Give Peace a Chance

Skip Heitzig

The desire for peace has always been part of human history. Activists protest for it, celebrities demand it, and pop culture makes it a memorable catchphrase, but humankind's natural inclination toward conflict has kept peace out of reach. True peace is so much more than the absence of conflict and its only source is the Prince of Peace. He alone offers a lasting peace that can't be found in or understood by this world. In this series, Skip Heitzig explores the theme of peace throughout the Bible, including internal, interpersonal, and eternal facets. Peace is possible.


 

Table of Contents

# SCRIPTURE: MESSAGE:
1 John 14:27 The Gift of Peace
2 John 13:34-35 All You Need Is Love
3 Matthew 5:9; Genesis 32-33 Making What Everybody Wants
4 Isaiah 26:1-4 When Peace Gets Personal
5 Philippians 4:1-7 How to Have Unfathomable Peace
6 Colossians 1:19-23 The World’s Greatest Peace Treaty
7 James 4:1-7 The Peace-Stealers
8 Isaiah 9:6-7 Peace on Earth—At Last!

 


 

SERIES: Give Peace a Chance
MESSAGE: The Gift of Peace
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: John 14:27
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4619

MESSAGE SUMMARY
With the Global Peace Index the lowest it’s been in a decade and the Misery Index at a high, it’s hard to believe that peace is within reach in today’s world. But peace is possible. Jesus promised it to His followers, and the only place you’ll hear about true peace is the church. In this teaching, Skip Heitzig begins a new series, unpacking four aspects of the peace Jesus promised believers in John 14:27.

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STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Recap Notes: February 7, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "The Gift of Peace"
Text: John 14:27

Path

With the Global Peace Index the lowest it's been in a decade and the Misery Index at a high, it's hard to believe that peace is within reach in today's world.But peace is possible. Jesus promised it to His followers, and the only place you'll hear about true peace is the church. In this teaching, Pastor Skip begins a new series, unpacking four aspects of the peace Jesus promised believers in John 14:27:

  1. This Peace Is Needful
  2. This Peace Is Relational
  3. This Peace Is Incomparable
  4. This Peace Is Responsible
Points

This Peace Is NeedfulThis Peace Is RelationalThis Peace Is IncomparableThis Peace Is ResponsiblePractice

Connect Up: In Zechariah 8:12, the Lord said, "I am planting seeds of peace and prosperity among you" (NLT). Earlier in the chapter, the Lord said He would be Israel's God "in truth and righteousness" (v. 8). Peace, truth, and righteousness flow from God and are attributes of His person. How is peace related to truth and righteousness? How are they unified in Christ?

Connect In: Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers" (Matthew 5:9). What are some practical things the church can do to bring peace to our community and to the world?

Connect Out: Christ is the believer's peace (see Ephesians 2:14). How would you explain to an unbeliever that in Christ, God is reconciling the world to Himself, bringing peace (see 2 Corinthians 5:19)? How can you creatively frame a conversation about the gospel around the topic of peace?

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OUTLINE


  1. This Peace is Needful

  2. This Peace is Needful

  3. This Peace is Incomparable

  4. This Peace is Responsible

Keywords: conflict, peace, Prince of Peace, stress, strife

 


 

SERIES: Give Peace a Chance
MESSAGE: All You Need Is Love
SPEAKER: Nate Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: John 13:34-35
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4621

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Everyone seems to have a cause these days. All of us want to be part of something bigger than ourselves. The problem is that we as the church won’t really succeed in changing the world if we only use the world’s tools and systems to do so. In this message, Nate Heitzig explains that if you want to see society truly change, you need God’s love.

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STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Recap Notes: February 14, 2021
Speaker: Nate Heitzig
Teaching: "All You Need Is Love"
Text: John 13:34-35

Path

Everyone seems to have a cause these days. All of us want to be part of something bigger than ourselves. The problem is that we as the church won't really succeed in changing the world if we only use the world's tools and systems to do so. If you want to see society truly change, you need God's love. In this teaching, Pastor Nate takes the following path through John 13:34-35:

  1. Love
  2. Love like Jesus
  3. Love like Jesus' Changes Lives
Points

LoveLove like JesusLove like Jesus' Changes LivesPractice

Connect Up: Agapaó focuses not on what love is, but on what love does. What has God done for you, not just on the cross—which would've been enough in and of itself—but throughout your life, even before you knew Him? How has His goodness led you to repentance?

