Living in Peace – Max Oates


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This week, Pastor Max continues the series ‘Shalom’ with a message titled ‘Living in Peace’ based on 2 Corinthians 13:11.
 

1. Peace is birthed out of Joy.

2. Peace grows in Relationship.

3. Peace is founded on Holiness.

4. Peace blossoms with Unity.

5. Peace is coextensive with Love.
 

ICEBREAKER: What do you rebel against?

1. Surprisingly, some in the early church were not fans of the Apostle Paul. In 2 Corinthians, he defended his apostleship, outlining the price he had paid for serving Christ faithfully. Why does suffering play such an important role in the Christian life [cf. Matthew 5:10-12; Philippians 3:10-11; and James 5:10-11]?

2. As Paul wrapped up 2 Corinthians, he gave a series of five commands followed by a promise. The form of each command calls for continuous activity from every believer. How is it possible for us to “rejoice” as a habitual way of life [cf. Psalm 40:16-17; Luke 10:20; Philippians 4:4-7; and 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18]?

3. In addition to being called to continuous obedience, these commands are all plural. The call to “aim for restoration” borrows a term sometimes used in the mending of fishing nets [cf. Mark 1:19]. How does this word picture help you repair torn relationships? Consult also Romans 15:1-6; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Galatians 6:1-2; and James 5:19-20 for further insights.

4. How is the promise of God’s presence in your life bringing you continual comfort and encouragement during your difficulties [cf. Luke 16:25; 2 Corinthians 1:3-7; 2 Corinthians 7:5-7]?

5. How is it possible for believers to “agree with one another”, and why is this critical to our mission to the world [cf. John 13:34-35; Romans 12:16; Philippians 2:1-4; and Colossians 3:1-4]?

6. The final command in this list promising “the God of love and peace will be with [you]” calls for us to continually “live in peace”. How do we do this, and what would it look like? Look up Romans 12:18; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13; Philippians 1:27; and 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15 for more clues.

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

“Peace comes when there is no cloud between us and God. Peace is the consequence of forgiveness, God’s removal of that which obscures His face and so breaks union with Him.” (Charles H. Brent)