To stop waiting for peace and choose to live with it.
- Where would you find the most peace: the beach, the woods, a lake, a bookstore, or your couch?
- On a scale of 1-10, how peaceful was your Christmas this year?
- When you’re stressed and need some peace, what do you do?
Start by checking on how group members did with acting on last week’s sermon. How did they pass the baton of faith?
Ask eGroup members to share their favorite points from the sermon, what spoke to them, a phrase or moment from the sermon they related to the most, or questions they have. If members have a hard time recalling the sermon, talk through your notes and share your favorite points.
Remind your group that this message was about choosing to walk in peace now with the presence of God instead of waiting for situations to work out before we can have peace.
Start with Scripture
Read Luke 1:67-79.
- What stands out to you in this passage? Are there any parts that challenge you or your perspective?
- Where do you see stressful things in this passage? Where do you see peaceful things? Why do you think there are so often stressful things mentioned right next to peaceful things?
- Take it Further: Look at Luke 2:1-21. Where do you see stress and peace in the Christmas story? Where do you see people living with peace in a stressful situation? Can you identify with them, or would you have acted differently?
Make It Personal
- How would you define stress?
- What’s the source of your greatest stress? Why? Is it a pace, place, person, or problem?
- We often think if we can get through our stress, then we can find peace. Share about a stressful season in your life you wanted to be over, but when it was over, you didn’t find the peace you expected.
- Looking back, does that experience challenge you to live with peace now instead of waiting for it? How?
- Unmet expectations cause stress. Think about your stressful situation — what expectations of yours haven’t been met? How is that stealing your peace?
- When you think of finding peace in your current stressful situation, what things are you waiting on to happen? How are you depending on that pace, place, person, or problem to give you peace?
- The path of peace isn’t human strength — it’s weakness. Are there any weaknesses you have that are contributing to your stressful situation? How?
- What does it mean to make peace with a weakness? Are there practical and spiritual steps we can take to do that?
Act On It
- Think about your greatest source of stress. What do you need to make peace with in that situation so you can receive the strength and grace of God? Admit your weakness to God and ask for His strength. Trust Him to be with you, and live with peace instead of waiting for it.
- Talk to someone you know who is a peaceful person. Ask them how they keep their peace even when stressful things are happening around them. What habits do they have that you can copy?
Prayer Requests and Prayer
Ask eGroup members to share any prayer requests they have. Record any notes or prayer requests to pray for members during the week.
Give each person a piece of paper. On one side, have them write the source of their greatest stress. On the other side, have them write a weakness that is contributing to that stress. Put all the papers in the middle of the group, and pray for God to give each person grace and strength to live with peace no matter what is going on around them. Ask Him to work through those weaknesses so each person can experience His power, and pray that your group will live with peace this coming year instead of waiting for it.