SIMPLE FAITH Making The Most Of My Life Conversation Starters
- What stood out to you in the sermon? (Missed it? Try VancouverChurch.org/sermons)
- God loves shalom! The Hebrew word shalom means peace, yet it means so much more! Shalom is a state of wholeness, so sweet and full that it’s like a taste of heaven. Shalom exists when every element of a beautiful and complex order of elements are flourishing and thriving in their ideal state of wholeness and goodness. Think of a garden in full bloom or a village in perfect harmony. Before discussing them, take a moment to write down some phrases that describe a few scenes from throughout your life when you experienced a high level of shalom. Pick some moments that involve people and some that don’t; some experiences that seem deep, and others that just seem fun or relaxing.
- Proverbs 16:7 says, “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace (shalom) with him.” Describe a time when you went from a state of conflict to a state of shalom with someone. What were some of the key differences between those two states?
- In the New Testament, we discover that the concept of shalom is often translated as “peace” and that Jesus is the only one who supremely brings shalom. Read Isaiah 9:5-6; Ephesians 2:11-18; Romans 5:1; Colossians 1:19-20; and Philippians 4:4-7 then discuss, the connection between Jesus and your experience of shalom. When do you most deeply experience the shalom of Jesus?
- Into whose life do you feel that you have most brought shalom? Make a short list of people, both past and present, who are recipients of the shalom you bring into this world. Include people inside and outside of your family.
PRAYER OF SHALOM: Complete the sentences below in preparation for a focused time of prayer together. Then pray for the person on your left, giving thanks for the shalom they are experiencing, praying for the shalom they need, and that they can bring the shalom of Jesus to others.
Lord, I’m experiencing SHALOM in this area of my life:
Lord, I need some SHALOM in this area of my life:
Lord, I want to bring SHALOM to these people: