WordServe 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
– 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?
– 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!
- Quotations to stir the heart and mind on “Blessed are the Peacemakers” from Christianity Today
- Rick Warren Devotional on “Blessed are the Peacemakers”
What does Shalom mean to a Christian?