Week 2 Reading Plan: Isaiah 9:6, Psalm 32, Psalm 34: 14, Ephesians 3:18-19
PEACE. Its one of the gifts of the Christian walk as we worship and pursue the Prince of PEACE. But what is a biblical understanding of peace available to us this Advent and Christmas season; and always as a follower of Christ? We are so honoured to invite you to take a seat around the table, take a deep breath and usher in the presence of Jesus as we explore a greater understanding to walking in the PEACE of God.
Peace is a grace gift of the Father. Something that Jesus came to usher in as he came to earth to bridge the great divide. It is one of the hallmarks of his identity and character as prophecised in Isaiah 9:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Peace = Shalom = wholeness brought about by restoration & intimacy with God's spirit
As Brian Simmons (translator of The Passion bible) writes: The Hebrew word for peace is shalom. The word itself means more than just peace, it means wholeness, , wellness, well-being, safety, happiness, favour, completeness, contentment, traquility and rest. The pictorial symbols for shalom stand for 'destroying the authority that binds us to chaos'.