Today is Monday, November 27th, 2017. I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving and time spent with those you hold dear. Thank you for joining us as we begin our advent series, City of Peace. I look forward to learning alongside you this season about how Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection have brought peace into our lives. I pray that we can all have a deeper understanding of this peace and the presence it has in our daily lives. - Mallory
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- What does peace mean to you? What does peace look like to you?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)
Lord today we ask that you would teach us, that you would guide us into a deeper understanding of who you are and the beautiful peace you have to offer. We ask that you would take distractions away from us as we sit with Your Word before us. Lord grant us understanding and grant us peace. Amen.
DISCOVER [Colossians 1:15-23]
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
- What do we learn about Jesus in verses 15 through 20?
- What are the implications of what we learn about Jesus?
- What does Paul mean when he says “making peace by the blood of the cross” (v.20)?
- What do we learn about ourselves, as believers, in verses 21 through 23?
- What are the implications of what we learn about ourselves?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
- How do I live differently having been reconciled by Jesus?
- How does Paul instruct believers to live in verse 23? How do I actually live in this manner in my day to day life?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?