The idea of being at peace sounds pretty appealing. Who doesn’t want to be at peace with themselves or with the people in their lives? Easier said than done, right? We all know we can’t just wave a magic wand and make all of our problems with ourselves and others disappear. It’s just not that simple. But if peace is directly related to happiness, it’s probably worth trying to figure out how to get it. Believe it or not, the Bible actually lays it out pretty clearly for us. Time and again, the stories in the Bible illustrate one big thing when it comes to peace: if we want to be at peace with ourselves or anyone else, we first have to be at peace with God. Peace with God lays the foundation for peace in every other aspect of our lives. And because of that, God makes peace with Him readily available to all of us. This week we’re looking to the New Testament to see exactly how peace with God is attainable for us today. And as we do, we’ll find that it comes from the one thing that has the power to change our lives forever.
Share a high and a low from the past week.
Romans 7:15 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
Ephesians 2:8-9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9 not the result of works, so that no one may boast.
Do you agree that peace with God helps you have more peace with others and yourself? Why or why not?
In your life, how have you seen sin or bad choices destroy your peace?
Have you ever thought about the idea of being both a sinner and a saint? What does that tell you about the work of God’s grace in your life?
Do you think much about doing things that bring “death” to others or yourself, why or why not?
How do you feel about being made right with God through God’s love and grace in Christ? Does it change your day to day life?
If God were talking about God’s love for you right now, what do you think God would say?
Name one thing that you feel like is blocking your peace with God right now.
What’s one step you could take to move closer to God?
O God, strength of all who hope in you, because we are weak we accomplish nothing good without you. Help us to see and understand the things we ought to do, and give us grace and power to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
L: Go in peace with God.
C: Thanks be to God!
Mark the Cross of Christ on each others foreheads as a remembrance of your baptism and say these words...
"(Name) you are a beloved Child of God."
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