May 22, 2022 |Of The Spirit


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05.22.22 | Of The Spirit


Tony Pyle

Ephesians 2:11-20

Peace is more than just the absence of conflict, it is the presence of wholeness. How do you react to situations or relationships that disturb your peace? Pastor Tony Pyle remind us that when our circumstances are difficult we can turn to God in prayer in petition, asking Him to remind us of His sovereignty and goodness. The peace of God guards our hearts and minds and leads us to pursue peace with ourselves and others.

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The story of Babel is the best metaphor I have found for what happened to America in the 2010s, and for the fractured country we now inhabit. Something went terribly wrong, very
suddenly. We are disoriented, unable to speak the same language or recognize the same truth. We are cut off from one another and from the past. – Jonathan Haidt


Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:1
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7
Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful.

John 14:27
So, then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh — called “the uncircumcised” by those called “the circumcised,” which is done in the flesh by human hands. At that time you were without Christ, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility. In his flesh, he made of no effect the law consisting of commands and expressed in regulations, so that he might create in himself one new man from the two, resulting in peace. He did this so that he might reconcile both to God in one body through the cross by which he put the hostility to death. He came and proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So, then, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.

Ephesians 2:11-20
If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Romans 12:18 – The Spirit-filled Christian has a peace that is abundant, available in every situation, and unlike anything that the world has to offer. The alternative to being
filled with the Spirit and His peace is to be filled with alarm, filled with doubt, filled with foreboding, or filled with dread. How much better to let the Spirit have control and perform His work of growing fruit to the glory of God!


Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

What words would you use to describe the state of our culture currently? What do people most often tend to divide about?
Read Philippians 4:4-7. What does it mean to experience the peace of God amidst challenging circumstances?
Read Romans 12:18. Is there any relationship in your life currently that is not at peace? What next step can you take toward peace with that person?
Where in your life are you feeling anxious or fearful? Take time to pray as a life group and to ask for God’s peace to be experienced in you and in your group this week.