Would you rather be financially comfortable and routined with no adventure or be spontaneous and adventurous but always on the financial edge?
Today we’re talking about the biblical concept of Peace and how God provides more peace for the peaceless. It’s part of our Advent series at church called “More or Less.”
While Christmas is a beautiful, even magical time of the year, it doesn’t resolve all our conflicts, reduce our anxieties, or fill our lives with friends and cheer. In fact, in some ways it complicates life. The bottom line for this whole series is… “When there seems to be less, God has more.”
WATCH, STUDY, DISCUSS
Watch the Bible Project’s teaching video on “Peace.” You can find it on their website at BibleProject.com or on YouTube.
Read Isaiah 9:6-7 - The prophet Isaiah looked forward to the arrival of the Prince of Peace. His reign would lead to eternal shalom, righting all wrongs and healing all brokenness. Isaiah’s words are fulfilled with the arrival of Jesus. When Jesus is born, shalom is proclaimed. He is the King who brings peace and restoration to the broken fragments of our world.
Exercise. You’ll need paper and pen/pencil for each person.
How can you find “Shalom/Peace” in your life even if the above areas don’t change?
John the Baptist said in John 3:30 “He must increase. I must decrease.” This week, how will you make your peace in God more important and peace in yourself, your circumstances, or others less important.
First, take some time to ask people to identify prayer needs related to the discussion about encouraging one another. Second, take some time to ask for additional prayer requests. Then close your time together in prayer.