JESUS – OUR PEACETRANSCRIPTION OF THIS SERMON
- Who Jesus is (v. 1:15-19)
- What Jesus did (v. 1:20)
- The Bible uses the word peace to refer to wholeness, completeness, integration and harmony. Sin steals and kills pieces of our heart, leaving incompleteness and lack of peace. What pieces of your heart have been wounded, devastated leaving empty holes and lack of peace?
- Nature abhors a vacuum and so does your heart. Those holes in your heart will be filled with something to find peace and wholeness. What things do you typically seek to fill the emptiness and lack of peace with? How is it working for you? What would it look like to invite Jesus into those spaces?
- Peace begins with God (2 Thess. 3:16), is experienced within (Philippians 4:7), and is extended and pursued with others (Romans 12:18;14:19). Do you know peace with God? Within? With others? Which one of those is most difficult?
- What did Jesus do to pursue peace with us? What does it look like to follow His lead in pursing peace at home, church, work and community?
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.