Acts 12 Peter Released from Prison

The first twelve chapters of Acts are primarily focused upon the church in Jerusalem and surrounding areas. It is important to understand the nature of the church and the faith of its members. It is also important to see that they were intense about following the teaching of Christ as taught by the apostles. The remainder of the book will tell of the spread of the gospel via Paul’s evangelistic travels. This chapter provides information about three important events in Jerusalem: the martyrdom of James (1-5); the arrest and miraculous release of the apostle Peter (6-19); and the prideful arrogance of Herod Agrippa I and his subsequent death (20-23). The chapter ends with the return of Barnabas and Saul to Antioch.

  • Apostle James
  • Put to death; first apostle to be martyred

  • Herod Agrippa I
  • Ruler who executed James

  • Apostle Peter
  • Imprisoned again and released

  • Rhoda
  • A girl who met Peter at the door

  • Barnabas, Saul, John Mark
  • Returned to Antioch

  • Jerusalem
  • Events of the chapter

  • Caesarea
  • Where Peter went

  • Antioch
  • Where Barnabas, Saul and John Mark went


God provided for his apostles in different ways. He took James to heaven and released Peter from prison.

The church should pray for God’s involvement and truly believe in His ability to help.

“Pride goes before a fall.” A haughty “powerful” man can become weakened quickly.