Strange Sovereignty of God in Suffering
Topic: Exposition Scripture: Acts 12
Acts 12: The Strange sovereignty of God in suffering
In a Broken World, Suffering is Real
"Herod the king laid violent hands..."
God Hears, God Intervenes
"....but earnest prayer for him was made to God"
God's Victory in Christ is (and will be) Final
"eaten by worms .... the word of God increased"
Discipleship group questions
- Read aloud the text from Sunday (Acts 12:1-25). What do you remember most from the teaching?
- How would you respond to someone who said, "I don't believe in God because a good God wouldn't allow suffering"?
- Do you find Acts 12 to be an encouraging passage? If so, why? If not, why not?
- How would you respond to someone who said, Prayer doesn't really matter because God will just do whatever He wants anyway?
- Read Romans 15:30-32, 2 Corinthians 1:11 and Colossians 4:12-13 aloud together. What do all of these passages suggest about the role of prayer in the story of God?
- Can you think of other Biblical examples of God directly responding to the prayers of His people?
- Have you ever felt like God responded to your prayers? Describe that experience.
- Consider the example of the church in Jerusalem who was praying for Peter's release from prison without knowing (or maybe even believing) that God intended to use their prayers as a means of Peter's deliverance. Can you think of a situation in your life where God just might be calling you to pray as a means of His intervention in the story? End your time by praying into these situations together.