Connect In: We are commanded to love our brothers and sisters in Christ. Read Romans 12:9-13 and 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. What's the difference between the world's love and the love we're to show one another?

Connect Out: We had a great opportunity this weekend to love on and bless people on the other side of the world through the Love Bomb. What are some practical, everyday ways you can show love to those physically closest to you—your family, friends, neighbors, and community? What are some roadblocks you've run into in loving others? How can you overcome those roadblocks?

OUTLINE


  1. Love

  2. Love like Jesus

  3. Love like Jesus’ Changes Lives

Keywords: action, activism, body of Christ, the church, forgiveness, kindness, love

 


 

SERIES: Give Peace a Chance
MESSAGE: Making What Everybody Wants
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:9; Genesis 32-33
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4623

MESSAGE SUMMARY
One of the easiest things in the world is to march for peace; one of the hardest things in the world is to make peace. What does it mean to be a peacemaker and how can it best be done? Today we consider the great beatitude of Jesus, “Blessed are the peacemakers” and the unique place of the child of God in this role. We also cover some practical steps to accomplishing it as shown in the life of Jacob and his estranged brother, Esau.

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STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Recap: February 21, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Making What Everybody Wants"
Text: Matthew 5:9; Genesis 32-33

Path

One of the easiest things in the world to do is march for peace; one of the hardest things in the world is to make peace. What does it mean to be a peacemaker and how can it best be done? In this teaching, Skip Heitzig considers the great beatitude of Jesus, "Blessed are the peacemakers" and the unique place of the child of God in this role. He also covers some practical steps to accomplishing it as shown in the life of Jacob and his estranged brother, Esau. His path is:

  1. Peacemaking Defined (Matthew 5:9)
  2. Peacemaking Demonstrated (Genesis 32:1-5)
  3. Peacemaking Detailed (Genesis 32-33)
  4. Peacemaking Detected (Matthew 5:9)
Points

Peacemaking Defined (Matthew 5:9)Peacemaking Demonstrated (Genesis 32:1-5)Peacemaking Detailed (Genesis 32-33)Peacemaking Detected (Matthew 5:9)Practice

Connect Up: Christians are to reflect the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. What characteristics did Christ demonstrate as a peacemaker? What characteristics define a godly peacemaker?

Connect In: Talk about peacemakers in the church—both people you may know personally and those from history. (If you're not familiar with any historical Christian peacemakers, look into the following: Menno Simons, Alexander Mack, Corrie ten Boom, Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, and Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King.) What characterizes these peacemakers? How did they handle a tense, divisive, or hostile situation?

Connect Out: All Christians are called to be twofold peacemakers, both being a bridge in interpersonal conflict and sharing the gospel of peace. How can these two tasks influence your outreach to non-Christians? How can you bridge a gap with a person, then present the gospel? David Geisler and Norman Geisler recommend asking careful questions, listening attentively, and understanding what someone believes, then finding ways to identify the real barriers to belief in order to build a bridge to truth.1 Discuss how to accomplish this as a peacemaker.

1 David Geisler and Norman Geisler, Conversational Evangelism: Connecting with People to Share Jesus (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2014).

OUTLINE


  1. Peacemaking Defined (Matthew 5:9)

  2. Peacemaking Demonstrated (Genesis 32:1-5)

  3. Peacemaking Detailed (Genesis 32-33)

  4. Peacemaking Detected (Matthew 5:9)

Keywords: blessed, the gospel, peace, peacemaker, Prince of Peace, reconciliation, relationship

 


 

SERIES: Give Peace a Chance
MESSAGE: When Peace Gets Personal
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 26:1-4
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4625

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Though peace cannot be found nationally, internationally, politically, or societally, what about personally? Well, the Bible has a lot to say about personal peace, and Isaiah 26 hosts one of the great promises of it. Though the biblical context of this chapter has an eschatological setting, today we will explore five fundamentals about personal peace. It is my great hope that you will not only look forward to a future of peace, but that you will experience God’s personal peace in your life right now.

