September 12, 2021

Divided We Stand: Peace

Anthony Gammage – Ephesians 2:14-19 

Sermon Quotes

Ephesians 2:14–19
[14] For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility [15] by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, [16] and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. [17] And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. [18] For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. [19] So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.

Isaiah 9:6
[6] For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Colossians 2:13–14
[13] And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, [14] by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

John 13:34–35
[34] A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. [35] By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

John 17:20–21
[20] “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, [21] that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.“

“In John 13 the point was that, if an individual Christian does not show love toward other true Christians, the world has the right to judge that he is not a Christian. Here [in John 17] Jesus is stating something else which is much more cutting, much more profound: We cannot expect the world to believe that the Father sent the Son, that Jesus’ claims are true, and that Christianity is true, unless the world see some reality of the oneness of true Christians.”
-Francis Schaeffer, The Mark of the Christian

1 Peter 2:10
[10] Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

What happens when we disagree?
1. Humility (Matt 7:5)
2. Moral Principals vs. Political Strategies (Values and actual sin)
3. Levels of believing

What happens when we’ve been hurt?
1. Go privately for restoration (Matt. 18:15-20)
2. Forgiveness (Matt. 18:21-35)

The Four Promises of Forgiveness:
1. I will not dwell on this incident
2. I will not bring this incident up and use it against you
3. I will not talk to others about this incident
4. I will not allow this incident to stand between us or hinder our personal relationship

2 Corinthians 5:18–19
[18] All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; [19] that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

Isaiah 52:7
[7] How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

Matthew 5:9
[9] “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Romans 8:26–27
[26] Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. [27] And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.