BEATITUDES – Week 7: Making Peace
Matthew 5:9; Ephesians 2:11-22
Life Group Questions:
Our working definition of a peacemaker- “A peacemaker is someone to who is reconciled to God and knows that God is for peace and seeks reconciliation rather than strife or war.”
- How will a child of God resemble Him? (Matthew 5:9)
- How would you put the working definition of peacemaker in your own words?
- How do you live as a peacemaker daily? (home, workplace, social media)
- Pastor Luke shared that true peace is costly. How has true peace and reconciliation cost you?
- Read Ephesians 2:11-12. What do these verses about our past and life before Christ stir in you?
- Read Ephesians 2:13. What brings you near to God?
- What did you learn about Jesus as the Cornerstone of the Church?
- In what area of your life do you feel called to begin working and praying for peace?
- How can the finished work of Jesus bring about peace to those inside and outside the church?
Sermon Notes and Scripture:
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” – Matthew 5:9
- TO TREASURE THE FUTURE WE HAVE WITH JESUS, WE NEED TO REMEMBER WHERE WE’VE COME FROM.
11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands) 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. – Ephesians 2:11-13
- JESUS KNOCKED DOWN ANY DIVIDING WALL THAT CAN COME BETWEEN US.
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. – Ephesians 2:14-18
- SINCE DIVIDING WALLS HAVE BEEN TORN DOWN, THE CHURCH CAN BE BUILT UP.
19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. – Ephesians 2:19-22