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“Through the Iron Door” Pastor Allan Kircher SPBC

Date: Aug 14th, 2011

Scripture: Acts 12:1-30

Introduction:

"Have you ever experienced a 'dead end' in life?"

• Have you ever been faced with a problem that you just knew was impossible to solve?

• Have you ever felt overwhelmed-like this was it-there was no way out-you were going under.

For example has a doctor ever shared the results of medical tests that confirmed the presence of cancer or some other grave illness-and the prognosis he gave was guarded at best?

• As you walked out of his office you felt a wave of despair and thought,

• "I'm not going to make it. This is the end."

Or, perhaps you're like millions of people who have felt their marriage had reached a dead end.

• The intimacy is gone and the fights and tension are so bad you just know it will not last.

• In your mind the situation is impossible to resolve-you're sure the next thing you'll do with your spouse is see a lawyer.

Maybe your "dead end experience" concerns your finances.

• The bills keep growing and growing and you think there's no way out-you're headed for the shame of bankruptcy.

Or, maybe its child-rearing that has made you feel this way.

• You used/have/great relationship/son/daughter, but when they hit adolescence things changed.

• Now, all you do is fight and your relationship has gone down the tube. You feel like quitting.

Perhaps you feel this way about work-your boss and/or co-workers make your days miserable.

• It's so bad it even affects your life outside the office.

• And you just don't see how it could ever get better.

• It's a dead end that you can't avoid.

If any of the above situations describe your life now or in the past-

• If you have faced an impossible situation

• even now facing a hopeless, impossible situation

• Then be sure to listen God’s word/morning.

This next section of Acts records a time in the life of the church when Christians in Jerusalem faced a seemingly impossible situation

• A state of affairs that looked hopeless.

• the way they dealt with this seemingly unstoppable nightmare highlights truth we need to hear

Truths that will help us face the inevitable "dead ends" of life.

Sermon:

This chapter of the history of the early church begins with King Herod initiating a persecution of the church.

• Now HEROD/popular name in the New Testament days

• In fact, there are at least four Herods mentioned in the Bible.

Herod #1 "Herod the Great."

• The "Herod" who slaughtered the babies of Bethlehem in an attempt to kill the Christ child.

• He also murdered many of his own family.

Herod #2 known as "Herod Antipas."

• He was the "Herod" who commanded John the Baptist to be beheaded.

• He ruled when Jesus was crucified.

Herod #3 known as "Herod Philip the Second."

* He was murdered by his own father because he feared his son was after his throne but before Herod Philip died he had a son who became...


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