Talk Notes

Pastor Matt Nelson – Acts: Peacemakers

February 23, 2020

How we handle conflict will determine our impact, the depth of community we experience, and testify to the work of the gospel in our lives.

Acts 13:13

From Paphos, Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia, where John Mark left them to return to Jerusalem.

Keys to handling conflict in a healthy way:

1) Choose to be a peacemaker

Matthew 5:9

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

2) Understand your natural tendencies in conflict and choose a peacemaking response

Matthew 18:15-17

15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

Matthew 5:21-24

21 “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.’ 22 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.

23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

3. Practice the secrets of conflict resolution: HUMILITY and HONOR

  • Benefits of being a peacemaker & dealing with conflict:
  • You are being used by God to restore shalom and bring God’s kingdom to earth
  • You refuse to live under the weight of unforgiveness and bitterness
  • You will gain the respect and trust of many, especially those you lead
  • You will often be able to continue in the work that God has called you to
  • You are living in the freedom and blessing of knowing that God will honor those who honor others

 

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What is Lent?
The 40 days leading up to Easter, where a follower of Jesus gives themselves to prayer, fasting, self-examination, and repentance.
When is Lent?
It officially begins Wednesday, February 26th (Ash Wednesday) and ends Thursday, April 9th (the day before Good Friday).
Why Lent? Why do we follow the Christian calendar?
As early as the mid 2nd century the early church begin reorienting their calendar around the saving events of the life of Jesus instead of the culture around them. Lent is a part of this Christian calendar along with Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost. Lent follows a biblical pattern throughout the Bible (Moses, Elijah, Jesus) of fasting for 40 days. Lent is a time to prepare our hearts and build anticipation for Holy Week and the resurrection of Easter. The goal is to let go of the things in our lives in order to give our attention to Christ in a special way. During this time we develop a deeper hunger for God, experience breakthroughs in certain areas of our lives, and establish new patterns and rhythms as we break old patterns and rhythms.
Can I break my fast on Sundays?
That is completely up to you. According to historical church tradition, Sundays are not counted during Lent because it is a day when the fast is broken (celebrated as mini-Easters or mini-celebrations along the Lent journey).
What do we do during Lent?
  • Fast – Fasting is a biblical and ancient spiritual practice that reveals our excessive attachment to things
  • Repent – Repentance is a regular returning to God with a humble and contrite heart
  • Pray – make time for intentional prayer, solitude, and space for God
  • Receive God’s forgiveness and extravagant love
What should you fast during Lent?
  • Anything that is out of balance, you may not have control over, or feel enslaved to
  • Something you can give up that represents a sacrifice
  • Eliminating something that would free up space for more focused attention on God and spiritual formation
  • Examples: Food (full, partial, or Daniel fast), social media, alcohol/caffeine/sugar, overwork, tv/movies, cell phone use, anything you may be excessively attached to.
What are some examples of food fasts?
  • Full Fast: Drink only liquids (if you’ve never attempted a full fast don’t start here and be sure to consult a professional/physician before trying it)
  • Daniel Fast: Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables. (check out http://daniel-fast.com for more information)
  • 3-Day Intervals Fast: Full fast, Daniel fast, or give up at least one item of food in 3 day intervals
  • Sunrise to Sundown Fast: Fast during the day from sunup to sundown
  • Partial Fast: Examples include fasting for lunch or from 6am-3pm daily, or sunup to sundown, etc. 
List of recommended Lent devotional to purchase:
Important Dates on the Lenten Journey:
  • Feb 26 – Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent)
  • April 5 – Palm Sunday
  • April 9 – The official end of the Lent season
  • April 10 – Good Friday
  • April 12 – Easter Sunday

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Common Good Community Center – Myers City Group

Doing repair and cleaning work at the new community center in Eugene Field.

Delivering Tacos to the Homeless – Travis Rempel

Delivering breakfast tacos and praying with the homeless downtown.

Eliot Elementary – Matt & Lindsay Nelson

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Emergency Infant Services – Move In – Broughton City Group (Saturday)

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Gift Baskets Around Tulsa – Hannah Demuth

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Goodie Bags for the Homeless – Paige Acklin

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