TiO 15 – Peace On Earth – Shalom: True Peace

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The Main Idea

Peace is not supposed to be a fleeting experience for the follower of Jesus. The provision of peace is something that God has promised. Not just that, he has created a covenant (contract) to provide us with peace, even if everything else should crumble to the ground. This peace (shalom) is not what we would intuitively think it is, though.

Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)

Q1: Are you travelling for Christmas? Where?

Q2: Do you usually spend time with your family (immediate or extended) at Christmas?

Q3: What emotions come to mind when you think of Christmas and the Christmas season?

The Word

Read the main passages aloud: Isaiah 54:10

For the mountains may depart

and the hills be removed,

but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,

and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,

says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

Peace in our lives is a promise, it is a goal, and it can be our expectation. During this Christmas season, even as we celebrate many do not have peace: and this may describe your world.

Q1: In what areas of your life do you need peace, that knowledge of the wholeness of God and his calm in the midst of chaos?

Prayer

Pray together for the peace that only Jesus can bring.

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