All Christ-followers are called to be peacemakers and "make every effort" to pursue peace with God, peace with God's people, and peace with all men. Peacemaking in the biblical sense is bringing the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus into broken situations and hurting hearts, despite painful circumstances.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What is one thing from this teaching that you found particularly helpful, insightful, or difficult to grasp?
- Is peace reliant on situations or circumstances? Why or why not?
- Read and discuss Matthew 5:1-10. What do you observe about the person of Christ? What does this indicate about the nature of man? What observations do you note about the sequence of the Beatitudes?
- Can you think of any examples you've seen or experienced of peacebreaking, peacefaking and/or peacemaking?
- Do you tend to lean more toward peacebreaking or peacefaking? What would it look like for you to move more toward peacemaking?
- Are you a child of God? Why or why not? How is this related to having peace, making peace and bringing peace?
- How is the good news of Jesus Christ God's terms for peace & peacemaking?
- Is there a situation, circumstance or relationship in your life where you need to "make every effort to do what leads to peace" (Romans 14:19)? What would it look like to bring the gospel into that? Spend some time in prayer with your small group about it.