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What does the Bible say about War?

We begin a NEW sermon series entitled ‘The Prince of Peace’. Preaching from Nathan Gordon. Service led by Brian Dickson

Sermon Notes

New Series Introduction (Advent) 

This month, as we join with Christians worldwide, we anticipate the profound and life-changing gift that came into the world over 2000 years ago. Many prophecies in the Old Testament predicted a messiah would be born into the world, and become the light that shines in the darkness. We are going to highlight the role of Jesus as the Prince of Peace. What does it mean for the world today that Jesus is the Prince of Peace? What does peace look like concerning conflicts, wars and challenges that we face in our lives today? What does it mean to be at peace with God?

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon his shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor. Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Memory Verse – Isaiah 9:6

The Situation = The reality of war & nothing new to see here.

Unfortunately, war throughout human history has become commonplace and factored into the preparedness of countries around the world. Trillions of dollars are spent each year around the world to protect countries in the event war comes knocking. There have been countless wars throughout the ages that have devastated the world, causing mass casualties and innocent bloodshed and cities left in ruins. With the increase in nuclear capabilities, there is always an existential threat to humanity.

What does the Bible have to say? = We should not be surprised by war

To everything, there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven….

A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war. And a time of peace

Eccl 3:1 & 8.

The Complication = God is often held responsible

Whenever wars take place in the world and innocent lives are affected, some may point the finger at God and blame the divine for being absent or allowing innocent people to suffer. Some may use the effects of war to prove in their minds that God does not exist.

Here are some common questions of God concerning war

Q – If God is just, why does he let innocent people die in wars?

Q – Why didn’t God save millions of children who died in world wars?

Q – Why does God allow so many Christians to die in wars?

The Resolution = Wars are the result of human free-will

Wars and suffering around the world may cause humanity to question whether God is in control or willingly allowing innocent people to suffer. However, the Bible teaches us that God is not the author of Evil.

  • God is Light, and in Him, there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5)
  • God is not the author of confusion (1 Cor 14:33)
  • God is perfect, No sin, No-Fault (Matt 5:48)

Evil came into the world through the fall of Lucifer the once Angel in heaven. (See Isaiah 14:12)

We live in a sinful world through the fall of humanity. Sin will cause nations to rise against nations and wars to take place. (Romans 5:12)

Key point – God is not the author of Evil but God remains Sovereign over Evil.

Nothing takes God by surprise, He knows all things and knows the beginning from the end. God can work all things for His good pleasure. (Isaiah 46:9-10)

The Celebration = Despite War and suffering, Christians are called to live with Hope and joy!

Whilst we continue to live in a world that is plagued with Sin and evil, we are blessed to receive and share the good news of Jesus Christ in the world.

Great news now and to come!

  • There is a remedy for Sin and evil = Jesus Christ and His salvation
  • God will triumph over the devil in the final war = Evil defeated (Rev 12 & 20:10)
  • True and eternal peace is on the way = No more deaths mourning or tears (Rev 21:1-4)

We are people of Hope because we know God is in control and we are assured of the future with Him.

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others who have no hope.

1 Thess 4:13

Service Details

Sermon Title: What does the Bible say about War?
Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Preacher: Nathan Gordon
Worship Leader: Brian Dickson

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