This week, Pastor Chris continued in our sermon series called Christmas Peace. God offers us an authentic, biblical peace available through relationship with Jesus our King. When we come to Jesus, connect with Him and allow Him to change us, we experience a peace the world cannot offer. We can only have true peace in our life when we rest in Jesus’ presence.

Mark 4:39 (ESV)
39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

Matthew 2:1–3 (ESV)
1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him;

Christmas Peace

1. Peace is part of the fruit of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22–23 (ESV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Acts 12:5–7 (MSG)
5 All the time that Peter was under heavy guard in the jailhouse, the church prayed for him most strenuously. 6 Then the time came for Herod to bring him out for the kill. That night, even though shackled to two soldiers, one on either side, Peter slept like a baby. And there were guards at the door keeping their eyes on the place. Herod was taking no chances! 7 Suddenly there was an angel at his side and light flooding the room. The angel shook Peter and got him up: “Hurry!” The handcuffs fell off his wrists.

2. Peace comes from God our Father.

Colossians 1:2 (ESV)
2 To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

3. We receive peace with God through the blood of the cross.

Colossians 1:20 (ESV)
20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Colossians 3:12–15 (ESV)
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

For the…
• Broken heart, God gives us comforting peace.
• Confused heart, He gives us guiding peace.
• Shamed heart, He gives us forgiving peace.
• Worried heart, He gives us confident peace.

Philippians 4:6–7 (NLT)
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

John 16:33 (ESV)
33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

How do you know if you are at peace?

  1. Able to rest
  2. Patient and positive attitude
  3. Settled feeling
  4. Buoyant Joy

Matthew 11:28 (ESV)
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

1. Come to Jesus

Matthew 11:29a (ESV)
29 Take my yoke upon you

2. Connect with Jesus

Matthew 11:29 (ESV)
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

3. Let Jesus change you.

Matthew 11:30 (MSG)
30 Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” C.S. Lewis

Discussion Questions:

  1. Pastor Chris talked about how control can be linked to feelings of anxiety. Are there ways this could be true for you? Are you holding control over areas of your life causing a lack of peace?
  2. Under the “Peace comes from God our Father” section, God gives specific peace for the broken, confused, shamed, worried. Could you resonate with these and is there a specific way you need God to meet you with peace in this season?
  3. Look back through the list of “how do you know if you are at peace?” section. Do any of these stand out as attributes you already possess? Are you lacking any of these in your heart and are in need of greater peace?

Application Questions:

  1. Read Philippians 4:6-7 again and follow it step by step. “Don’t worry about anything”; sit with the Lord this week and ask if there is anything you worry about regularly, writing them down. “Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done”; thank God for all He has done for you and then pray for each situation that brings you stress. “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus”; ask for God’s peace to fill your heart and guide you this week.

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