New Sunday School Series on Peacemaking

This February and March, we will be teaching an adult Sunday School class on peacemaking. God is the God of peace (Rom 15:33), in Christ we have peace with God (Rom 5:1), and one of the fruits of vertical peace with God is that we are brought into fellowship with one another, with whom we are to walk in peace (2 Cor 13:11).

Through this class we will consider peacemaking principles from God’s Word, and how we might submit ourselves to God’s Word as we seek to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph 4:1-3).

Peacemaking is important for all of our relationships. Conflict can arise with friends, neighbors, spouses, children, co-workers, and even our brothers and sisters in the church. It is important that we understand what peace truly is, and how God’s Word guides us to peace.

Some of our class content will be based upon Ken Sande’s book, The Peace Maker. This book is now available on our bookshelf, and if you have a Prince William County library card, it is available for free on Hoopla Digital as an eBook or audiobook. Please note that the copy on our bookshelf is a more recent and updated edition.

In James 3:13-18, we read: “Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

As disciples of Jesus, we are to be peacemakers (Matt 5:9). Please pray with us for this upcoming Sunday School series, that that the fruit of peace would be grown in us (Gal 5:22).

Ben Purves