Exegetical Notes: Acts 12:5-7

5 So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.

“So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made” – The context and actions of Herod described in verses 1-4, seem like certain death for Peter. In moments of difficulty (no matter the intensity of the difficulty), believers should turn to God for both hope and answers. 

”casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Pe 5:7.

“earnest prayer” – pertaining to an unceasing activity, normally involving a degree of intensity and/or perseverance—‘without ceasing, continuously, constantly.’
 Johannes P. Louw and Eugene Albert Nida, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains (New York: United Bible Societies, 1996), 655.

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Matthew 16.13-19 – A Church of Influence (10/8/95)

A Sermon (#531) Preached By William “Bill” Touchton

Edited By Michael D. Lawson

If you have your Bibles turn with me to Matthew 16.13-19.

In 1971, a group of people from the Sherwood Forest Baptist Church felt led of God to buy this property and build this church, and next Sunday morning we will celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Wingate Road Church. As I studied the history of our church, I was amazed at how many people we have reached these years. In 24 years, we have seen…700 saved and baptized…800 come and be a part by change of letter. This church has touched a lot of lives, however, I want to ask you a question that I have wrestled with this week.

Question: If Wingate Road Baptist Church ceased to be, if we walked out this morning, locked the doors, and never came back, would anybody in this community care? If WRBC ceased to be, would it have any effect at all in this community?

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