Today is Thursday, December 14th, 2017 and I pray for peace with you and everyone. Peace is something that requires constant work. It requires grace, humility, patience, and most importantly the Holy Spirit. When we stop working towards peace we find things can unraveling quickly. It can be discouraging make us wonder why we should even try. Hebrews is an encouragement to us not to give up. Do not let bitterness take hold. We have hope. Peace is something we strive for at Christmas time and should continue to do with all human kind.

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ How do you strive for peace day to day in your life?
_ How do we keep a “root of bitterness” from springing up?

PRAY
Pray that God would bring about peace in your life but to all mankind and may the Spirit show you ways to bring peace to your community


DISCOVER  [Heb 12:12-15]

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

12 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. 14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;

_ What are we encouraged to do in vs 12 and the beginning of vs 13?
_ Why are we told to do these thing in vs 13?
_ Who are we to strive for peace with in vs 14?
_ Why are we supposed to strive for peace in vs 14?
_ What are we encouraged to stop from springing up in vs 15?
_ What can happen if it does spring up?

+ 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)
_ Are you actively striving for peace or have your hands drooped and knees become weak?
_ Are there areas of your life where a “root of bitterness” has sprung up?
_ How can you model peace to others to heal what is out of place?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?