TiO 15 – Peace On Earth – Peace for Some
The Main Idea
When we hear the story of the angels declaring “peace on earth” we often think that this is a universal declaration: that all people in all places are to have peace. But it is clear from both observation and from scripture that peace is a commodity that is hard to find. So, what does “peace on earth” mean to us?
Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)
Q1: Have you ever been in a war zone? Tell that story.
Q2: What does peace mean to you?
Q3: People say they want “peace and quiet” … how important is that for you?
Read the main passage aloud: Luke 2:14
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favours!”
“The gospel is neither good nor news”: that has been said about what the church today proclaims. Clearly, if our message is the same as the world’s message then the church is irrelevant and the news that Jesus came to proclaim is out of date and unnecessary. But when Jesus talks of peace, when the angels declared peace, and when we tell the good news of peace we are not simply talking about an end to war and an end to conflict. There is something more profound going on.
Q1: When you speak (or think) of peace in your own life, what are you personally looking for?
Q2: One could say that peace comes with a price: what are the prices that we must pay for peace in our lives?
Pray together for peace and for each of you as agents of peace in the world that you touch everyday.