Relational Peace

Part 1 | Ephesians 2:14-20; Romans 14:10-12, 17-19 

December 11th - 17th, 2016

Warm Up: Open your time by reading Isaiah 9:6-7 and John 1:1-3,14 aloud. Soak in and ponder these verses for a few moments then begin in prayer. 

  • We were challenged with this thought on Sunday: Because we are one in Christ, we actively pursue peace.  
  • Discuss the following quote: “If the Lordship of Jesus Christ is not greater than any difference you have with others – be it political, racial, economic, language, geography or whatever, then you have not fully understood what it means to be under the Lordship of Jesus.” — Pastor David Guzik. Do you agree? Why or why not? Allow John 17:20-21 to help you think this through. 
  • God has initiated “vertical” peace with us through the gift of His Son, which we celebrate each Christmas (Isa. 9:6-7). He has also called us to actively pursue  “horizontal,” that is relational, peace with all (Rom. 12:18) Because so many of us see Jesus’ sacrifice as being such a precious personal gift, we inadvertently “cut the cross in half” but neglecting reconciliation, forgiveness, and relational peace in some of our relationships. 
  • What would a church which only emphasized personal forgiveness at the expense of relational forgiveness and reconciliation look like? 
  • Why is this so important for us as a body of believers to understand?
  • In what ways do you feel most challenged to walk in relational peace in this season of your life? 
  • How do we actively pursue peace with others? Read Romans 12:18, 14:18-19 and Matthew 5:9. As you look at these verses, remember the three take-a-ways were given on Sunday: 1. Every situation is different (Rom 12:18). 2. Commit to Relationship (Rom 14:18-19) and 3. Be a conflict resolver (Matt 5:9) Discuss each of these three areas and ask yourselves, how can we as The Shoreline family begin to actively pursue these in each of our lives?

Wrap up: Peace is action oriented. Apart from Christ the world we live in only knows strife and conflict. We, however, have been set apart to be His peacemakers!   Is there someone in your life that you need to reach out to? Close in prayer asking God for a heart of compassion, humility, forgivenesses, and the power to pursue peace with others this week.