Revenge. Retribution. Vengeance. Violence. This is the way of our world, and it doesn’t work. It’s why Jesus calls us to something different - a life of non-violent enemy-love where we do not seek revenge but turn the other cheek. This is what it means to be a peacemaker. But what does this look like? How can we live into this kind of peacemaking? Why is it so important? Listen now to find out!
It’s been said that “Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional.” We cannot avoid conflict in life, but the way we respond is up to us. This series is all about learning to respond as Jesus taught us to respond – as peacemakers, people who work to find peace and reconciliation in the midst of conflict.
But the question is…how?
How can we become people of peace in the midst of the conflict in life? What does it look like to be a peacemaker and to deal with conflict in a a way that honours Jesus? What are some practices we need to engage in and decisions we need to make in order to become the kind of peacemakers Jesus is inviting us to become?
Join us every Sunday morning in January to find out!
January 6: “Dealing with the Conflict Within”
January 13: “Dealing with Interpersonal Conflict”
January 20: “Knowing the Enemy”
January 27: “Becoming a Peacemaker”
The Bible teaches us that our physical enemy is not our real enemy - that we fight not against ‘flesh and blood’ but against spiritual powers and authorities in the spiritual realm; demonic powers who are hell-bent on our destruction. So what are we to do about this? Listen here to find out!
Fight or flight. It’s usually how people deal with interpersonal conflict. Engage with aggression, or run away. But how did Jesus invite us to approach this kind of conflict? And what practices did He teach His followers to engage in in order to live as peacemakers? Listen here to find out!
Have you ever wondered why you react the way you do when you’re in conflict with other people? Like why, perhaps, you get so defensive, or angry, or even disengaged and passive? Have you ever wondered where that stuff comes from and what you can do about it? Listen here as we talk about “the conflict within” and how God longs to work in us and bring us peace.