Drama Free in 23: Part 3 - Easy Button

January 15, 2023


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Bottom Line: Peace is simple but not easy.

Matthew 5:21 NLT
21 “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’

Matthew 5:22 NLT
22 But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.

1. Pursuing peace starts in the heart.

Proverbs 4:23 NLT

23 Guard your heart above all else,for it determines the course of your life.

Matthew 5:23-24 NLT

23 “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, 24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.

2. Pursing peace is my responsibility.

Matthew 5:9 NLT
9 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.

Matthew 5:25 NLT

25 “When you are on the way to court with your adversary, settle your differences quickly. Otherwise, your accuser may hand you over to the judge, who will hand you over to an officer, and you will be thrown into prison.

Ephesians 4:26 NLT

26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry,

3. Pursuing peace is top priority.

When have you had to do a task or project that was simple, but it wasn’t easy?

Have you ever had to have a simple conversation with someone, but it wasn’t easy to have?

Read Matthew 5:21:22.
What do you think Jesus means by saying if you’re even angry with someone, or call them an “idiot,” or curse someone that you’re in danger? What do you think Jesus is really trying to say here? Are those things the problem or are they symptoms of something else?

Read Proverbs 4:23. What does this verse seem to indicate about where those symptoms in the previous questions stem from?

Read Matthew 5:23-24.
What are reasons we tend to avoid doing what this passage tells us to do?

What detours do we tend to take before going DIRECTLY to someone to pursue peace? Why can this be so destructive and cause more drama?

Read Matthew 5:9.
How have you had to work for peace in a situation, following Matthew 5:23-24? What did you see come from that?

Read Matthew 5:25 and Ephesians 4:26.
If pursuing peace is top priority, what steps do you need to take this week? Today even?

Remembering Matthew 5:9, how WILL you work for peace? Who in your life do you need to have a conversation with?

Are there any conversations you need to have with God to work on peace within yourself so that it can be the catalyst for peace with others?


Who do you need to pray for God to bring reconciliation with?

Pray together with your Micro Church for those people and for each other to take the necessary steps to pursue peace in all the ways we discussed!
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Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:
  - Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
  - What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
  - How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
  - How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
  - Who in your life do you think could be disciple-able or open to spiritual/missional conversations?
  - Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?/giveback/giveback
  - Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?


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