PeaceBREAKING

Series: FUNhouse

Review this week’s message and discuss the questions with someone... maybe a family member or friend. Use a communication method that works best for you during this time of quarantine.


KEY SCRIPTURES
  • "And why worry about a speck in your friend's eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, 'Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,' when you can't see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend's eye." Matthew 7:3-5 (NLT)
  • The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)
  • Don't be quick to fly off the handle. Anger boomerangs. You can spot a food by the lumps on his head. Ecclesiastes 7:9 (MSG)
  • Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless... that's your job, to bless. You'll be a blessing and also get a blessing. Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good, Here's what you do; Say nothing evil or hurtful; Snub evil and cultivate good; run after peace for all you're worth. God looks on all this with approval, listening and responding well to what He's asked. 1 Peter 3:8-11 (MSG)
TALK IT OVER
  • Through this series, we'll be looking at 3 ways we respond to conflict. This week we looked at the first one; ATTACKING. Attacking breaks peace in our relationships because it assaults, litigates, and murders. Out of these 3 attacking responses, what's something that stood out to you, and why?
  • The heart of an attacker is "blame-focused". When do you find yourself blaming others?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 10:13. What are some ways God has provided "a way out" for you in times of conflict?


LIVE IT OUT
  • Take a look at the conflict in your life and see where you're responded as a peaceBREAKER. What relationships have you played a part in killing? Make a list of the people who have been affected by your attacking response, and pray every day this week for God to heal those relationships. *Keep your list... we'll be using this later in this series.
  • Ask God to show you the way out the next time you're facing conflict.  To know if you're breaking the peace, ask yourself the following 4 questions...
  1. Am I more interested in winning than saving this relationship?...
  2. Am I trying to control someone, take advantage of the situation, or assert what I feel is my right?...
  3. Am I focusing more on someone else's faults, instead of looking at myself and a desire that's ruling me?...
  4. Am I focusing more on someone else's faults, instead of looking at myself and a desire that's ruling me?...
  • Do something FUN with the people you're quarantined with. If you're alone, then call someone or Facetime. Don't allow the stay-at-home order make things worse in your relationships, or your house. This week, focus on the people around you. Sacrifice your time. Turn your phone off for a day and spend time with the people you love.



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