The Beatitudes Lesson 12
1. Jesus began His Sermon on the Mount by giving "the Beatitudes" (Matthew 5:3-12).
2. In the Beatitudes,:
a. Jesus revealed some special blessings that are available to His followers
b. Jesus gave His requirements for receiving these blessings.
3. This lesson is a study of the 7th Beatitude -- "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called
the children of God" (Matthew 5:9).
I. THE BIBLE TEACHES HOW GOD FEELS ABOUT "PEACE" AND "CONFLICT"
A. We learn how God feels about "peace" from Psalm 133.
B. We learn how God feels about "conflict" from Proverbs 6:16-19.
C. When we understand how God feels about "peace" and "conflict," we can appreciate why . . .
II. THE NEW TESTAMENT REPEATEDLY TEACHES CHRISTIANS TO PURSUE PEACE
A. Romans 12:18
B. Romans 14:19
C. 1 Thessalonians 5:13b
D. Hebrews 12:14
III. LET US CONSIDER SEVERAL BIBLE CHARACTERS WHO WERE PEACEMAKERS
A. Abraham (Genesis 13:7-9)
B. Isaac (Genesis 26:17-22)
C. The Apostles (Acts 6:1-7)
IV. INSTRUCTIONS FOR PEACEMAKERS
A. Ephesians 4:1-3
B. Philippians 2:1-4
C. Colossians 3:12-13
D. James 3:13-18 (pursue the right kind of wisdom)
E. 1 Peter 3:10-11
1. Being a peacemaker is not always easy.
2. However, those who make peace will receive a great blessing -- "they shall be called the children