Welcome to Day 5 in our Hope is Here Bible Study. Today’s post was written by Denis Johnson the Worship and Teaching Pastor at, The Father’s House, in Rochester, New York. Check out the entire Hope is Here message series at http://www.tfhny.org.
Day 5 – The Power of Peace
As citizens of the United States of America, the divisions that exist in our nation have been greatly illuminated more than usual in the recent years. Daily we are confronted with the divisions amongst cultural groups, political groups, socioeconomic groups, and even gender. In today’s reading, we see that Jesus himself is peace, and Jesus is the solution to our divisions. Today we will see the power of Jesus’ peace that makes us a part of one family.
READ: Ephesians 2:11-22
11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
REFLECT: Take a moment to answer the following questions in a journal or the notes app on your phone… and then leave a comment below about what you learned.
- Question 1: What does it mean for you to live as a citizen and member of God’s household?
- Question 2: In what ways can you be built up together with other members of the household in this next season of life?
RESPOND: Pray for the specific dividing walls that you want to see Jesus our peace break down.
Leave a comment below and share what you are learning.