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December 10, 2023

David McNeely, Senior Pastor

Turmoil is the result of conflict.

Wholeness is the result of peace.

Biblical peace is the absence of conflict and the presence of wholeness.

We must come to peace with our lack of peace.

"We make war that we may live in peace." - Aristotle

Ephesians 2:11-22

Remember where you were (v. 11-12)

  • Separated from Christ (12a)
  • Excluded from citizenship (12b)
  • Ignorant of the covenant (12c)
  • Without hope (12d)
  • Without God (12e)

See where you are (v. 13)

Know what Christ has done (v. 14-18)

  • He is our peace (14)
  • He brought us peace (15-18)

Understand the implications (v. 19-22)

  • We are the people of God (19)
  • We are being built (20-22)

Discussion Questions:

  1. How do most people handle conflict with other people? How do most people handle conflict with God?
  2. What is the difference between Christ being our peace and Christ bringing us peace?  
  3. What do you think will be the cost of peace for the church? In other words, will peace come easily, or will it require effort on our part?
  4. How does this passage challenge you? How does it comfort you?