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-God’s Peace Plan-

Ice-Breakers:

Sociologists have said that 90% of the friction in daily life is caused by the wrong tone of voice. In other words, often it’s not what we say, but how we say it that makes all the difference. Share an example of when you’ve experienced this truth.

Questions:

PEACE WITH OTHERS:

  1. Read Philippians 4:2-3. These ladies who are having a disagreement are Christians who have served the Lord faithfully. Why is it so damaging to the church when Christians can’t get along? What is Paul’s advice to fix this issue?

  2. Read Philippians 4:4. What would it look like if we took this command seriously?

  3. Read Philippians 4:5. Gentleness has to do with how we treat others, particularly how we respond to them in word and deed. What are some ways we can treat others with gentleness?

PEACE WITH OURSELVES:

  1. Read Philippians 4:6 and Matthew 6:25. Both Paul and Jesus command us to not worry. Experts tell us that 92% of what we worry about is either imagined, never happens, or is out of our control. But even in the 8% we have a God who can take care of us. Do you think worry is a choice? If so, how might we choose to resist worry when it comes into our lives?

  2. Read Philippians 4:6-7 and Matthew 7:7-11.

    • Why is it important to include God, even in the smallest details of our lives?

    • How might praying help reduce anxiety or worry?

    • Why is thanksgiving an essential part of our prayer life?

  3. Read Romans 12:17-21. What does this passage teach us about restoring broken relationships?

Application:

  • If you are lacking internal peace, begin the habit of turning every minute of worry into a minute of prayer.

  • If you have relational conflict with someone, unless you’re talking about a dangerous person or situation, go to that individual and try to reconcile.

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