THE WAY OF PEACE

The Way of Peace is profoundly Biblical. It is also beautiful and inspiring.

Teaching it can be exhilarating because of how wonderful it is. It can also be difficult because of how it runs counter to our natural selves and our cultural assumptions. This site has documents, videos, podcasts, and references for you to use as you prepare to teach the Way of Peace winsomely and accurately.

How to teach the Way of Peace

Scroll down to see five videos of narrated PowerPoint presentations. The first introduces the Way of Peace and suggests reasons why you should teach it. The second and third presentations offer help for teaching the Way of Peace. The Way of Peace is beautiful and inspiring, but it is also controversial at points, so the fourth presentations highlights common misunderstandings and other pitfalls in teaching it. The final presentation narrates some resources that are available here to help you understand and teach the Way of Peace.

Teaching the Way of Peace, Introduction

Teaching the Way of Peace, How to Construct a Persuasive Presentation

Teaching the Way of Peace, How to Construct a Vision and Passion Presentation

Teaching the Way of Peace, Sensitivities

Teaching the Way of Peace, Resources

The Way of Peace document

The following Word document was written at the request of the Elder Body. As you will see, it is still in its draft form. It has not been formally approved by the Elders. It should not be read as an official statement of the ACCA. You may find this helpful for teaching and defending the Way of Peace as we understand it. It includes considerations of Scriptural passages that some see as contradicting the Way of Peace.

Scriptural Stepping Stones

Use these videos to think about what Scriptures you might use as you prepare your presentation on the Way of Peace.

Genesis One: The Way of Peace Begins in the Beginning

Theme: The first revelation of God's character is that he is creative. Importantly, he creates, affirms, and celebrates life.

Keywords: Genesis, life, creation, creativity, character of God

Useful for: Building a case for the WoP as typical of God's character, and for a Vision and Passion WoP presentation.

Genesis Two: The Character of God

Theme: If we see each other as God sees us--as specially created bearers of His image, for the purpose of fellowship with him--can we do anything less than seek peace with each other?

Keywords: Genesis, creation, image of God, Beatitudes

Useful for: Building a case for the WoP as typical of God's character, and for a Vision and Passion WoP presentation.

Genesis Three: Redemption in the Midst of Justice

Theme: God's character includes righteousness and justice, yet in the midst of his imposing of justice he lays out his offer of and plan for redemption. God prefers mercy and redemption.

Keywords: Genesis, the Fall, sin, mercy, justice, Messiah, Savior, character of God

Useful for: Building a case for the WoP as typical of God's character, and for a Vision and Passion WoP Presentation.

Genesis Four: Cain and Abel

Theme: God's merciful character and desire for repentance and forgiveness is on display when a man murders one of God's precious children.

Keywords: Cain, Abel, sin, murder, capital punishment, mercy, character of God

Useful for: Building a case for the WoP as typical of God's character, and for a Vision and Passion WoP

The Conquest of Canaan

Theme: The violence of the conquest of Canaan was likely not God's original intent, and we've probably exaggerated it anyway. What violence did occur is probably more of an example of God's faithfulness and mercy than a rationale for violence today.

Keywords: war, God's faithfulness, mercy, conquest, Canaan, genocide

Useful for: A Persuasion WoP presentation and apologetics

King David the Warrior

Theme: King David was a man after God's own heart, said God himself. He was also a warrior. Here we discuss how David being a warrior was more of a problem than we might think.

Keywords: David, war, mercy, earthy kingdom, two kingdoms, government violence

Useful for: A Persuasion WoP presentation

Peter and Cornelius

Theme: Peter, led by the Spirit, threw wide open the door to God's kingdom when he baptized the Gentile Cornelius. What a beautiful story of God's boundless mercy! But the Bible does not say that Peter demanded Cornelius leave the military. Is that a problem for the Way of Peace?

Keywords: Peter, Cornelius, Gentile, baptism, military, government violence, idolatry

Useful for: A Persuasion WoP presentation

Jesus in the Temple

Theme: Mistranslation of the Greek turns the beautiful story of Jesus making peace with all the nations into a story of Jesus committing violence against his people.

Keywords: Jesus, Temple, Violence, peace with nations, whip

Useful for: A Persuasion WoP presentation

Jesus and the Two Swords

Theme: It is true that Jesus told his disciples to buy swords. On the surface, that seems problematic for Christian nonviolence. This video digs deeper and suggests that actually his command may be an important stepping stone along the Way of Peace.

Keywords: sword, two swords tradition

Useful for: A Persuasion WoP presentation

The Sermon on the Mount, Introduction: God Speaks to the Refugee
Theme
: Two famous messages from God were delivered on a mountain top, the first with the establishment of Israel's earthly kingdom, the second when the Messiah announced the Kingdom of Heaven. The Sermon on the Mount is the Constitution for the Kingdom of Heaven.
Keywords: Sermon on the Mount, Jesus and the WoP, character, humility
Useful for: A Vision and Passion WoP presentation

The Sermon on the Mount, II: The Character of Followers of the King
Theme: The Sermon has been called the Constitution of the Kingdom. It begins with the humble and peaceful character of the Kingdom's citizens.
Keywords: Sermon on the Mount, WoP character
Useful for: A Vision and Passion WoP presentation