”

c. Of course, James and John did not know what they were saying

--there is a high cost to a throne of glory


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