June 24, 2018 PM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1849
#9 in series
THE UPPER ROOM: THE PROMISED HOLY SPIRIT
The Peace of God
In the last message we looked at the transformation that occurs when we encounter Christ. We are born again into an eternal relationship that can never be changed. Since Christ is in the Father and we are in Christ and Christ and the Father are one, we are also in the Father. His life is our life. His love is our love. We’ve died to our old way of life and have been made new to walk in the abundant, victorious life of Christ.
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I. THE PROBLEMS OF LIFE
Webster defines “peace” in terms of the world and the world system:
• Freedom from disturbance or agitation
• Freedom from war with a foreign country
• Freedom from internal commotion or civil war
• Freedom from private quarrels
“Chemistry is chasing Christianity as the nation’s largest religion. Indeed millions of Americans who in times of personal crisis and emotional and mental anguish once turned to priests, ministers, and rabbis for keys to the heavenly kingdom now go to physicians and psychiatrists who hold the keys to the kingdom of pharmaceutical relief, or to drug deals and liquor stores.” – Joseph Califano, High Society
II. THE PROMISES OF CHRIST
Jesus doesn’t exempt us from problems. He gives Himself to us in our problems.
1) We don’t fix our problems by __ them.
2) We don’t fix our problems by __.
3) We deal with them by __.
The New Testament speaks of two kinds of peace:
“It is the supernatural, permanent, positive, no-side-effects, divine tranquilizer.” – John MacArthur
The peace God offers:
III. THE PERSPECTIVE HE GIVES
The average person doesn’t know WHO they are, WHY they are here, WHERE they are going, or WHAT they will do when they get there.
How do I embrace this?