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STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Recap: February 28, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "When Peace Gets Personal"
Text: Isaiah 26:1-4

Path

Though peace cannot be found nationally, internationally, politically, or societally, what about personally? Well, the Bible has a lot to say about personal peace, and Isaiah 26 hosts one of the great promises of it. Though the biblical context of this chapter has an eschatological setting, in this teaching we will explore five fundamentals about personal peace, not only looking forward to a future of peace but also experiencing God's personal peace in our lives right now. Skip Heitzig's path through the text is:

  1. Personal Peace Is Found in God (vv. 1-4)
  2. Personal Peace Is Forecast for the Kingdom (v. 1a)
  3. Personal Peace Will Flourish with Virtue (v. 2)
  4. Personal Peace Is Fostered by Focus (vv. 1-3)
  5. Personal Peace Is Formed by Trust (vv. 3b-4)
Points

Personal Peace Is Found in God (vv. 1-4)Personal Peace Is Forecast for the Kingdom (v. 1a)Personal Peace Will Flourish with Virtue (v. 2)Personal Peace Is Fostered by Focus (vv. 1-3)Personal Peace Is Formed by Trust (vv. 3b-4)Practice

Connect Up: Isaiah 26:1 tells us that it is God who "[appoints] salvation." As Pastor Skip referenced, the Hebrew word Isaiah used for salvation is yeshuah, a derivative of Jesus' name. Yeshuah also means deliverance or victory. It's fitting that Jesus' name is connected to salvation; He's the one who saves. How is Christ the ultimate fulfillment of God's rescue plan? How does Christ bring deliverance, salvation, victory, and peace? Share a story of how Christ delivered you from something, leading to personal victory and peace.

Connect In: Peace is promised to those whose mind is "stayed" on God because they trust Him. The Hebrew word for stayed is samak, meaning established or rested on. As individuals and as the church, how can we rest our minds on Christ? According to Philippians 4:8, what are we to meditate on? Talk about what the following characteristics mean: true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy.

Connect Out: Our text in Isaiah tells us that God is "everlasting"; that is, there's no vanishing point with Him—He's eternal. How can God's eternality act as a tool to talk to unbelievers about Christ? For example, the physical world had a beginning (even most atheists believe in the big bang), but what was before that? Only one person, by definition, can create something from nothing—God. What other ways can you use God's eternality to witness to the world?

OUTLINE


  1. Personal Peace Is Found in God (vv. 1-4)

  2. Personal Peace Is Forecast for the Kingdom (v. 1a)

  3. Personal Peace Will Flourish with Virtue (v. 2)

  4. Personal Peace Is Fostered by Focus (vv. 1-3)

  5. Personal Peace Is Formed by Trust (vv. 3b-4)

Keywords: conflict, millennial kingdom, peace, right living, righteousness, sin, thought life, trust, world peace

 


 

SERIES: Give Peace a Chance
MESSAGE: How to Have Unfathomable Peace
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Philippians 4:1-7
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4627

MESSAGE SUMMARY
According to data from Mental Health America, the number of people reporting anxiety is at an all-time high. That’s understandable given the recent crises the world has faced. But let me suggest something: there will always be another crisis, another calamity, another difficult season. We will always be faced with the challenge of some problem. Is there a path to peace of mind? Can the anxiety that presses down upon us be neutralized by God’s resources? Yes! Let’s see how.

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STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Recap: March 7, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "How to Have Unfathomable Peace"
Text: Philippians 4:1-7

Path

According to data from Mental Health America, the number of people reporting anxiety is at an all-time high. That’s understandable given the recent crises the world has faced. But there will always be another crisis, another calamity, another difficult season. We will always be faced with the challenge of some problem. Is there a path to peace of mind? Can the anxiety that presses down upon us be neutralized by God’s resources? Yes! Let’s see how. Our path through the text is:

  1. Resolve Controversy (vv. 1-3)
  2. Rejoice Frequently (v. 4)
  3. Restore Geniality (v. 5)
  4. Reject Anxiety (vv. 6-7)

Points

Resolve Controversy (vv. 1-3)

Rejoice Frequently (v. 4)

Restore Geniality (v. 5)

Reject Anxiety (vv. 6-7)

Practice

Connect Up: Reread Philippians 4:7, then discuss the following points.

