eNews @ Peacemaker Ministries – March 2008

 

eNews @ Peacemaker Ministries – March 2008

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Monthly news and commentary on biblical peacemaking

March 2008

In This Issue:

• Resurrection: Accepting the Consequences of God’s Greatest Act of Peacemaking

• Peacemaker Ministries Starts a Blog

• 2008 Peacemaker Conference Deadline Approaching

• Conciliators Ready to Serve

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Upcoming Event Schedule:
• March 27-29, Ripley, WV –Conflict Coaching & Mediation
• April 4-5, Sacramento, CA – Peacemaker Seminar
 • April 5, Greensburg, IN – Peacemaker Seminar
• April 10-12, Salem, OR – Conflict Coaching & Mediation
• April 11-12 – Dresher, PA – Peacemaker Seminar• April 18-19, Dallas, TX – Mediation Only
  • April 24-26, St. Louis, MO – Conflict Coaching & Mediation• May 2 -3 – Newnan, GA – Peacemaker Seminar• May 29-31, Sacramento, CA – Conflict Coaching and Mediation
• Pre-Conference Events
 ** September 23-25, 2008 –  Conflict Coaching & Mediation
 ** September 23-25, 2008 –  Reconciling Church Conflict

** September 23-25, 2008 –  Certification Training
** September 23-25, 2008 –  Teaching Peacemaking Cross-Culturally
** September 24-25, 2008 – Reconciling Marital Conflict

More information, registration, or complete listing of upcoming events

 

Resurrection: Accepting the Consequences of God’s Greatest Act of Peacemaking

By David Edling, Senior Ministry Consultant (retired) for Peacemaker Ministries

If you are familiar with Peacemaker Ministries’ materials, you know that “accept the consequences” is one of the Seven A’s of Confession. When we confess our sin completely, we show that our confession is sincere by taking responsibility for the harm we have caused. In other words, we willingly “accept the consequences.”

Similarly, when we confess Christ as our Lord and Savior, we show that our profession of faith is sincere by accepting the consequences. But what does that really mean? As Easter approaches, I have been thinking about how accepting God’s gift of eternal life in Christ also means accepting the “consequence” that it was my sin that made Christ’s death on the cross necessary. Realizing this was, for me, the first step in recognizing my need for a Savior who could completely and effectively take responsibility for my sin and its harmful effects. The sacrifice for my sin could not be borne by me, but only by the One who knew no sin. Therefore, only Jesus Christ, the spotless Lamb, could be offered as an acceptable sacrifice, reconciling me with God the Father (see Revelation 5).

This is the gospel—the good news that the consequences of my sins are paid for and forgiven in Christ, because he alone is worthy. All who have stopped trusting in their own worthless sacrifice and have placed their trust in Christ for eternal life know this to be true.

But how often do we stop to think about the other consequence, the present consequence of the resurrection? This is not what I usually consider when I think of accepting the consequences of the gospel. And yet this is the very reality the apostle Paul highlights when he teaches about the good news.

Consider 1 Corinthians 15:16-17: “For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” And verse 19: “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.” I enjoy the benefit of his sacrifice for my sin right now—a present consequence of Christ’s resurrection nearly 2000 years ago. How can this be?

The answer can be found in the mystery of our spiritual union with Christ. Paul explains, “Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection” (Rom. 6:3-5, emphasis added). Christ’s resurrection is the proof that I will be raised—just as he was raised. The present consequence I accept as a result of God’s peacemaking in Christ is the certainty of my own resurrection! What a consequence! I will be raised again!

The present reality of my future resurrection also has other consequences today. According to Romans 6:10-11, “The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Being “dead to sin and alive to God” means that as I boldly accept the consequences of my resurrection life, I will therefore also “live to God” by resisting the temptation to escape or attack in the midst of conflict, and humbly confessing whenever I sin and hurt others. Being a peacemaker is a natural outcome of the resurrection.

As we celebrate the resurrection of Christ this Easter, we will have that special opportunity to remember the present consequence of being dead to sin and alive to God. As a fellow resurrection being, join with me and accept the consequences of the greatest act of peacemaking ever displayed—the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus, King of kings, Lord of lords, and Peacemaker of peacemakers.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.   2 Corinthians 5:21

Peacemaker Ministries Starts a Blog

There are already more than 100 million blogs in existence, but now there’s one more. A couple of weeks ago, Peacemaker Ministries launched its new blog: Route 5:9. This blog will seek to reflect on the journey of peacemaking—what it means to live out Matthew 5:9—”Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” We’ve noticed that there is a lot going on in the world today that relates to peacemaking, gospel-centered relationships, and life in the church—more than we could tell you about in a forum like eNews @ Peacemaker Ministries. And so we’ve created Route 5:9 as a way to connect with you on a more frequent basis. It will contain original articles, links to helpful discussions, and timely analyses of issues of related to biblical peacemaking. So take a trip to Route 5:9 and check it out for yourself!  Here is a quick sample of a recent post:

Thanks, Jeromy, for highlighting what a beautiful model of everyday peacemaking we see in Mark Driscoll’s message (and in his interaction with CJ Mahaney and John Piper).  I wanted to follow up with a short comment about how much I appreciated Mark’s emphasis on God’s grace. In his apology, he says he has failed to follow up a strong (and correct) emphasis on God’s holiness and our sin with a clear and passionate declaration of the ongoing grace of God in our lives.

The result is that we know we are sinners, but we don’t move forward to be worshipers. All we hear is, “Your whole life is corrupt and evil,” which doesn’t make us want to have a relationship with God. Mark says, “What I really need you to know is: ‘God is a God who is abounding in grace; he really loves you!’ It is grace that says, ‘You are loved. God knows you, God loves you, God cares about you.'”

I think we have a tendency at PM to do this sometimes, too. When we’re coaching people who are in conflict, or teaching about peacemaking, we (I’m surely guilty of this) can overemphasize the need to look inside, to identify and confess our “logs,” letting the emphasis on our sin overshadow the glorious truth of the gospel, which is that Christ died for those logs, and he loves us in spite of them.

What power and motivation for our peacemaking—not only are we sinners in the hands of a holy God, but that God is also the Father of prodigals—he knows us, he loves us, he cares for us, and he is always eager to welcome us back.

2008 Peacemaker Conference Deadline Approaching

http://peacemaker.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/ac2008-logo-sm.jpgThere’s just about 10 days left to take advantage of the current registration prices for the 2008 Peacemaker Conference. Prices go up after March 31, so register soon! The 2008 Conference promises to be another great event, centering on the theme, “The Power of a Peacemaking Church.”

The featured speakers each have a contagious passion for Christ and the peace he brings, so mark your calendar and join us in Orlando, Florida on September 25-27 for the peacemaking event of the year! And bring a group to save even more—for every four people you bring, the fifth is free!

 

Conciliators Ready to Serve

One of the questions frequently asked of Peacemaker Ministries is, “Is there someone in my area who can help me with the conflict I’m facing?” It is great that people are willing to reach out for help in their time of crisis—that is the body of Christ in action. We love to be able to point people to brothers and sisters who are skilled and trained in peacemaking. That’s why we are particularly pleased to now offer a public listing of Certified Christian Conciliators who are willing to field inquiries from people in their geographical area.

 

Peacemaker Ministries  P.O. Box 81130 Billings, Montana 59108 (406)256-1583 http://peacemaker.net

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