“The Passionate Pursuit of Peace“

Speaker: Troy Champ

Series: Chasing Wisdom

Primary text: Proverbs 20:3; 17:14; 26:17; 16:28

Speaker: Troy Champ
Series: Chasing Wisdom
Primary text: Proverbs 20:3; 17:14; 26:17; 16:28

Passionately pursue peace.

The Proverbs talk a lot about conflict. The greedy stir up conflict, angry people stir up conflict, hatred stirs up conflict, a perverse person stirs up conflict. As Christians, we’re called to the opposite—instead of stirring up conflict, what if you stirred up peace? In the angry, contentious, politically divisive season we’re living in today, being a peacemaker may not be easy. Too often, when the pursuit of peace is painful, we disengage; we give up; we pull away; or worse, we react in bitterness. But a peacemaker is not someone who avoids conflict, or someone who withdraws. A peacemaker seeks peace where they can’t find it; the peacemaker creates peace where they can’t see it; the peacemaker forges peace out of the broken pieces of relationships. So to be like Jesus, you have to passionately pursue peace.

Other texts in this message: Luke 6:13-16, 27-28, 1 Timothy 2:1-2, 1 Peter 2:17, Philippians 2:2-5; 3:20; 4:2, Matthew 5:9, Proverbs 26: 21; 28:25; 29:22; 30:33; 10:12, John 13:35, Colossians 3:11,15, Ephesians 4:3, Romans 14:19; 12:14,18

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Be a peacemaker in your relationships.
Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.
Be someone else’s peacemaker.
Equip yourself for peacemaking.

Book Recommendations:
Crucial Conversations – If You Don’t Talk It Out, You’ll Act It Out by Joseph Grenny
How to Have That Difficult Conversation by Henry Cloud
Everybody Wins by Gary Chapman
The Art of Forgiving by Lewis Smedes

Reach across the aisle before the election.

Verse for the Week: Proverbs 18:24

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You Keep Hope Alive
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Jesus Messiah
Daniel Carson, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves, and Chris Tomlin

Living Hope
Phil Wickham


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