I’ve decide I’m going to start posting our Sunday School outlines on the blog. This way, people will be able to quickly and easily look at what they might have missed in the event they were unable to attend. We’re truckin’ through God’s attributes right now and will probably be done with that section in the next three weeks. We’ve got righteousness, jealousy and wrath to cover still. Unless otherwise noted all definitions are quoted or adapted from Wayne Grudem’s incredibly helpful and thorough, “Systematic Theology.”
This past Sunday we talked about God’s peace.
Regarding God’s peace we affirmed, “God’s peace means that God and all he does is separate from all confusion and disorder.”
The idea of God’s peace comes from the Hebrew concept of “Shalom“, which refers to:
We then read through several passages of Scripture looking for examples of God’s peace.
We started in Genesis and the creation account and concluded the following. In the creation account, God’s peace is displayed in the following ways:
1. Order and organization in the days of creation and the design of creation
2. Order and organization in the creation of man and woman
3. No threat from creation toward man
4. No threat from God toward man
5. No experience of sin
We then asked ourselves, “What do we see in the Christian life that displays the peace of God?” To answer this we looked at Romans 5:1-11 and 8:1-11 and noticed the following.
1. Justification through faith in Jesus Christ displays God’s peace in our lives
2. Joy in our suffering displays God’s peace in our lives.
3. Salvation from God’s wrath displays God’s peace.
4. Reconciliation to God creates peace in our lives.
5. Our life being sustained by the life of Christ displays the peace of God.
In the end, the thought we came back to over and over again was from Romans 8:6-7, “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.“