People of Peace

Learning to Live like Jesus in Hobart

14 April to 12 May 2024

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We live in a world which is becoming increasingly polarised. Agreement and consensus are hard to build, and it often seems conflict is permeating our political and cultural discourse to such a degree it is hard to do community well.

Jesus is in the peace business. Peace is a major biblical theme. Jesus promises that those who work to build peace will be blessed (Matthew 5:9). It is often thought that peacekeeping and peacemaking are the same thing, but they are not. Peace is not the absence of conflict. Instead, peace is working through conflict together.

  • How do we love people who we a in conflict with?
  • How do we disagree well?
  • How do we work toward peace in our local community during a time where we seem to be becoming increasingly divided?
  • How do we work for peace on an international level?
  • Paul writes that followers of Jesus should seek to live in peace with everyone (Romans 12:17). But how is this possible?
  • What do we do if others wrong us?

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.

Romans 12:17 (NIV)

In 2024, peace feels both urgent and far off. But Jesus has promised his followers peace (John 14:27). How do we find that peace and how do we share it with the world around us? How do we live well in a troubled world and a conflicted culture? We do it by being people of peace.

DateTopic (orange text: link available to watch)Suggested ReadingsSpeaker
14 AprilSACRED PEACE Can we reach it? Peace can often feel far off. John 14:27Matt Henderson
21 AprilAre you at peace with yourself? Jesus loves you enough to die for you, how do you feel about you?John 14:27, Galatians 5:22-23, Mark 12:30-31 Jeremiah Ambrose
28 AprilAre you at peace in your Relationships? How do we manage tension and conflict with the people we love?Matthew 5:9, Romans 12:17-21, Ephesians 5:21 
5 MayPeace in the church How do we manage tension and conflict lovingly in a church community?Matthew 5:9, Ephesians 4:1-16 
12 MayWorking for peace in our world How do we work toward peace in the world around us as ambassadors for the Kingdom?Matthew 5:9, Romans 12:17-21