Connection Points 4-8-18 (John 20:19-31, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
In the Gospel reading this week Jesus brings peace. Three times He says, “Peace be with you.” When the disciples were afraid and hiding, Jesus brought peace. When their faith was weak, Jesus brought peace. When Thomas refused to believe without proof, Jesus again brought peace. When we were lost and dead in our sin Jesus brought peace. When we struggle today with our sinful nature and our shame, Jesus brings peace. When we are worn out by the challenges of living in a broken world, Jesus brings peace.
Peace is not about hugs and high fives. Peace is not about everyone getting along. The peace Jesus brings is much greater. Jesus, through the cross and resurrection, gives us peace with God. He reconciles us to God. We can’t create this peace. Only Jesus can give us this kind of peace. As Romans 5:1 reminds us, “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” We now, through the power of the Spirit, get to share this peace with the world.
Connection Points Discussion Questions 4-8-18
- Read John 20:19-31, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Romans 5:1-11
- What do you remember most from the readings, sermon, or devotion?
- What is the first thing that jumps to mind when you hear the word peace?
- When two countries sign a peace treaty it is a good thing. But how is the peace Jesus brings different than a peace treaty between two countries?
- Why is Jesus the only one that can bring us peace with God?
- What role does faith play in our peace with God?
- What does peace with God actually mean?
- What is your reaction to this quote from C.S. Lewis, “Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties.”