This Sunday we will wrap up our series on lesser-known Bible personalities.  We will be looking at Rhoda in Acts chapter 12…

Acts12:12-17          New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition

12 As soon as he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many had gathered and were praying. 13 When he knocked at the outer gate, a maid named Rhoda came to answer. 14 On recognizing Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the gate, she ran in and announced that Peter was standing at the gate. 15 They said to her, “You are out of your mind!” But she insisted that it was so. They said, “It is his angel.” 16 Meanwhile Peter continued knocking, and when they opened the gate they saw him and were amazed. 17 He motioned to them with his hand to be silent and described for them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he added, “Tell this to James and to the brothers and sisters.” Then he left and went to another place.

What stands out to you in this story?  Are you more surprised that Rhoda didn’t open the door for Peter or that those in the house didn’t believe Rhoda? 

Why do you think Rhoda didn’t let Peter in the house?

Have you ever been caught off guard by an answered prayer?

Why do you think those in the house didn’t believe Rhoda?

Have you doubted others when they speak of how they have experienced God? 

What can we learn from this story?

Let’s talk about it on Sunday. 

~ Pastor Dustin