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Peace House 2 – Peace Inside the House

Peace House – How can a home bring peace to a neighborhood?

Peace – a state of being in good health: able to function at full capacity, able to rest, and free from conflict or danger in every area of your life and in every relationship.

“Since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.” Romans 5:1

“This righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in safety, quietly at home. They will be at rest.” Isaiah 32:17-18

Receiving forgiveness for yourself and giving forgiveness to others (those in your home).

Personal Salvation – receiving forgiveness and then “forgive us as we forgive,” Luke 11:4

“Since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be saved by the life of His Son.” Romans 5:10

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9

“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14-15

“If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won the person back.” Matthew 18:15

Forgiveness – extending the grace & mercy of Father God, through Jesus, to those who have hurt us despite the fact that they don’t deserve it. Letting go of our right to punish that person.

God cares about what you have suffered. He will punish the guilty. He will forgive the repentant who rely on Jesus.

What promise are we making when we forgive?

“I will not:

– dwell on this incident.

– bring up this incident again and use it against you.

– talk to others about this incident.

– let this incident stand between us or hinder our personal relationship.”

“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.” “For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”  Colossians 3:12-15 

What do I do?

  1. Receive forgiveness by faith in Jesus
  2. Ask God for help
  3. Inventory
  4. Follow the directions
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Peace House Part 1 God’s Purpose

How can a home bring peace to a neighborhood?

The “Shalom” Peace of God is a significant theme of Scripture. In Judges chapter 6, Gideon comes away from an interaction with God saying “the Lord is peace”.

Jesus the “Messiah” sent for our salvation is about peace:

Messiah predicted as the “Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Zechariah’s prophecy that the Messiah would guide us into the “path of peace” in Luke 1:77-79

Angels announced Messiah’s birth with, “Glory to God. Peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:14

God given purpose in a peaceful home:

“The Lord…blesses the home of the upright.” Proverbs 3:33

Mary and Martha’s home Luke 10:38-42

Jesus tells his followers to serve a town and minister from a home that has offered hospitality. Mark 6 Luke 9, 10

We see Jesus’ followers following His instructions “house to house,” in Acts 2.

God given purpose in peacemaking:

“the Kingdom of God…is a life of righteousness, peace, joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17

“Search for peace and work to maintain it.” Psalm 34:14

“Work for the peace of the city…pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.” v 7 Jeremiah 29:5-14

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Speak Life

It’s time for us to encourage people by talking about the hope in Jesus. God tells Ezekiel to speak life to people who are hopeless in Ezekiel 37:1-14 Jesus quotes Isaiah 61:1-2 when He reveals His identity as Messiah. In this, He speaks of freedom and comfort for the brokenhearted.  These words are directed at specific people. They help us see what God is like, what God cares about, how God thinks & acts.

Are you dead? Is there an area of your life that is dead? Is there a relationship in your life that is dead? Do you know someone who is dead? Someone who is hopeless?

It’s time for us to encourage people by talking about the hope in Jesus.

Please understand that we never recommend speaking to someone outside of the context of personal relationship where you are showing love by asking questions, listening, learning, and praying for this person on your own time.

It’s time to speak life. The promise of God within the context of a personal relationship with God, through Jesus Christ.

God loves you. I care about you.

There is nothing too hard for God.

Peace is possible.

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The Way

Jesus is the way to a personal relationship with a loving God.

“There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.” Luke 23:44-56, 24:1-47

The trial, crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus:

Matthew 27, 28  Mark 14, 15, 16  Luke 22, 23, 24  John 18, 19, 20, 21  Acts 1

“What makes God’s gift of grace so costly is that Jesus paid for it with His life. What makes it so powerful is that He came back from the dead, proving that He is the Son of God and that God accepted His sacrifice as payment for our sin.” – Steve Murrell

“God so loved,” John 3:16-17  “For everyone has sinned,” Romans 3:23-25

“So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift.” Romans 4:16

“He was handed over to die because of our sins, and He was raised to life to make us right with God.” Romans 4:25

“…we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son.” Romans 5:6-11

Guilt Removed  Relationship Restored

Receive and Respond  Repent and Believe    Jesus is the way to a personal relationship with a loving God.

Live out your “Thank You!”  Live like Jesus share His love.

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Jesus Our Passover Lamb

On this Palm Sunday, we remember why people were so happy to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem, in Mark 11. That is the way that Jesus changed our relationship with God. Jesus explained at this means, in Mark 14, at a Passover meal. Today we can receive His gift and respond by living out of our “Thank You”. In this way we can, “live like Jesus and share His love.”

Mark 11:1-10
Romans 6:23
Exodus 12:14
John 1:29
1 Peter 1:18-19
Hebrews 4:14-16
Hebrews 9:11-15

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Good Neighbor 4

Jesus tells a story to explain how we should respond to God’s love, by showing love to others. This story gives a specific example of using cash and credit. You’ll never guess what this has to do with chocolate.

Luke 10:25-37
Matthew 25:14-30
Matthew 6:20-21
Ecclesiastes 5:10
Hebrews 13:5
1 Timothy 5:8
1 Timothy 6:10
Proverbs 3:9
Proverbs 13:11
Proverbs 21:20
Proverbs 22:1
Proverbs 27:23-27
1 Timothy 6:17-19
Hebrews 13:6-14

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Good Neighbor 3 Commitment

When I love God, I can live like Jesus and share His love. It is possible for me to see a need and meet it, out of compassion & with courage. When I take action, God cares about the follow through. In our lives the love of Jesus should be seen in our level of commitment.

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Good Neighbor 1

Jesus answers an important question with a story and another question, in Luke 10:25-37, “Who was his neighbor?”. Let’s learn what it means to be a good neighbor. Jesus describes heart-felt action connecting the love of God, our resources, with the need of another. His instructions start with compassion. We can see compassion in Harriet Ann Jacobs.

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What do I do when I mess up?

We can learn how to process our mistakes and find freedom.  “If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us,” 1 John 1:9  This talk will help you with the reality of life. Joy can grow from this exercise.

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