Four Truth About Peace – sermon outline and notes
It is a solid sermon for any occasion and particularly a funeral service or anytime you sense people are struggling with life's storms. This is one to just stick in your Bible because people will need it as well as yourself. JUST COPY AND PASTE IT INTO YOUR WORD OR TEXT DOCUMENT/
FOUR TRUTHS ABOUT PEACE
by Eddie Lawrence
INTRO- In the days in which we live there is much conflict and chaos both around us and unfortunately often it is within us as well. Jesus said in the last days there would be wars and rumors of wars.
ILLUS- In over 3000 years of recorded history, the world has been at peace in only 8% of that time. Between 1945 and 1988, about 20 million people died in 91 wars. – Tony Llewelyn
But there is a place of peace to be found and that is what I wish to speak to you about on this occasion. Let me illustrate this with something that happens in nature:
ILLUS-There is what is called the "cushion of the sea." Down beneath the surface that is agitated with storms, and driven about with high winds, there is a part of the sea that is never stirred. When we dredge the bottom and bring up the remains of animal and vegetable life, we find that they give evidence of not having been disturbed for hundreds of years. The peace of God is that eternal calm which lies far too deep down in the praying soul to be reached by any external disturbance.—A. T. Pierson.
Where can you find such peace in the middle of all that is going on it today's world? Listen to this verse of Scripture and we are given our answer"
TEXT: John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
1. Peace is Imparted
"Peace I leave with you…."
Some people believe that peace is a state of mind that can be achieved through mere human efforts or mental exercises. But, dear friends, this is not so. The Bible teaches that peace is something that is imparted to us. That is, we have to receive it from a source outside ourselves.
People around the world are rushing hither and yon in a desperate attempt to find peace. Peace is not found in doing more. Really, it is found in doing less. It is found in surrender and humility. It is found when we come to the end of ourselves and cast ourselves upon another.
This brings us to the second point which tells us who this other source is:
2. Peace is A Free Gift from Jesus
"My peace I give to you;…. "
Jesus said, "My peace" I give unto you. It is a gift from Jesus himself. He has it and he desires to share it with you. There is an entering into that which is part of the essence of Christ himself when we recieve his peace. It is a fruit of his Spirit living inside us.
As someone aptly stated, "Jesus does not just want to be resident in you, He wants to be president in you." Ah, yes! When we relinquish our struggles, and find our rest in Christ, then the winds of the storm may blow, but we find ourselves fixed upon the Rock.
3. Peace is Not Worldly in Nature
"…not as the world gives do I give to you."
~The peace that Jesus gives does not come through the latest self-help fads. It comes through the cross.
~The peace that Jesus gives does not come through human enlightenmnet, it comes through the blood of Christ.
~The peace Jesus gives does not come through allegiance to some self-styled mystical spiritual guru, it comes through relationship with Christ himself. He is our Peace!
Quote: "It's not the absence or presence of problems that determines one's peace of mind; it's the absence or presence of God." –Unknown
Do you have this peace today? Do you know this Christ today?
4. Peace Can Be Hindered
"Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
Jesus understood the war that waged against his disciples and against us, thus he admonishes us not to be troubled or afraid.
These two hindrances are worthy of a deeper look:
A. By A Troubled Heart
Quote: Charles Spurgeon said "Whatever wrong I suffer, it can not do me half so much hurt as being angry about it; for passion shortens life and poisons peace."
What might it be that troubles you today? Is that thing robbing you of the peace that could be yours if you but focused on Jesus and what he can do instead of the trouble and what it can do?
B. By A Fearful Heart
Quote: Some soul once said, "God doesn't always still the storm, but He can calm the sailor."
Fear and faith are often in the throes of war within the bosom of us all. Who will we believe is bigger? Our Savior or the storm? Our Jesus or the enemy? Our God or our problems?
Remember that Jesus is the Peace Giver. He has proven his power to bring peace to the greatest of troubles and calm the most fearful heart.
Do you remember the occasion when the disciples were in a boat in the middle of a storm and scared out of their wits? What did Jesus do?
Matthew 8:26 – [Jesus] replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. (NIV)
Conclusion: Dear friends, there is a peace that passes understanding and overcomes every human difficulty. A peace that allows us to sail through the storms and even through death itself. Let me share with you a story of a Christian martyr who demonstrated this powerful peace:
ILLUS- Nicholas Ridley (1500 – 1555) had been condemned to death for his faith. The night before, his brother offered to stay with him in prison. Ridley said that he planned to sleep as well as usual. The next day he encouraged another Christian who was being executed. "Be of good heart, brother, for God will either assuage the fury of the flame, or else strengthen us to abide it." They knelt and prayed next to the stake, talked briefly, then were burned.
It is a true peace that can help you face death itself knowing that your last breath is but an entrance to an even better life. The only place this can be found is in Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified that we might have peace (Is.53:5-6).
Will you receive Jesus Christ right now?
Here is how you can receive Christ:
1.Admit your need (I am a sinner).
2.Be willing to turn from your sins (repent).
3.Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the Cross and rose from the grave.
4.Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit. (Receive Him as Lord and Savior.)
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