Politics of Jesus| Ecosystem of Peace

We live in an angry world. We think we need our anger. But Jesus calls the church to be a space of radical reconciliation where former enemies become friends.

This Week's Action Step: 

Settle Matters Quickly

 

Small Group

Small Group Questions:

Big Ideas

·      Jesus has asked us to be a community of peace in an angry world.

·      Peace is not just avoiding anger, but it is pursuing reconciliation.

Questions

 When is the last time you were really angry?

 A recent study shows that half of Americans are angrier today than they were a year ago.

 Why do you think that is? Why are we getting angrier?

I said anger is a substitute emotion, meaning when something happens that causes us pain, we’ll substitute the pain we feel for anger because we would rather feel angry than sad.

Have you experienced that to be true in your life? Name an instance.

We noted that the goal of Jesus’s teaching here is not about avoiding anger but about aggressively pursuing reconciliation.

Why is it important to keep this big picture in mind? To keep in mind that the goal is a community of radical reconciliation and not just a community that avoids anger?

Name a person you are angry with and a person who is angry with you.

How can you take steps toward reconciliation with those people?

Songs from Today

Faithful To The End by Brian Johnson, Hannah McClure, Joel Taylor, and Paul McClure

Mercy by Amanda Cook and Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger

Jesus We Love You by Hannah McClure, Kalley Heiligenthal, and Paul McClure

Miracles by Chris Quilala, Dustin Smith, Joshua Silverberg, and Stuart Garrard

O Come To The Altar by Christopher Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, and Wade Joye