Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV) For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon his shoulder. And his name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Romans 5:1-2 (NLT) We have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand.
Isaiah 53:5-6 (NIV) He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Colossians 1:20 (TEV) God made peace through his Son’s blood on the cross and so brought back to himself all things, both on earth and in heaven.
Romans 5:9-10 (NIV) Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
Ephesians 2:12-18 (NIV) At that time you were separate from Christ, excluded…foreigners…without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility…His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
Colossians 3:15 (NIV) Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.
John 16:33; 14:27 (NKJV) “These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world…Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV) You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
What’s your warmest memory of Christmas from childhood? When did Jesus become more of your focus at Christmas than Santa?
How would you define the word peace considering the various aspects of how it’s needed and can be experienced? Where are you most clearly experiencing peace in your life right now?
Read the scriptures connected to point 1 of this message. If you did not know about Christ’s sacrificial death for your sins, how would you go about trying to make peace with your past?
How does knowing Christ died to make us all brothers and sisters in his heavenly family help you to reconcile with those “different” or estranged from you?
Read John 16:33 and Philippians 4:6-7. What connections do you see between these two scripture passages? When have you experienced the “peace that passes understanding” in a stressful or a testing circumstance as you practiced the truths in these scriptures?
Read John 14:27. What does it mean to you that Jesus says we can have his very own peace? Where are you needing to experience it right now that your group can pray for or assist you?
Today, elementary children learned the good news that God sent Jesus to be our savior. Ask your kids where Jesus was born. Is that where we would expect our savior to be born? The fact that Jesus came so we can have a relationship with him is the greatest gift ever. When we accept Jesus’ gift, we become part of God’s own family. But, why would God do this for us? It is because of his great love for us.
A born teacher, Steve combines a depth of insight with unchanging biblical truths to provide messages that are both engaging & life changing. Married to Jean, his bride of 35 years, and the father of three adult children, Steve enjoys early mornings on his porch in study, time with family & friends at the coast, and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar.
NorthPointe Community Church
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