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WE ARE NOW UNDER A "SHETER-IN-PLACE ORDR"
Greetings my beloved Saints
We will be monitoring conditions
and circumstances surrounding this issue, hoping to resume
"in-person" worship activities soon.
Pastors Calvin and Linda Watson
VKL 25 March 2020
Wednesday Night Bible Study
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers;n for they will be called the children of God.
(5:9) Peacemakers (eirenopoios ) to bring men together; to make peace between men and God; to solve disputes and erase divisions; to reconcile differences and eliminate strife; to silence tongues and build right relationships.
a. Who is the peacemaker?
1. The person who strives to make peace with God (Romans 5:1; Ephes. 2:14-17). He conquers the inner struggle, settles the inner tension, handles the inner pressure. He takes the struggle within his heart between good and evil, and strives for the good and conquers the bad.
Does this description sound like you?______________________________________
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.â€ (Romans 5:1)
For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. (Ephes. 2:14-17)
2. The person who strives at every opportunity to make peace within others. He seeks and leads others to make their peace with God-to conquer their inner struggle, to settle their inner tension, to handle their inner pressure.
How about this; does this sound like you? _________________________________________________________
So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. (Romans 14:19)
3. The person who strives at every opportunity to make peace between others. He works to solve disputes and erase divisions, to reconcile differences and eliminate strife, to silence tongues and build relationships.
Is this you?________________________________________
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.(Phil. 2:3)
Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. (2 Tim. 2:14)
And the Lords servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, (2 Tim. 2:24)
b. The peacemaker is the person who has made peace with God (Romans 5:1), and knows the peace of God (John 14:27).
c. Peacemakers love peace, but they do not passively accept trouble. There are those who claim to love peace, yet they remove themselves from all trouble.
- They ignore and flee problems and threatening situations, and they often evade issues.
- They make no attempt to bring peace between others.
The peacemaker (of whom Christ speaks) faces the trouble no matter how dangerous, and works to bring a true peace no matter the struggle.
Do you think that it is safe to say that the "peacemaker" takes a "bold" approach to solving issues and is willing to speak up, where others are quick to "shrink back"?_____________________________________________________________________________________________________
If so, based on this statement, do you consider yourself to be a "peacemaker"?_____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Are you willing to confront an issue that threatens the peace and unity of your immediate environment ( Job, church, family, etc.)? _____________________________________________________-
d. The world has its troublemakers. Practically every organization has its troublemakers, including the church. Wherever the troublemaker is, there is criticism, grumbling, and murmuring; and, too often, a division within the body-a division that is sometimes minor, sometimes major; sometimes just distasteful, sometimes outright bitter. The peacemaker cannot stand such. He goes forth to settle the matter, solve the problem, handle the differences, and reconcile the parties.
e. The gospel of Christ is to be spread by peaceful means, not by forceful means. There are many kinds of force.
Learn to recognize these forces in what appear to be "normal convesations".
1. There is
verbal force through loudness, a dominating conversation, improper sales
tactics, threats, bigotry, and abuse.
2. There is physical force through facial expressions, body motions, an overpowering presence, and attacks.