Series: United in the Gospel
United in the Gospel- Peace with God
July 12, 2020 | Jim Hodge
Peace with God is possible...
I. Through a new relationship with God. (vs 1-2).
“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins……were by nature children of wrath…” Ephesians 2:1,3
“And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind….” Colossians 1:21
“…and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.” Ephesians 2:16
II. Through a new purpose of suffering. (vs 3-5)
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds….” James 1:2
III. Through a new view of reconciliation. (vs 6-11)
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God….” 1 Pet. 3:18
“We love (Him) because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
“…..he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him…” Col. 1:22
“When peace like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know It is well, it is well, with my soul.”
- Life is a battle for the Christian, but no longer a battle with God. What does it mean for you to have peace with God?
- What are some battles you still have today that can disturb the peace of God in your daily life?
- Why would anyone want to stay at odds with another person? Why with God?
- Read and discuss: Isaiah 9:6; 53:6; Matthew 11:28-30; Luke 1:77-79; 2:14; John 14:27; Acts 10:36; Eph. 2:14-17; 6:15 (where 'peace' is a one word summary of the Gospel); Philippians 4:4-7; Col. 1:20; 3:15; Heb. 10:19-23)
- We can rejoice in suffering because we have peace with God. What does suffering do for us and through us that causes us to rejoice? (2 Cor. 6:3-10; 11:16-12:10, Heb. 12:1-11) Pray for God’s people to enjoy our peace and rejoices always.