When you turn on the TV and watch the news, it shows us that we live in a world of violence.
There is a hunger and a cry for peace in all corners of the Earth and in our own hearts. And
there is a call for people to be peacemakers. In this message Paul Kiss kicks off our new series,
Peacemakers. Listen as we focus on Matthew 5:9; Ephesians 2:14 and discover that Jesus is our
model for what it means to be a peacemaker.
Jesus, Our Model for Peace
Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: April 8, 2018
1. A World of Violence
Text: Genesis 4:1-10; 6:9-13
2. Jesus: Our Model for Peace
Text: Isaiah 9:6; Romans 5:1; 2 Corinthians 5:17-19; Ephesians 2:14-18; Mark 5:24-34
3. Called to be Peacemakers
Text: Matthew 5:9, 38-48; James 3:17-18; John 20:21; Romans 14:19, 12:18
“When things are the way they are supposed to be in human life, Shalom exists. There is Shalom when we can look God in the eye and know there is no guilt or debt. There is Shalom when we as humans can look each other in the eye and ask, ‘Are you happy to see me? Or is there still something between us?’ and we can answer with a laugh: ‘Everything is right between us!’ In fact, Shalom even means that we can ‘look creation in the eye’—God’s good creation in which we live.” – Timothy Geddert, God’s Shalom Project
1. When you think of the term “peace” what typically comes to mind?
2. In the sermon, Paul spoke about violence being infused into every facet of society and culture. What is your response to this statement?
3. Read Romans 5:1 and Ephesians 2:14-18. How does “shalom” with God affect our ability to have “shalom” with each other? What are the implications of “shalom” in our relationships? (Remember what Paul said about shalom).
4. Jesus calls all of his followers to be “Peacemakers.” What’s the difference between being a peacemaker and a peacekeeper?
5. Read James 3:17-18. The word that is often translated “righteousness” (dikaiósuné) in verse 18, can also be translated to mean “justice.” How does the meaning of these two verses change when “dikaiósuné” is translated to mean justice?
6. Read Luke 6:27-36. In relation to Matthew 5:9, “blessed are the peacemakers,” what is Luke wanting his readers to understand about peacemaking as a critical role for Christians in the world today? What is he telling us to take note of in these verses?
7. In your life as a peacemaker, what is one change that you think God might be asking you to make, in order to live out this radical calling of Jesus?
1. However you answer #7 above, consider applying it right now in your life and see what happens.
2. Go to Google Books and look up “God’s Shalom Project,” by Timothy Geddert. Read Chapter 2 – “God Has a Project.”