Oct 27, 2019
The Bible calls us to become BRIDGE-BUILDERS who can bridge the GAP in broken relationships. God calls such people as PEACEMAKERS. Here’s a REVIEW of our simple outline of the sermon:
I. HAPPINESS of the PEACEMAKERS
(a)The prerequisite in becoming a peacemaker
(b)Steps to peacemaking II.REWARD of the PEACEMAKERS
(b) Steps to peacemaking
1. We must strive to bring men to be at PEACE with God. There are two ways to do that: a. Intercession 1 Ti 2:1First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.
2. We must strive to bring men to be at PEACE with EACH OTHER.
ATTITUDES RELEVANT to PEACE:
a. Child-like simplicity – Haven’t you noticed how easy it is for kids to patch things up among themselves?
b. Motive: Reconciliation and restoration through genuine repentance
c. A willingness to give in – sometimes to the point of sacrificing your own rights.
d.Must not have a DIVIDE and CONQUER mentality.
e. Look for points of agreement and not disagreement.
f. Must learn to control one’s tongue and anger
g. Must be willing to take the initiative.
h. Thoughts must be filled with thoughts of peace and not anger or violence.
II.REWARD of the PEACEMAKERS
In almost every age of history, the greatest heroes have been the greatest warriors. We rationalize and say that war is a necessity and anyway perfect peace is found only in heaven. With this mindset, we can live embattled lives of bitterness and hatred, just like “Rambo” in “Last Blood” who sought revenge for his wounded heart.
In the midst of this chaos, I am reminded of a beautiful picture of a custom of the
When two Jews met each other or part from one another, they say “SHALOM! PEACE!”. The men of war throw stones, but the peacemaker builds a bridge out of those stones. May you be a peacemaker.