Being a Peacemaker
Peacemakers are people who breathe grace, and they continually draw on the goodness and power of Jesus Christ to bring His love, mercy, forgiveness, strength and wisdom to the conflicts of daily life. In the midst of a global crisis and politically charged climate, it is our prayer that God would raise up peacemakers at Springbrook for such a time as this! Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, come join us for a series that is sure to draw you closer to Christ and strengthen your relationships.
Apr 19 – Conflict Provides Opportunities
In 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1, the apostle Paul teaches that conflict provides opportunities to glorify God, to serve others, and to grow to be like Christ. This concern for faithfulness to God, compassion and mercy toward others, and righteous behavior is echoed throughout the Bible.
Apr 26 – Living at Peace
The message given by Jesus and the apostles is very clear – whether our conflicts involve minor irritations or major legal issues, peace and unity are of great importance to God! Peace-making is not an optional activity, especially for Christ-followers, and as we find in Matthew 5:21-26, it has a significant impact on our worship!
May 3 – Picking Your Battles
Some conflicts can be properly resolved only through confrontation, confession, forgiveness and negotiation. But there are many more that can be properly resolved by simply overlooking minor offenses. 1 Peter 4:7-11 is a reminder that each of us can choose to relinquish our rights for the benefit of strengthening a relationship and for the sake of God’s kingdom.
May 10 – Adventureland
One of the easiest ways to be the opposite of a peacemaker is to have unrealistic expectations. In Proverbs 31:10-21 we are invited to look at a picture of wisdom and measured expectations. If we want to live at peace with ourselves and others in the world, we need to come to terms with who we are and what we should pursue in order to live well in this world.
May 17 – Get Real About Yourself
Whenever there is conflict, it is critical to consider how you may be contributing to the problem, either directly or indirectly. Before focusing on what others have done wrong, it is wise to reflect on Matthew 7:1-6, and carefully examine the way you have been thinking, speaking and acting.
May 24 – It’s Not My Fault!
To be an effective peacemaker, you must deal honestly with your own faults. In 1 and 2 Samuel we are given three examples of what it looks like to deal with your faults. In each, we will learn more about guidelines for having a cleansing process that will enable us to be better prepared and able for God to work in and through you and your relationships.
May 31 – Restoring Others
Although it is often the case that the faults and sins of others are overlooked, there are times when doing so only prolongs alienation and encourages them to continue acting in a hurtful manner. If God is being dishonored, relationships are being damaged, or others are being hurt, Matthew 18:15-20 offer us steps for how to address grievous sin.
Jun 7 – Forgive as God Forgave You
Biblical forgiveness is not a matter of feeling better toward an offender, or a matter of forgetting or excusing behavior. God expects us to forgive others exactly the same way that He has forgiven us through Christ, and Matthew 18:21-35 demonstrates just how important forgiveness is for us and for others!
Jun 14 – Look to the Interests of Others
Reconciliation often involves two dimensions, personal and material. In most cases, it is best to use a cooperative approach which seeks to find mutually beneficial solutions, but as we find in Philippians 2:1-18, sometimes the best approach is a simple willingness to put the interests of others first.