Weekly Reading for August 23 – 29
Preparing for Next Week’s Message
Sermon Series: Peacemakers in a World of Turmoil
Sermon Title: Steps to Reconciliation, Healing, and Restoration
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on August 30, 2020:
- SUNDAY: Romans 5,
- MONDAY: Matthew 5, (Jeremiah 8:11),
- TUESDAY: 1 Thessalonians 5,
- WEDNESDAY: Romans 14,
- THURSDAY: Matthew 6,
- FRIDAY: Ephesians 2, Psalm 122,
- SATURDAY: Hebrews 12,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Peacemakers in World of Turmoil
Sermon Title: Seeking the God of Peace
Delivered On: August 23, 2020
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Memorize and Reflect
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. (John 14:27)
Thank God for the truth that He is the Prince of Peace and that He wants His children to live and walk in peace.
“Live It!” Challenge
Am I a Peacemaker?: Take time to reflect on this last month. As you think about your interactions, words, and attitudes, what have you done that led to peace and calm between people? What have you said and done that might have led to tension, conflict, and heated interactions? What can you do in the next week that will grow peace and decrease tension?
Small Group Discussion
Tell about a person who loves Jesus deeply and lives like Jesus so that they are a natural and consistent peacemaker. They seem to get along with everyone and when they enter a room, peace seems to come with them.
What are some of the characteristic and traits that seem to mark the life of people who are peacemakers? What are characteristics and traits of people who seem to bring division and conflict on a regular basis?
Quiet reflection: Take 3-4 minutes and reflect on the actions and attitudes that lead to both peace and conflict. Identify one behavior in your life that enhances peace. Also, identify one action that you engage in that leads to conflict and turmoil. Tell your group members one way you can adjust your actions or speech in a way that will bring more peace.
Read: John 14:25-27. What are versions of “peace” that the world offers? Why do these efforts for peace always seem to fall short?
What is unique and distinct about the peace that Jesus offers us? Why does His peace, when we embrace and share it, actually make enduring and real change?
Read: James 3:17-18. How can knowing and following God’s wisdom lead to peace? What is one passage of the Bible (God’s book of wisdom) that brings you peace and leads you to peaceful relationships?
Read: Ephesians 4:1-6. How does focusing on where we are unified and what we have in common lead us to peace? How does focusing on our differences lead to conflict and division?
What is one place in your life or circle of influence where there is disunity and a lack of peace? What can you do to bring the peace of Jesus to this place? How can your group members pray for you and support you in this effort?