Blessed are the Peacemakers (8 of 26) by Jonathan McLeod

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Blessed are the Peacemakers (8 of 26)
Series: Kingdom Life
Jonathan McLeod
Matthew 5:9

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matt. 5:9).

SCRIPTURE READING

The eighth beatitude is about making peace. Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matt. 5:9). The apostle Paul wrote about making peace in Romans 12.

[Read Romans 12:9-21.]

CHURCH SPLITS

Some church splits would be funny if they weren’t so tragic. In the little town of Centerville, Georgia, there was originally one Presbyterian church. Then in 1911, a disagreement arose in the church over whether to take up the offering before or after the sermon. Some members of the congregation left and began a new church: “Centerville Reformed Presbyterian Church.” Just four years later another church split occurred over whether to have flowers in the sanctuary or not. The church that split off was renamed “Trinity Reformed Presbyterian Church of Centerville.”

Through the years several more church splits occurred so that the one original church split into 48 different churches. The last split was over whether or not it was a sin to check your email on a Sunday. Several people left the Second Street First Ninth Westminster Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church and named their new church “The Presbyterian Totally Reformed Covenantal Westministerian Sabbatarian Regulative Credo-Communionist Ammillennial Presuppostional Church of Centerville.”

THE GOD OF PEACE

Three times in the New Testament God is described as “the God of peace” (Rom. 16:20; 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 13:20). Peace is not merely the absence of conflict. God wants our relationships to bring happiness to our lives.
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