Today is Wednesday, 11/29. In our Scripture today, the Prince of Peace, Jesus, comes at just the right time. He radically changes the landscape of individual, family, corporate, and global peace. How? Read on to find out! Also, come join the gathering at 9:00 or 10:45 as we celebrate our glorious Peacemaker’s coming to earth.
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Reflect on a time of turmoil, brokenness, or disharmony in your life. Share some descriptive words that could illuminate your feelings during this time. Where did you find hope as you searched to restore peace? Did you think that peace could be found?
_ How is the Lord encouraging you to point someone you are walking with to Jesus, the Prince of Peace?
Lord, you are our Prince of Peace. We confess that often we look elsewhere to bring peace to the brokenness in our lives. Thank you that from the beginning of time you intended to bring peace to us, Jesus. Thank you for your promise in Micah 5:4-5 that you bring us security and you shall be our peace.
And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth.
5 And he shall be their peace.
Help us, Jesus, to rest in your work of reconciliation. Help us to see peace and to seek peace in you and you alone!
DISCOVER [Romans 5:6-11]
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
_ In vs. 6 what are terms used to describe us before Christ came in the flesh?
_ Vs 7 declares that one might die for what kind of person?
_ Why is the news in verse 8 so radical and amazing?
_ Verse 9 shares that because of Christ’s death on our behalf, it is “just as if we had never sinned.” We won’t have to face God’s wrath if we believe in Jesus. How does that change the way we live today?
_ Think of synonyms for the word reconcile. What does Christ’s death do for the believer? What does Jesus’s resurrection and His power do for the believer according to verse 10?
_ What does verse 11 call us to do if we believe in Jesus?
+ 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)
_ Is there an area of your life where you feel unreconciled to Jesus or to others? If so, where and what is your next step this week to trust Christ’s work and His promises to you personally?
_ Does your life reflect the “joy” of verse 11? What steps can you take to give over your burdens to the One who can carry them?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?