Connect In: Jesus told His followers not to worry, and Paul commanded us to be anxious about nothing. But how do you follow those commands, practically speaking? In addition to all the things Pastor Skip talked about in this message, what else can you do to experience a more peaceful life (for example, personal Bible study, exercise, social media breaks, mindful rest, etc.)? Share any practical advice you have.

Connect Out: How can the reality of worry be a tool in our witness to others? For instance, how can all the worries of the past year—the pandemic, economic woes, and political and social unrest—act as a conduit for you to share Christ? Take note of someone in your life who is not a Christian and worries a lot. How can you strategically share hope with that person? Take time to pray for them.

OUTLINE


  1. Resolve Controversy (vv. 1-3)

  2. Rejoice Frequently (v. 4)

  3. Restore Geniality (v. 5)

  4. Reject Anxiety (vv. 6-7)

Keywords: anxiety, crisis, gentleness, joy, kindness, peace, prayer, rejoice, thanksgiving, unity, worry

 


 

SERIES: Give Peace a Chance
MESSAGE: The World’s Greatest Peace Treaty
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Colossians 1:19-23
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4629

MESSAGE SUMMARY
A peace treaty is a legal agreement between two or more hostile parties, usually countries or governments, which formally ends a state of war between them. The most important agreement in the history of humanity was when Jesus died on the cross. That single act brought a state of peace between God and the people who choose to live under His reign. Today we contemplate the work of Christ in establishing peace with the Father.

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STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Recap: March 14, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "The World's Greatest Peace Treaty"
Text: Colossians 1:19-23

Path

A peace treaty is a legal agreement between two or more hostile parties, usually countries or governments, which formally ends a state of war between them. The most important agreement in the history of humanity was when Jesus died on the cross. That single act brought a state of peace between God and the people who choose to live under His reign. In this message, Pastor Skip contemplates the work of Christ in establishing peace with the Father. His path through the text is:

  1. The Mediator of Peace (v. 19a)
  2. The Method of Peace (vv. 20-22)
  3. The Magnitude of Peace (v. 19b)
  4. The Maintenance of Peace (v. 23)
Points

The Mediator of Peace (v. 19a)The Method of Peace (vv. 20-22)The Magnitude of Peace (v. 19b)The Maintenance of Peace (v. 23)Practice

Connect Up: Though we can't fully comprehend the fullness of Christ as both human and divine, how can we get a better understanding of His two natures? To kickstart discussion, read this excerpt from the Chalcedon statement of faith, which was developed in the 450s:Connect In: What is the church's role in helping bring about the two types of reconciliation Pastor Skip spoke about—specifically the reconciliation of "all things" (i.e., the natural world)? What does that look like in a practical sense?

Connect Out: How were both natures of Christ essential in bringing about salvation? How would you explain this, as well as the two natures of Christ in general, to an unbeliever?

OUTLINE


  1. The Mediator of Peace (v. 19a)

  2. The Method of Peace (vv. 20-22)

  3. The Magnitude of Peace (v. 19b)

  4. The Maintenance of Peace (v. 23)

Keywords: the cross, the crucifixion, faith, peace, reconciliation, salvation, theanthropos

 


 

SERIES: Give Peace a Chance
MESSAGE: The Peace-Stealers
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: James 4:1-7
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4631

MESSAGE SUMMARY
People have been going to war for centuries. Conflicts and clashes are part of our history both as a civilization and as a nation. But there are three wars that are being fought everywhere in the world right now, even sadly among Christians. These three wars steal our peace, divide our hearts, and insult our God. James tackled these three wars head-on and told us how they can be ended.

