Escaping Death in the Book of Acts

Peter (Acts 12:1-4)

  • James had already been executed (Acts 12:2), yet no sign of panic (sleeping – Acts 12:6)
  • Importance of fellow Christians — the first place he went was to the place where fellow Christians were gathered (Acts 12:12)
  • Importance of prayer — they were praying for Peter (Acts 12:5,12)

Paul (Acts 9:23-25; 14:19-20)

  • Damascus (Acts 9:23-25) — despite being a new Christian, he did not fold under the threats against him
  • Lystra (Acts 14:19-20) — went back into the city after being taken out and stoned

Shipwreck Victims (Acts 27)

  • Everyone’s lives would be spared even though the ship would be lost (v. 21-26) — trust in God no matter how desperate your circumstances are
  • Safety was only in the ship (v. 30-32) — we must be in the place of safety (Ephesians 1:7; Galatians 3:27)
  • The soldiers cut the ropes to the lifeboat (v. 32) — remove the temptation to abandon the place of salvation (Matthew 5:29-30)

Paul (Acts 28:1-6)

  • While gathering firewood, Paul was bitten by a snake but suffered no harm
  • Jesus said this would happen (Mark 16:18) — to reinforce the message (Mark 16:16)

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