Community Group Questions 10/27/13

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Weekly Training Tip

This week we're talking about the Living On One movie we're showing next week.

Here's the video:

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Announcements:

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Living On One Showings

  • We've been talking about a documentary about 4 college students who moved to Guatemala to live among the impoverished and live on $1 a day.

  • We will be showing that movie here, in the auditorium, for free, next week.

  • There will be two showings:

    • Tuesday, November 5th @ 7PM

    • Thursday, November 7th @ 7PM

  • There will be no Community Group that week because we will all be going to see the movie together on either Tuesday or Thursday.

Sermon Title: Invincible, Part 7: Peacemakers

Main Texts: Matthew 5:9, Colossians 1:19-20

REMINDER: The following Topics are for your preparation purposes only and should not be shared with the group as a refresher.

Topics:

  • The seventh beatitude is: “Blessed are the peacemakers.” When we think of peacemakers we may think of someone that steps in the middle of a fight. Someone who brokers peace between two parties. And that is certainly the type of thing Jesus is talking about. But there are other types of peacemaking that we can be a part of.

  • Peace is a key concept in the Old Testament. The word “shalom” may be the most well known Hebrew word. It means peace, but not merely to stop fighting. It is a rich word, pregnant with meaning. It means harmony, thorough prosperity. In fact, the city Jerusalem has the ending salem--a derivative of shalom.

  • Jesus came to make peace.

  • This would have been unexpected for those contemplating as to whether He was the Messiah or not. The Jewish people have a long history of deliverers that made war. They had mighty warriors who rose up and fought to deliver their people: Joshua, Gideon, Samson, David, etc.

  • They probably expected the coming Messiah to be a mighty warrior who would defeat the Romans. But surprisingly Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers.”

  • So in what way did Jesus make peace?  Colossians 1:19-20 says

    1. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

  • Jesus made peace between us and God. But there was still blood shed. It was His own blood. The type of peacemaking Jesus did was self-sacrificing.

  • He wasn’t here to fight earthly enemies. He fought the evil powers of death and sin and conquered them.

  • What makes it even more significant is that He fought for us. We often forget why that is so significant… we were His enemies. We had rebelled against God. We have broken His commands. He died for His enemies, and made peace between us and God.

  • Now He calls for us to be on a mission of peace.

  • When you think about it peace-making, or shalom-making pretty much summarizes our calling. This world is in total disarray and it can almost always be boiled down to conflicts. We are peacemakers.

  • We help people make PEACE WITH GOD

    1. we share the truth of what Jesus did to make peace. No peace offering on their parts will do. It requires Jesus.

  • We help people make PEACE WITH EACH OTHER

    1. do we take action to bring peace to those around us?

    2. even in little ways, we can avoid gossip, divisiveness, etc.

    3. do we take action to be a solution for peace around the world?

  • We help people make PEACE WITH US

    1. is there anyone we need to forgive?

Key Questions:

  1. What was the high point of your week and what was the low?
  2. Read Matt 5:9
  3. When you think of a peacemaker, what do you think of?
  4. How is the idea of a peacemaker a pretty good summary of the entire calling of a Christian?
  5. Where in your life do you have the opportunity to help people make peace with God?
  6. What are practical ways you can help make peace in your family, between your friends, and other people in your life?
  7. What are ways we can actually stir up strife between others?
  8. Why is it hard to forgive someone?
  9. What is the danger of unforgiveness?
  10. How do we forgive but also create boundaries so that someone doesn’t hurt us again? What is the difference?
  11. Is there someone that God is prompting you to forgive?

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