Community Group Homework
For the week of November 21, 2016
1. Have you ever gone a little too crazy trying to get in on a Black Friday deal? If so, what was it for and was it worth it?
2. Must watch: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or football?
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
TALK ABOUT IT
This week, the Washington Post shared an article about how to make it through your family Thanksgiving after all of the political division of the past weeks. Maybe that’s an issue for you or maybe it’s something else. Your uncle is bringing his new wife to dinner and everyone’s on edge. Your brother-in-law is always looking to argue – about anything. One of the things that Jesus calls us to be is a peacemaker.
What do you think it means to be a peacemaker?
“Turn the other cheek.” Ever heard that one before? Jesus said it to His followers when He told them how to respond if someone struck them. He went on to tell them to go the extra mile for others and give more than we are asked to. Jesus takes peace and being a peacemaker seriously.
Tonight we are going to look at some passages about living peacefully with others. Read them together and discuss them as a community group.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s
wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
– Romans 12:17-19
– We are to live at peace with everyone, “as far as it depends on you”. How do we do that in combative situations?
– What are some of the non-peaceful responses described in this passage? Are you ever tempted to respond in this way? Why or why not?
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. – Ephesians 4:2-3
– What are some of the character qualities of a peacemaker that are described in this passage? Which one is the most stretching for you personally?
– We are to make every effort to keep unity. How do we do that without becoming a doormat for others?
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. – Matthew 5:38-42
– What does it mean to go the extra mile as a peacemaker?
– Being a peacemaker requires great faith. Faith that you can trust God with a negative situation rather than responding in like kind to people. Have you ever had to trust a situation like that to God? What happened?
WRAPPING IT UP
Pray that everyone in your community group would reflect Christ as peace makers this holiday season.
Before you go, take time to pray together as a group for the needs any of you may have.