16 May 1993

Basics study: Week 5

Week 5: Peace

This lesson is part of an 8-week study series on the basics of Christian life.

6:30 - 6:45 Gather, socialize.
6:45 - 7:20 Eat.
7:20 - 7:25 Sing.
7:25 - 7:30 Discuss pledges. Are they helping?
7:30 - 9:10 Study/discussion.
9:10 - 9:20 Take prayer requests.
9:20 - 9:30 Pray.

Open in prayer.

7:30 Refresher

  1. What is a key word which we should remember in connection with prayer?
    • relationship - John 15:5-8
  2. What are some things which can interfere with this relationship?
    • unconfessed sin - Psalm 32:1-5
    • lack of forgiveness - Matthew 6:14-15

7:35 Read Psalm 119:165; Isaiah 57:20-21; Psalm 37:35-37.

  1. What do these Old Testament writers say about peace?
    • comes through God's law
    • denied to the wicked

7:40 Turn to Psalm 4:1-8.

poetry, not doctrine

Suggest more in depth personal study at your leisure.

  1. What does David recognize as the source of peace? v. 8
  2. What are some factors he refers to which lead up to v. 8?
    • God's mercy, prayer - v. 1
    • avoid false gods - v. 2
    • set apart by the Lord - v. 3
    • In your anger do not sin - v. 4
    • Offer right sacrifices, trust in the Lord - v. 5
    • shine the light of the Lord's face - v. 6
    • the Lord fills our heart with joy - v. 7
    • the Lord makes me dwell in safety - v. 8
  3. Which of these are up to us, and which are up to God?
  4. Is there one sentence or phrase you could use to summarize what this Psalm says about a life of peace?
    • relationship with God
    • "the Lord" = "Yahweh", "Jehovah", the personal name of God

(optional) Turn to Isaiah 9:6-7.

  1. What does the prophet promise in the way of future peace?
  2. Do you think this prophecy has been fulfilled?

7:45 Turn to Isaiah 53:5.

  1. What was it that brought us peace?
  2. In what sense was this so? Romans 5:1
  3. Do you think this prophecy has been fulfilled?

7:50 Turn to John 14:25-27.

  1. How is the peace Jesus gives to us different from the way the world gives?
    • world expressions of peace are only longing or wish - NIV study note

7:55 Turn to John 16:33.

  1. Does Jesus promise that we will be free of struggles?
  2. What does he promise?
  3. How can Jesus help us to have peace when we face troubles in the world?
    • final victory is his
  4. 8:00 How does what we studied last week about prayer relate to finding peace?

8:05 Read Matthew 13:22.

  1. What is the danger of letting our worries overwhelm us?

8:10 Turn to Philippians 4:4-9.

  1. In v. 5, what is our cause for rejoicing and our source of peace?
  2. What does gentleness to all have to do with inner joy and peace?
  3. Do we "rejoice in the Lord always"? Why not?
  4. How do we do at following the command, "Do not be anxious about anything?"
  5. Does it mean we should never be concerned?
    • Bible dictionary - "keep on being"
  6. What should be our response when we find ourselves feeling anxious? v. 6-7
  7. What does "thanksgiving" have to do with it?
  8. What does it mean to "guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus"?
  9. How is "the peace of God" different from the "Don't worry, be happy" attitude?
  10. Why is it important to focus on good things (v. 8)?
  11. How is this related to having peace?
  12. What would be a practical application of v. 8?
  13. How can we learn to focus on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable? Is it something we can practice? Will we?

8:25 Turn to 1 Peter 5:6-7.

  1. Does being humble have anything to do with anxiety?
  2. Would a lack of humility make us more inclined to take back anxieties we have supposedly cast on God?

8:30 Turn to Matthew 6:25-34.

  1. What should be our attitude toward physical things?
  2. Does this mean we should never plan ahead?
  3. What does freedom from worries and anxieties allow us to do? v. 33
  4. How does our society make it difficult to maintain this attitude?
  5. Do we ever find ourselves worrying over food, clothes, or things even less important? Why? What should we do about it?

(optional) Turn to Luke 10:38-42.

  1. What is the "one thing" that is needed?
  2. Can this story influence the way we view social occasions?

8:45 What are some issues we tend to worry about?

  1. How can we help each other to worry less about them?

Topic for next week: Overcoming temptation

Memory verse for next week: 1 Corinthians 10:13 or 1 John 4:4.

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