December 30, 2018
In Isaiah 9:6, we find four names for God that apply to Jesus Christ. He is our “Wonderful Counselor”, our “Mighty God”, our “Everlasting Father”, our “Prince of Peace.”This weekend we will learn more about “Prince of Peace” as one of the names given to Jesus. Because we live in a world that is longing for peace, Prince of Peace is a wonderful name. The world we live in is not only longing for peace, but worrying about whether it ever will or can achieve real peace.
MAIN IDEA: Christ’s reign establishes peace, keeps peace, and creates people of peace.
What one thing spoke to your heart the most from the Word of God in these Scriptures?
What are things in life that make you feel ‘unsettled?’ What does the word ‘shalom’ communicate? What do we often think of when we hear the word ‘peace?’
Read Isaiah 9:6-7. What is implied by the idea that God must send a ‘Prince of Peace?’ How does the Prince of Peace ‘establish and uphold’ his kingdom of peace?
Read Isaiah 48:22 and 57:21. What is meant by the phrase ‘there is no peace for the wicked?’ Why is the peace of God dependent on righteousness? What does this mean for us?
Read Isaiah 54:11-17 – What is the description of the society that is marked by God’s ‘covenant of peace?’
Read James 3:18, Ephesians 2, and Romans 5:1 – What does the ‘peace’ through Christ create in his people? What does it look like for Christians to be marked by ‘peace?’
The Israelites would still not have wholeness even in returning from captivity. What does the statement ‘a change of address is not a change of heart’ mean? What are ways in which we try to secure peace on our own terms?
What are some areas in which you may feel ‘unsettled,’ ‘broken,’ or conflicted? Does the peace of Christ mean that we will not experience difficulty or trial? How might it be possible to experience peace even in the middle of great suffering?
What does it mean for Christians to be ‘ambassadors’ of the Prince of Peace? How should this designation change our relationships in the church? Outside of the church?