What is peace? Does Jesus bring peace in our lives?
Prophecies of peace are fulfilled in the coming of Jesus the Messiah. Peace is real. Jesus wants us to experience peace. We receive peace through Jesus, our Master, and the salvation He achieved for us. We don’t understand it completely but it is true and it is real.
Jesus tells two women He heals to “go in peace” — referring to messianic peace. “Your faith has saved (σῴζω, sōzō) you,” which refers to both their having been physically healed and having received salvation by faith (Mark 5:34; Luke 7:50).
And Jesus came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near. | Ephesians 2:17 (NASB)
The most prevalent focus to the concept of peace in the New Testament is the messianic peace accomplished by the Messiah and experienced by the Church. “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.” (Acts 9:31).
Peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is a great gift in my life. Without the peace and love of Jesus, I am desperate and lost. Anxiety fills the void. Not with Jesus. Now that is some good news!
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. | Galatians 5:22
In the Old Testament, the concept of messianic peace referred to both the absence of hostilities and a reconciled relationship with God and others in the context of the new creation. This messianic peace comes to fruition in the New Testament in Jesus’ ministry, death, and resurrection. Jesus brings peace to my soul and my life.
Jesus also proclaimed the good news of peace to Israel. “The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus the Messiah (He is Master of all)” (Acts 10:36) Compare Isa 52:7; Eph 2:17, referring to the new and reconciled relationship to God and others that had dawned in His ministry (compare Eph 6:15).
The crowd’s praise at Jesus’ triumphal entry likewise connects Jesus with messianic peace: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Master! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19:38).
Is there a provision of peace through Jesus the Messiah’s coming? Oh my goodness yes. Consider the stunning angels’ declaration at Jesus’ birth, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace” (Luke 2:14) connects His arrival with messianic peace. It is beautiful.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is the Messiah the Lord. “This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”Luke 2:10–14
CTCI’s Heroes Semester is a 10-week semester program focused on personal and spiritual development for young adults. While immersed in a way of life that emphasizes the Word of God, prayer, relationships, family, servanthood and personal discipline, you will be renewed, trained, and challenged to walk with God in a deeper way.
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Our programs are like an immersion into a new language – the language of living in Jesus. The goal is fluency in the language of relationships. Programs share a sequential vision, building an understanding of relationships and family culture. The foundation is an encounter with Jesus. This encounter is the means for both insight and vision. Encountering Jesus leads a radical change in living and relationships.
CTCI’s Heroes Semester is a residential, “family style” living experience like no other! Emphasizing the biblical truths of relationships, family, servanthood, and personal discipline, young men and women are challenged to live a faith that reaches beyond the four walls of the church and affects everyday life.
“The Heroes Semester is taking place, and all that I can say is that the Lord is showing me Himself! Christ is mesmerizing me; He’s opening my heart to fall more in love with Him!”
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Participants ages 18-26 come from all walks of life with one purpose – to go deeper with the Lord and seek Him for their lives and future. Each semester is filled with teaching, activities, and experiences designed to take you on the mountaintops with the Lord as well as train you to live a disciplined life in Christ in the plains and valleys.
Participants spend their days in study sessions, work duties, or on the unpredictable outdoor adventure. The evenings have a natural rhythm of group Bible studies, prayer & intercession, and recreational activities. Everyone pitches in with the usual chores that come with living life together. Electronics take a back seat in daily life, unplugging from usual habits helps to make space for new ones. Each day ends with a note of gratitude and lessons learned.
If you are ready to go deeper in relationships, devotion, and surrender to the Lord, then CTCI’s Heroes Semester could be the most purposeful 10 weeks of your life!
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