•The Story of Barnabas the Ambassador•
Scripture – @ Ephesians 2:11-22
Narrate the Background
@ Acts 1:7-8 (promise of the Holy Spirit) KJV
@ Acts 2:1-12, 37-41 (the Holy Spirit comes) NLT
@ Acts 4:32-37 (the Believers share their possessions) MSG
@ Acts 8:1-4 (persecution scatters the Believers) MSG
@ Acts 11:19-22
When the church at Jerusalem heard what had happened, they sent Barnabas to Antioch.
Narrate the Story – @ Acts 11:19-30 (NLT)
Painting – Henry Lee Higginson as Barnabas | John Singer Sargent
•James is Killed•
Background @ Mark 5:37 ; 9:2 ; 14:33 (James, one of Jesus closest disciples)
@ Acts 12:1-2 About that time King Herod Agrippa began to persecute some believers in the church. He had the apostle James (John’s brother) killed with a sword.
Story @ Acts 12:1-5
Painting – Study for the Spanish Dancer after John Singer Sargent
•Peter’s Miraculous Escape from Prison•
Psalms – 119:130
Narrate the Background –
@ Acts 4:1-22 (Peter and John’s first arrest)
@ Acts 5:17-20 (Peter and the apostles second arrest)
@ Acts 5:26-42 (Peter and the apostles third arrest)
@ Acts 12:1-5 (Peter’s fourth arrest)
@ Acts 12:6
The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep, fastened with two chains between two soldiers. Others stood guard at the prison gate.
Narrate the Story – @ Acts 12:6-19
Painting – The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice | John Singer Sargent
•The Death of Herod Agrippa at Caesarea•
Background @ Acts 12:19
Herod Agrippa ordered a thorough search for Peter. When he couldn’t be found, Herod interrogated the guards and sentenced them to death. Afterward Herod left Judea to stay in Caesarea for a while. Now Herod was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon. So they sent a delegation to make peace with him because their cities were dependent upon Herod’s country for food.
Story @ Acts 12:20-25