Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
What are some of the ways you would have defined peace before Joey’s sermon? What things where you hanging your hope on that would bring that sense of deep peace?
How does the knowledge of God’s coming “full peace” (new heaven/new earth) change how you live today? What hope does it speak to you in the face of difficult situations?
Note down or share with your group moments where you have experienced God’s peace in a chaotic situation.
“Stop thinking you can create your own sense of well being or comfort on this side of heaven, fall to your knees and say, I cant do this anymore Jesus. I need you. I need your grace and forgiveness. I need forgiveness of my sins. I need the freedom that only you can offer me.”
(Joey Weber – Director of Youth Ministry)
While sometimes God brings instant calm to the storms in our lives (like Jesus on the Sea of Galilee), more often than not God shows up in the midst of the storm, bringing a miraculous peace within it.
Listen in as Joey shares a personal story of how he has experienced God’s peace in the midst of a chaotic situation.