Joy – Part 2: Peace

Joy – Part 2: Peace

Matthew 1:18-24

Series Memory Verse: “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (p.868)

”For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (p.523)

“Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:14 (p.781)

  • God’s Presence Gives Me Peace.
  1. Look for God’s options.

“As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. ‘Joseph, son of David,’ the angel said, ‘do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.’” Matthew 1:20 (p.733)

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23 (p.430)

  1. Be open to God’s intervention.

“And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 (p.733)

“I write this to you whose experience with God is as life-changing as ours, all due to our God’s straight dealing and the intervention of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:1 (MSG)

  1. Remember there’s always your plan and then there’s God’s plan.

“All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: ‘Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” Matthew 1:22-23 (p.733)

“All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).” Isaiah 7:14 (p.522)

“When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife.” Matthew 1:24 (p.733)

My Next Step This Week:

____ I’m asking for God’s peace for the very first time in my life.

____ I’m already a follower of Jesus but have an area in my life where I’m receiving God’s peace today.


SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION

One Thing: God’s Presence Gives Me Peace.

Memory Verse: Romans 15:13

Bible Background: The Angel Talks to Joseph – Matthew 1:18-24

CONVERSATION STARTER

// Have you ever experienced a moment when God’s peace felt tangible in your life? How did that experience feel, and how did it impact the situations you were going through?

WEEKEND REVIEW

God’s Presence Gives Me Peace.

How you can live that out:

  1. Look for God’s options 
  2. Be open to God’s intervention
  3. Remember there’s always your plan and then there’s God’s plan. 

// Was there anything that stood out to you, challenged you, or maybe even confused you?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

// Read Matthew 1:18-24 (p.733).

  • What might have been the challenges Joseph faced in choosing to trust and obey the message given to him, and how does this reflect the tension between human desire for control and divine guidance?
  • Have there been moments when you’ve felt God intervening in your life? What was that like?

// Read Philippians 4:7 (p.901).

  • How does this verse describe the peace of God?
  • What does it say about its effect on our hearts and minds?
  • How does this peace differ from the world’s understanding of peace?

// Reflect on a recent situation where you faced uncertainty or a significant life change.

  • How did you respond, and what might it look like to surrender that situation to God’s guidance?

// Read Isaiah 9:6 (p.523).

  • What does this verse reveal about the nature and titles of the promised child?
  • What do you need to do to extend grace to those in your life that have hurt you?

// Discuss the significance of the name ‘Immanuel’ and its meaning “God is with us”.

  • How does this phrase influence your understanding of God’s presence and peace?

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

The prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 that a virgin will conceive and give birth to a son named Immanuel was fulfilled in the birth of Jesus. This divine intervention reshaped the course of history, marking a pivotal moment in God’s plan of salvation. It’s important to consider this historical context as we discuss God’s peace, intervention, and the reality of God being with us. It sets a foundation for understanding how deeply God is involved in our lives and in mankind’s redemption story.

My Next Step This Week:
____ I’m asking for God’s peace for the very first time in my life.

____ I’m already a follower of Jesus but have an area in my life where I’m receiving God’s peace today.

DIGGING DEEPER

Day 1: Read Habakkuk 2:1-3 (p.712)

  • How can you cultivate a daily practice of seeking God’s guidance, and what steps will you take to remain attentive to His direction?

Day 2: Read Colossians 3:15 (p.904)

  • In what ways can you remind yourself to seek God’s peace rather than relying on your circumstances for tranquility?

Day 3: 1 Samuel 3:9-10 (p.213)

  • What personal plans might you need to release in order to be fully open to God’s direction in your life?

Day 4: Read Isaiah 7:14 (p.522)

  • How does the assurance of ‘God with us’ influence your trust in God’s faithfulness and your response to His promises?

Day 5: Read Psalm 63:1-2 (p.441)

  • What practical steps will you take to deepen your relationship with God and recognize His peace in your daily life?
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