Today is Friday, December 15, 2017. In thinking about what it means to pursue or seek peace, I was having a hard time making it concrete. As I thought about things people seek, I thought about the phrase “adventure seekers”, people who are highly committed to valuing and prioritizing adventure in their lives. So I did a quick google search for “peace seekers” and found articles on buddhism and conflict-avoiding mentalities. But I think both are missing a crucial understanding of what true peace is and what it means to truly seek it. What if we were fully committed to the Prince of Peace and the peace He brings? What it we were True Peace-Seekers? --Monica
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What would you say you seek in life? (Like adventure-seeker). Fill in the blank: I am a ___________-seeker. Why do you seek this?
_ What does the world mean by the word peace?
Thank God for His Spirit who He has given us who opens our eyes to His truth and for His Word. Thank Him that Jesus is our Prince of Peace and came to open a way up to true and lasting peace. Pray that God’s peace would come on earth as it is in heaven and invade our lives.
DISCOVER [1 Peter 3:8-12, Psalm 34:14]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For
“Whoever desires to love life
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking deceit;
11 let him turn away from evil and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
“Turn away from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.”
_ In vs. 8-9 what are Christians called to cultivate? What are we to avoid? Do these attributes connect with peace at all?
_ In vs 9 Peter charges us to “bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” What do you think it means that we were called to bless? What blessing may we obtain by blessing others?
_ Peter quotes from Psalm 34-12-14 in vs 10-12. How is peace connected with righteousness and goodness?
_”Seek peace and pursue it.” Why do you think that Peter echoes this idea of peace from the Old Testament psalmist for a New Testament audience?
_ What does this passage teach us about Jesus?, Power?, His Spirit?, or our calling as believers? "
+ 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 willing to seek and pursue peace? If so, are you or is there something standing in your way?
_ Are you willing to “turn away from evil and do good?” Do you need to confess and refocus on the Prince of Peace and what he has done for us to establish true peace for us?
_ Are you extending this peace that was shown to you by God to others?+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
_ Is there someone you can show God’s peace to, to whom you can offer blessing?
_ Is there someone who is reviling you that you respond to with blessing?