FROM THE SENIOR PASTOR – MAY 2018


This month I will focus on the third fruit of the Spirit, peace. The word for peace is found hundreds of places in the Bible, and I have listed a few of them here:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”(John 14:27)

“Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace, in peace because they trust in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)

“A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.” (Ecclesiastes 3:8)

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

“When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’”(John 20:19-21)

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

“He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still !’ Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.” (Mark 4:39)

“By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79)

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” (Luke 2:14)

“Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you.” (Luke 10:5-6)

“I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!” (John 16:33)

“Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” (Romans 5:1)

“To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6)

“For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17)

“Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual edification.” (Romans 14:19)

“For God is a God not of disorder but of peace.” (1 Corinthians 14:33)

“For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.” (Ephesians 2:14)

“He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near;” (Ephesians 2:15-17)

“I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3)

“As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.” (Ephesians 6:15)

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)

“I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O LORD, make me lie down in safety.” (Psalm 4:8)

“May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!” (Psalm 29:11)

Living in God’s amazing grace,

Pastor Matthew Groenke

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