What if you could make decisions that brought peace to your life, and because of those decisions, helped to bring peace to the lives of others, as well? What if you could see your family grow stronger, your workplace more trusting, and your friendships more gracious? What if these decisions weren’t only helpful for our own interpersonal conflicts, but could also be the kind of actions that deescalate strife between groups of people who have been feuding for centuries?
This January, we will start a sermon series titled, “The Anatomy of Peace,” after The Arbinger Institute book of the same title. We’ll reflect on scriptural pathways to peace as we journey through wisdom that helps us look past divisive behaviors and into the heart. We’ll look at the mind-tricks we sometimes engage to justify seeing our opponents as obstacles and objects instead of as other human beings. Ultimately, we’ll look at what it means to help spread a contagious peace as God’s children, a peace that the Bible tells us “surpasses understanding.”
· January 6: The Heart of Peace Matthew 18:15-20
· January 13: From Peace to War Luke 10:29-32
· January 20: From War to Peace Luke 10:33-37
· January 27: Spreading Peace James 3:13-18
Please join us each Sunday for this timely series on how to introduce a powerful peace to our hearts in ways that can change our lives, our families, our friendships, our communities, and our world.
Yours in Christ,