Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Peacemaker Catechism

All verses will be English Standard Version unless otherwise noted.
1. Who is the great Peacemaker? God, through the gospel, makes peace with rebellious sinners.
Romans 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 

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2. What is conflict? Conflict is when two or more people have opposing desires.
Galatians 5:15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.
3. What are the different responses to conflict? Escape, attack, or work it out.
Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 

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4. What does it mean to escape conflict? Blaming, denying, or running from a conflict.
5.What does it mean to attack? To harm others with your words or hands.
2 Timothy 2:24-25 "... the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,

6. What does it mean to work it out? To make peace through confession, forgiveness, talking it out, or getting help.
Romans 12:18 (NIV84) "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."

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7. What are your responsibilities in responding to a conflict? The 4 G’s which are glorify God, Get the log out of your eye, gently restore, and go and be reconciled.
Matthew 5:23-26 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

8. What is it to glorify God? When my chief desire is for God to be honored in handling a conflict.

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11. What is a helpful guide in how to confess? The 7 A’s which are Address everyone involved; Avoid if, but, and maybe; Admit specifically; Acknowledge the hurt; Accept the consequences; Alter your behavior; Ask for forgiveness.
1 John 1:9 (NIV84) 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
13. What does it mean to go and be reconciled? It means to forgive another's sins that have come between your relationship.

Colossians (NKJV) 3:13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

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14. What is forgiveness? It is a promise to not allow sin to come between your relationship by bringing it up the other person, other people, and yourself.
15. What should you do if you have sought to do the 4 G’s with a brother or sister and there is still no peace? You should seek help from others in the church.
16. Is it right for believers to resolve conflicts with other believers in civil courts? No, wise persons within the body should help resolve conflicts.
17. How should you treat a person if all attempts at reconciliation have failed? I should keep loving my enemy.
Luke 6:27-28 "...I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, dogood to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you."

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18. What are some attitudes that will promote life-long peacemaking? The Christian attitudes of love, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Galatians 5:16 16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Ephesians 5:1–2 1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

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20. How does love promote peace? Love promotes peace by enabling forgiveness and equipping gentle restoration.



21. What is humility? Humility is honestly seeing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness.



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22. How does humility help promote peace? Humility is quick to confess and counts others as more important.

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23. What is gentleness? Gentleness is loving control over your emotions, words, and actions.

James 3:13–15 (NKJV): Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth...17 But the wisdom that is from above is firstpure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits,without partiality and without hypocrisy.

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24.  How does gentleness promote peace? Gentleness can kill conflicts and restores others with kind words.



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25. What is patience? Patience is enduring poor treatment without revenge.


26. How does patience promote peace? Patience stays calm and steer toward a righteous response.

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