john 14:25-27, NIV
25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid..."
Romans 12:18, NIV
18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
What is a Christian?
In this series, instead of having a "Big Idea" with each message, we will be building a definition of what it means to be a Christian.
A Christian is one who follows Jesus by devoting his or her life to the kingdom vision of God, to a life of loving God and loving others, and to a society shaped by restorative justice, especially for those who have been marginalized and to peace.
· What stood out to you from the Scripture passage and/or this week's message?
· In what ways is God challenging you and/or encouraging you through the message?
· What does the word "peace" mean to you? What comes to mind when you think about peace?
· Pastor Jeff said that "it is only through the presence of the Spirit in our lives that we can experience peace." How does this impact the way we go about seeking peace?
· The Old Testament concept of peace is called shalom, and it includes: 1) material prosperity (having our needs met), 2) loving relationships with God, family, Israel, and other nations, and 3) moral goodness and integrity. We can't have inner peace without having outer peace. With this in mind, how can you be a peacemaker in the relationships and situations you engage with on a day to day basis?
· Paul says "if it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone" (Romans 12:18). Are there any relationships in your life that you need to take initiative in making right?