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Shalom

Dr. Carissa Quinn
We invite you to reflect on the biblical meaning of peace.

As we continue in this Advent season, we invite you to reflect on the biblical meaning of peace and discover how this virtue arrived in the world through Jesus. Listen to the recording, watch the video, open your Bible, and interact with the discussion questions below. If you find this study to be encouraging, tell us on social media using the hashtag #BibleProjectAdvent. We’d love to hear from you.

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Listen to a short message from Carissa's on the biblical meaning of peace. You can listen to this on your own or with a group. If you are leading a small group or family, feel free to listen to the message and contextualize it for your needs.
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Carissa's Message on Shalom
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Video Question Shalom, or peace, is not only the absence of conflict but the presence of connection and completion. What do we all need in order to experience shalom?

Message Question Share one idea that taught, challenged, or encouraged you as you listened to Carissa’s message.

The prophet Isaiah looked forward to the arrival of the Prince of Peace. His reign would lead to eternal shalom, righting all wrongs and healing all brokenness. Isaiah’s words are fulfilled with the arrival of Jesus. When Jesus is born, shalom is proclaimed. He is the King who brings peace and restoration to the broken fragments of our world.

Reflection 1:

What words or phrases stand out to you as you observe this passage?

Reflection 2:

Based on this passage, how does the Prince of Peace govern his Kingdom?

Reflection 3:

How can you help bring about God’s peaceful rule in the places where you have influence?

Reflection 4:

Pray to ask the Prince of Peace to govern over and through you this week.

Reflection 1:

Why do you think God first announced the arrival of the King to no-name shepherds? What does this tell you about the nature of God and his Kingdom?

Reflection 2:

Imagine being there with the shepherds that night. How would you have felt? How would you have responded?

Reflection 3:

Notice the words “highest” and “earth” in the angel’s worshipful announcement. What came from the heights of heaven down to earth when Jesus was born? How is this good news? Turn your reflections into a prayer to express your thoughts, amazement, gratitude, and questions to God.

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