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“The Hard Work of Happiness” – audio sermon and study guide

02 Oct

Wordserve Logo_COLORWordServe Church Study Guide for Oct 5, 2014

  • Sermon Title: “The Hard Work of Happiness” (Dr. Nolan Donald)
  • Audio Link (check HERE on Sunday afternoon for the latest sermon)
  • Sermon Scripture: Matthew 5:9
  • Additional Study Texts:  James 3:13-19

Getting Started

–  As you reflect on Sunday’s message, what one principle or insight stands out as being particularly helpful, insightful, or difficult to grasp?

– What is your definition of peace?

Digging Deeper

– Using a Bible Dictionary, define “Peace.”

– How does this definition of peace differ from your own? What is the biggest surprise you discovered?

Read James 3:13-19

– What does being a peacemaker require? Describe what this looks like today.

– Compare and contrast the wisdom of the world with the wisdom from above. What impact do these have on being a peacemaker?

– How might you make the transition from the wisdom of the world to the wisdom from above?

– How would you attempt to convince others to make that transition from wisdom of the world to the wisdom from above in order to make peace?

– James uses the phrase, “… a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace…” Describe what this would look like plain English (no Christian jargon!)

Taking It Home

– Being a peacemaker is hard work. Why should we bother?

– Give an example of the “wisdom of the world” from your current situation.

– Describe what that same situation might look like with the “wisdom from above.”

– What might you do in that situation to usher in “wisdom from above” and be a peacemaker? Take a step this week towards the goal of being a peacemaker! Write it down and pray daily until that step is complete, then repeat the process through prayer and action!

Extras

  • Quotations to stir the heart and mind on “Blessed are the Peacemakers” from Christianity Today
  • Rick Warren Devotional on “Blessed are the Peacemakers”

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