Resolving Everyday Conflict

Conflict is common. It’s common to all people and it’s common to all of life. It’s usually experienced in our ordinary interactions with an overbearing boss, a challenging colleague, a difficult neighbor, a moody teenager, a complaining spouse, etc. Conflict is common but applying the gospel to our conflicts is not. Most of us hate conflict. So we either respond with dysfunctional conflict avoidance or dysfunctional anger. Either way bitterness and callousness set in. Though we want to deal with conflict in a more God-honoring, people-loving way we often do not know how to.

Resolving Everyday Conflict is a nine-week study, based on the book by Peacemaker Ministries, that seeks to unpack key biblical principles for dealing with conflict resolution and cultivating healthier relationships. It is a Christ-centered study that presents powerful and practical answers to everyday problems. Whether you’re struggling in a relationship at home, at work, at school, or know someone who is, this study offers help for living out the gospel in our relationships.

Workbooks are available for this study (from our Wednesday night service – 7:00pm each week). If you would like to purchase a copy, please email the church office. Cost per book: $5. I addition, you can also pick up the book copy of the original material from Peacemaker Ministries: Resolving Everyday Conflict here.

Manny Pereira - September 18, 2019

Relationships Matter More

This session applies the gospel to relational conflict because relationships matter more. To this end, God's shalom is considered in its richness and import for our relationships. The principles of shalom are then applied for the sake of rightly responding to conflict. Through the lenses of shalom we see that our response to conflict should be more about reconciliation than mere resolution. We also see that the glory of our reconciliation with God that we have in Christ is the key to our reconciliation to one another. Praising God for vertical reconciliation furnishes both the ground and goal of horizontal reconciliation with one another. We also see that natural responses to conflict (attack and escape responses) reflect a devaluing of our relationship with God and one another. This session is based on chapter three in the book, “Resolving Everyday Conflict”.

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