Week 1: December 3 - 9 - PEACE

Weekly Family Devotion:

The world in which we live is often filled with chaos and conflict.  Yet, Jesus came and comes to bring PEACE.  In a word about Jesus from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, we read the following: “... And He will be called … Prince of Peace.  Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end....” (Isaiah 9:6-7)  The word used here for peace is from the Hebrew, Shalom, and speaks to the absence of war and also to the concept of a restoration of order and a setting-right of all things.  In a declaration about Jesus from the Apostle Paul, he says: “For He Himself is our peace.” (Ephesians 2:14)  The word used here is from the Greek, Eirene, and speaks to the absence of conflict between people and nations, but also to a state of order and wholeness.

Jesus came to bring peace - restoration, wholeness, and harmony - to our lives and our relationships.  He brings peace between us and God as He forgives our sin; He fills our life with His Spirit; He begins to heal our disordered lives and relationships.  Watch the video for this week from The Bible Project, and then take some time to discuss how Jesus brings you peace and how you can bring peace to the city/region in which you live.

The Bible Project's "Word Series for Churches" - PEACE


Daily Scripture Readings:

This first week’s readings focus on PEACE and prophecies about Jesus - the One who can bring peace to our city/region.

Sunday: Prophecy about the One offspring/child who will crush Satan: Genesis 3:15

Monday: Prophecy about the virgin birth: Isaiah 7:14

Tuesday: Prophecy about the the identity of the coming child: Isaiah 9:6-7

Wednesday: Prophecy re: the majesty & mission of the child/Servant-King: Isaiah 42:1-4

Thursday: Prophecy about the birthplace of the child: Micah 5:2

Friday: Prophecy about the forerunner of the Servant-King: Malachi 3:1

Saturday: Prophecy fulfilled: Jesus brings peace: Romans 5:1 & Colossians 3:15-17


Prayer for the Week:

“Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth. Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace. Let peace fill our heart, world, our universe.”  ~ from an unknown source … began to circulate around England in the 1980s


Song:

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel
O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o’er the grave
Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel
O come, Thou Key of David, come
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery
Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

Living Advent This Week:

Below are some simple ideas for you to live PEACE this week.

  1. Pray you would be an agent of peace and reconciliation in your city this week.

  2. Pray for God’s peace to come to everyone in the Treasure Valley this Christmas.

  3. Consider who you need to reconcile with and make plans to do it this week.

  4. Participate in the Angel Tree program by grabbing an angel on Sunday, or hooking up with a Home Group (call Justin McMurdie, Family & Groups Pastor, if you need help getting plugged in - 541.514.8027).