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STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Recap: March 21, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "The Peace-Stealers"
Text: James 4:1-7

Path

People have been going to war for centuries. Conflicts and clashes are part of our history both as a civilization and as a nation. But there are three wars that are being fought everywhere in the world right now, even sadly among Christians. These three wars steal our peace, divide our hearts, and insult our God. James tackled these three wars head-on and told us how they can be ended. Our path through the text is:

  1. The War among Us (v. 1a)
  2. The War inside Us (vv. 1b-3)
  3. The War above Us (vv. 4-7)
Points

The War among Us (v. 1a)The War inside Us (vv. 1b-3)The War above Us (vv. 4-7)Practice

Connect Up: War is one of the consequences of sin. However, the greatest war has already been waged and won—Christ's victory on the cross. What did Christ's death accomplish? Discuss the following reasons for His death, as listed on billygraham.org:Connect In: How can we help stop the fighting that rages among believers today? Read the following verses and discuss: Matthew 18:15-22; Mark 9:50; Romans 12:4-5, 16; 14:19; 1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 3:27-28; Colossians 3:14-15.

Connect Out: The greatest need of any nonbeliever is to have peace with God. How would you describe that need for peace to a nonbeliever?


1 John Piper, "7 Reasons Christ Suffered and Died," July 9, 2004, https://billygraham.org/story/7-reasons-christ-suffered-and-died.

OUTLINE


  1. The War among Us (v. 1a)

  2. The War inside Us (vv. 1b-3)

  3. The War above Us (vv. 4-7)

Keywords: battle, the church, conflict, division, fights, hedonism, peace, pleasure, sin, war, the world

 


 

SERIES: Give Peace a Chance
MESSAGE: Peace on Earth—At Last!
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 9:6-7
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4633

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Yes, there will be peace on earth. It’s coming. It’s real. And it won’t just be a spiritual kingdom in the hearts of God’s people. This will be a literal worldwide peace brought on by the dominion of a righteous King. After several millennia of giving war a chance, the earth will finally enjoy the Prince of Peace giving peace a chance. Today we conclude our series with the final reign of Christ on earth during the millennium.

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STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Recap: March 28, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Peace on Earth—At Last!"
Text: Isaiah 9:6-7

Path

Yes, there will be peace on earth. It's coming. It's real. And it won't just be a spiritual kingdom in the hearts of God's people. This will be a literal worldwide peace brought on by the dominion of a righteous King. After several millennia of giving war a chance, the earth will finally enjoy the Prince of Peace giving peace a chance. Pastor Skip concludes this series with the final reign of Christ on earth during the millennium. His path through the text is:

  1. A Remarkable King (v. 6a)
  2. His Royal Character (v. 6b)
  3. His Righteous Kingdom (v. 7)
Points

A Remarkable King (v. 6a)His Royal Character (v. 6b)His Righteous Kingdom (v. 7)Practice

Connect Up: Discuss the four titles Isaiah gave the Messiah: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.How does each one represent Jesus in both His humanity and His divinity? Give examples from Jesus' life and teachings to support your answers.

Connect In: Answer the following questions Pastor Skip posed in the Connect Group video for this teaching.Connect Out: As Pastor Skip pointed out, Jesus' humanity and divinity are essential to a right understanding of His nature. How would you explain the two natures of Christ to a nonbeliever? What analogies would you use to clarify? Here are some to discuss: math (1÷1=1), geometry (there are two ends of a line but still one line), and relationships (for example, a person can be both a father and a son). What more can you think of?

OUTLINE


  1. A Remarkable King (v. 6a)

    1. His Humanity

    2. His Deity

    3. His Sovereignty

  2. His Royal Character (v. 6b)

    1. Wonderful Counselor

    2. Mighty God

    3. Everlasting Father

    4. Prince of Peace

  3. His Righteous Kingdom (v. 7)

    1. It’s Eternal

    2. It’s Successional

    3. It’s Equitable


Keywords: deity, divinity, Everlasting Father, humanity, kingdom age, Messiah, Mighty God, millennium, peace, Prince of Peace, war, Wonderful Counselor


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