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Part 7 - Peacemakers

Matthew 5:9

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 

WHAT'S PEACE?

Not just personal and emotional peace (peace of mind)

Wholistic well-being (Shalom) - Personal, communal, emotional, physical, economic, cultural

WHAT'S A PEACE-MAKER?

Not a peace-keeper - Who keeps peace at all costs

Someone who actively and passionately pursues Shalom

HOW TO BE A PEACE-MAKER

Declare war on racism, supremacy, injustice, inequality, division, hatred, violence, stereotypes, gossip, exaggeration, fake news

  • Race is not a biblical concept, unless you simply talk about the human race
  • Racial superiority is actually a heresy
  • It denies our common humanity, our common sinfulness, our common salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and God’s purpose to create a common new humanity in Christ
Acts 17:26
From one man God created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.
Revelation 7:9
After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb.

Acknowledge that there is a problem (lack of peace)

Confess your role in it

Listen and learn

Never employ gossip, exaggeration, fake news, VIOLENCE

Support and respect the authorities as far as you can

Romans 13:1-5
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

Work it out, live it out, model it

Make a sacrifice for peace

Colossians 1:19-20
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,  and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by MAKING PEACE through his blood, shed on the cross.
Ephesians 2:13-17
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus MAKING PEACE, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.

LORD’S SUPPER

A celebration for Personal Peace-Receivers, Communal Peace-Experiencers and Passionate Peace-Extenders

1 Corinthians 10:16-17
Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.
Matthew 5:23-24
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
Matthew 18:15-17
 If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.  But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that “every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
Karl House