Pursuing Peace

Followers of Jesus are called to pursue peace, reconciliation, and the non-violent resolution of conflict. This is one of the core values of our Anabaptist Roots. Listen as guest speaker, Darrell Winger, digs into Matthew 5:9 and unpacks why Pursuing Peace is central to our movement. We’ll also learn how we can love our enemies and re-orient our view the “other” as well as explore the differences between active versus passive peacemaking.

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Anabaptist Roots: Pursuing Peace

Speaker: Darrell Winger
Date: August 26, 2018

Followers of Jesus are called to pursue peace, reconciliation, and the non-violent resolution of conflict.

Key Scripture: ”Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.Matthew 5:9

1. A Young Man’s Story – E.J. Swalm

● “By the grace of God I am determined to take my stand, and I will not take [military] service because I intend to be a conscientious objector.”

2. Oriented by a commitment to peacemaking

Text: Matthew 5:38-48
● Loving our enemies – re-orientation of how we view the “other”
● Going the extra mile – active vs. passive peacemaking
● Experiencing a personal cost

3. Belonging to another kingdom

Text: 2 Corinthians 5:19-20; 1 Peter 2:9-12
● Ambassadors of Jesus and the Kingdom of God
● Partnering with God’s reconciling work in the world

4. Shaped and sustained by a supportive community

Text: Acts 2:42-47

The task of the church is “to cultivate a people who can risk being peaceful in a violent world, risk being kind in a competitive society, risk being faithful in an age of cynicism, risk being gentle among those who admire the tough, risk love when it may not be returned, because we have confidence that in Christ we have been reborn into a new reality.” – Stanley Hauerwas

 

1. What part of the teaching challenged you the most? Did you disagree with?
2. How does our view of others shape our response to them or to their behaviour? Is a commitment to peace and reconciliation helped or hindered by the way we view others? (Read and reflect on 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Galatians 2:11-16; 3:26-28)
3. How does an orientation toward peacemaking make a difference in our everyday lives? (Matthew 5:38-48)
4. Consider the implications in your life of giving your ultimate allegiance to Jesus? Would anyone know we are actually citizens of another kingdom by our values or the way we live our lives? (1 Peter 2:9-12)
5. How does belonging to and engagement in a local church help shape us to be a more fully committed follower of Jesus, especially when it seems hard? How can you encourage others in their discipleship? (Hebrews 10:19-25)

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