PEACE

Week of December 6, 2020

In week two, we'll focus on the Christmas theme of peace. Life can be complex, but God helps us put everything in its place. When God gives peace, He restores a sense of well-being in our lives and relationships. At Christmas, we remember that when God sends peace, He does it through a person. 


Below is a video to watch, followed by a Bible reading and discussion questions. Then, if you are using an advent wreath, there is a time to light a candle and pray. Finally, there are ideas for family adventures for week two. 

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BIBLE DISCUSSION

Video Question:

What is one idea that stood out to you when you watched the video on peace?


Review Isaiah 9:6-7 and read Luke 2:11-14.   

The verses in Isaiah look forward to the birth of the "prince of peace." In Luke, the angels announced the birth of a king and declared his peace. When we think about the idea of peace this Christmas, remember that God promises a well ordered life and restored relationships. 


Question: 

Why do you think it is important that God fulfills the promises of peace in the person of Jesus, and didn't just describe peace in a set of books or commands?


Read Matthew 5:9 and Colossians 3:14-15

These verses teach us how important it is for God's people to be characterized by peace (like Jesus). Matthew 5:9 reminds us to be peacemakers and Colossians 3:15 tells us that peace should rule, or be the "umpire," of our relationships.

  

Question 1: 

How might God's people change their families and communities when we are submitted to the peace of Christ, and committed to making peace? 

(HINT: God's peace is not just the absence of conflict, but restored lives and cooperative relationships.)  


Question 2: 

What is one thing you can do this week to apply the peace of Christ to your world?


Read Romans 5:1

Indeed, Jesus is our prince of peace because through his death, burial, and resurrection, he satisfied the penalty for our sin and made peace between God and other people. This peace is only available to those who trust Christ's sacrifice and call on him for salvation. Then, we can begin to truly experience peace in lives and relationships (Eph. 2:14-18). 


Question:

Have you trusted the finished work of Jesus for your salvation? (Click here for a short video to explain salvation more.)


Share your decision or ask a question here.>> 


ADVENT WREATH

If you are using an advent wreath, take a moment before dinner to light the first and second candle and pray with your family. 


Pray

Remember to include the biblical theme of peace in your prayer. Thank God for the peace of Christ and ask Him to help your family bring that well-being into all parts of life. 

FAMILY ADVENTURE

  1. Thankful for You
    Assign (or draw for) the names of all family members present.* Each person will write down (or draw a picture) of how they are thankful for the family member assigned to them: "You've been a Christmas blessing because...." This will give opportunity to express gratitude to God and to promote peaceful relationships with one another. 
    *If you're not with a group, then you could pick a friend or family member and just send a note or text.  

  2. Nativity Scene
    If you have one and haven't set it up already, set up a nativity scene. Then gather around it and discuss each part and person, what their experience around the coming of Jesus must have been like. Then spend some extra time focusing on the angel's message to the shepherds, “'Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!'” 
    How would YOU feel if you were a shepherd who just saw an army of angels declaring peace among mankind?

  3. Get any Christmas cards today? Use them as Prayer Reminders.
    Consider taking a moment each night until Christmas, maybe at dinner, to say a prayer for anyone who sent you a card that you received that day (or since your last prayer time). Pass that day's cards around so everyone can see them. Then say a prayer for the sender's well-being (peace) in all parts of life.