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C.O.R.E. Chapter 6 - Fox Valley Church

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C.O.R.E. Chapter 6
Persecuted Peacemakers
The Peacemakers
Matthew 5:9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”Colossians 1:19-20“God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross”
2 Corinthians 5:17-20Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
Romans 12:18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.1 Timothy 2:4Who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.2 Corinthians 10:3-5For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Living in Peace
Matthew 5:21-26“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”
“Therefore , if you are offering your gift at the alter and remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.”
“Settle Matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.”
Children of God
Luke 11:27“Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you”Ephesians 5:1-2Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Persecuted
Matthew 5:10“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”Matthew 5:11-12“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Salt and Light
Matthew 5:13-16“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others. That they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Questions
Can you say you live your life everyday as a peacemaker?Do we often get irritated by what others do?If someone were trying to learn about the character and value of Christians by only observing your life, what would be discovered?How do you feel about facing persecution for being a Christian?

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C.O.R.E. Chapter 6 - Fox Valley Church