God’s City of Shalom – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week, Pastor Deric continues the series ‘Shalom’ with a message titled ‘God’s City of Shalom’ based on Isaiah 26:1-13.
  1. It’s a peaceful city 
  2. It’s a gated city  
  3. It’s an active city 
  4. It’s a protected city

ICEBREAKER: What are you doing these days to try to stay in physical shape?

1. Isaiah 26 begins with a psalm of praise to be sung in the future (“in that day”) for the faithfulness of the LORD to protect His people. Salvation is likened to the walls, bulwarks and gates of a fortified city [Isaiah 26:1-2]. What does it look like to “keep faith” so one can enter into God’s refuge [cf. Psalm 24:3-6; 2 Timothy 4:7-8; and Revelation 21:1-7]?

2. According to Isaiah 26:3, what is key to unlocking God’s perfect peace in your life [cf. Jeremiah 17:7-8; John 14:27; and Philippians 4:6-7]?

3. The Scriptures often highlight the battle between humility and pride in human hearts. What are the outcomes of each attitude as depicted in Isaiah 26:4-6 [cf. Matthew 23:11-12; James 4:6, 10; 1 Peter 5:5]?

4. What are some benefits to living righteously according to Isaiah 26:7-9 [cf. Psalm 23:3; Psalm 25:4-5; and Matthew 6:25-34]?

5. The sad reality for many in our day, as in Isaiah’s, is presuming on the grace and mercy of God by persisting in sin [Isaiah 26:10-11]. How can believers graciously but clearly communicate the prospect of God’s impending judgment [cf. John 3:16-21; Romans 2:1-11; and 2 Peter 3:3-10]?

6. Isaiah 26:12-13 sing a note of hope for God’s oppressed people. What can believers anticipate for their future [cf. Psalm 29:11; Psalm 119:165; and Isaiah 9:6-7]?

7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

“I’m not looking for peace on earth through a political solution. I’m a pastor. The Bible talks about three kinds of peace. There is peace with God. There’s the peace of God. And there’s peace with each other.” (Rick Warren)