PEACE AND RECONCILIATION

We believe that God offers peace and reconciliation to all humanity through the work of Christ on the cross. Followers of Christ’s law of love affirm the sacredness of life as they make peace in personal, social, and international situations.

Peace through Christ. The church demonstrates the power of Christ’s work by its life together. There are many differences in God’s people and still we find our common foundation in Jesus Christ. We are a community of reconciliation because God intends to bless the world through his people. We strive for unity and friendship because Jesus prayed that we would be one. We have found peace with God through Jesus Christ and now we invite the world to share in our peace.

Jn 17:10-11, 20-23; Ro 5:10; 1 Co 1:10; 2 Co 5:16-20; Eph 2:13-17; 4:1-6; Col 1:19-23; 1 Pe 3:8-9

Law of Love. Followers of Jesus Christ live by a law that can restore the relationships broken by sin, death, and Satan. We are to love God with our whole being and love our neighbors as ourselves. After receiving God’s gracious love, we now bear the responsibility to share God’s love. In the church, the law of love provides a standard in appreciating differences, offering forgiveness, and healing broken lives. In the world, the law of love provides incentive to move beyond our boundaries. God calls us to love persons in our communities, the strangers entering our borders, and those living beyond our borders.

Mt 5:43-48; Jn 13:34; 1 Co 13; Eph 2:11-22; 1 Jn 4:20-21

Sacredness of Life. God has created and continues to nourish the gift of life. Our churches will continue to be places where life is highly respected. We will affirm the dignity of all people including the pre-born, the handicapped, and the elderly, so that they may enjoy God’s gift of life. We will only support the means of resolving international disputes that promote justice and preserve life. We will support the privilege of life for lawbreakers in society. We will seek to enhance the quality of life for the poor and persons at risk. We will provide support for families and persons with broken relationships.

Ge 1:26; 6:7; Ex 10:13; Ps 139:13-16; Pr 22:9; Isa 51:4-5; Mt 5:21-22; Jn 10:10

Making peace. The church is an ambassador calling people to reconciliation with God. We are peacemakers proclaiming the good news of peace with God. We gain knowledge of peace with God through the study of God’s word. We desire to model peace by actively seeking reconciliation between individuals and groups within the church. We support a non-violent approach to solving conflicts. We encourage governments to promote justice and compassion for their citizens. We believe in working for peace using peaceful means to the point of personal suffering and death. We present the Gospel with the love of Christ and like Christ we trust God for the victory.

Mt 5:3-12; 18:15-20; Ro 12:14-21; 1 Co 6:1-11; Eph 2:11-22

For more reading check out this article from in the Recorder.

PEACE AND RECONCILIATION – the Recorder Article.

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