Over the years of peacemaking, we believed that we knew and practiced these principles, yet to our own amazement, we discovered that along the way we had either learned an incorrect understanding of the principles, had failed to learn some of the key elements of the principles, or somehow had misapplied or failed to apply these principles -- you may have too -- NO CONDEMNATION OR BLAME, just love and gentle instruction and correction from God's Word.
We've also noted that those who participate in the PeaceMakers ministry often share of the tremendous opportunity for insights, wisdom, healing and Spiritual growth that takes place as the Holy Spirit directs -- as well as the struggle of overcoming old and destructive ways of thinking, acting and believing. If you have any questions or comments, about PeaceMakers, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Serving Christ Together,
P.S. We encourage you to increase in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. God asks us to live as all that Jesus Christ said is true.
THEREFORE: In the event there should arise any dispute or misunderstandings, we agree, that our dispute(s) be settled according to the mandate of: 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1Corinthians 6:1-7, using the procedure stated in Matthew 18:15-20 and the substantive laws, scriptural principles, standards of evidence and remedies of the Kingdom of God as directs in the Holy Bible. If we are unable to resolve our dispute(s) between ourselves, we hereby consent and agree to submit our dispute for mediation and arbitration to PeaceMakers.net
RELEASE OF LIABILITY: In consideration of the services of conciliation, mediation, arbitration, Spiritual instruction, and discipline afforded to me through PeaceMakers.net, I do hereby, for any entity I represent, any holders of equity, or creditors, myself, my heirs, executors, and administrators, remise, release, and forever discharge PeaceMakers.net and all of its officers, agents, and employees, acting officially or otherwise, from any and all claims, demands, actions, or causes of action, because of said services, Spiritual instruction and resultant actions.
I WILL NOT USE THE SECULAR COURTS OR FILE A LAWSUIT as recourse for any dispute with PeaceMakers or any one connected to PeaceMakers.
The parties acknowledge and affirm that they have read and consent to be bound by this agreement and all of its provisions...
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PeaceMakers believes, practices and promotes the creation by Jesus Christ of the Body of Believers called the Church. Each staff and trustee are members of Christ's Body, and must be in submission to spiritual leadership. All Christians are called to participate in the ministry of reconciliation of individuals to God, to themselves, and to others.
As a part of Christ's Body - the Church, PeaceMakers' board, staff, and volunteers are committed to using their gifts and their spiritual maturity to the building of His Church. Therefore, we see our gifts as ADDING and DEVELOPING - NOT REPLACING the gifts in a local Church fellowship or para-church organization.
PeaceMakers believes that all responsibilities within the universal Body of Christ by an individual believer, an organized church, or para-church organization, are not divided, diminished or void by organizational lines (i.e. Federal laws, State laws, local governments, geography, or church/para-church organizational ties).
If there is a failure, by those in spiritual leadership, to practice Biblical principles, PeaceMakers will try to bring correction, and reconciliation to those involved. If the efforts are not successful, that spiritual leadership will be declared to be treated as a non-believer, according to Matthew 18. The individual seeking our assistance will be placed under Biblical authority.
If a local Church/para-church organization fails to exercise spiritual leadership and to practice Biblical principles, and cannot be reconciled, then that church/organization is to be treated as non-church, and the individual seeking our help will be placed under Biblical authority..
Spiritual default to the individual seeking our help, requiring that they heed the following scripture: "Obey your spiritual leaders and submit to their leadership. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account." (Hebrews 13:17)
That's why you must do your best and see that your faith carries with it real goodness of life. Add to your goodness knowledge, and to knowledge self-control, to self-control the ability to endure. Your endurance too must always be accompanied by devotion to God, that in turn must have in it the quality of brotherliness, and your brotherliness must lead on to Christian love.
When you have these qualities existing and growing in you, then it means that knowing our Lord Jesus Christ is exciting and productive. The person whose life fails to exhibit these qualities is short- sighted, he can no longer see the reason he was cleansed from his former sins. By your conduct agree God has called and chosen you. If you listen there is no reason you should stumble, and God will open wide to you the gates of the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ... 2 Peter 1:2-11
2. To receive help we first accepted God's love through His Son Jesus Christ's life, death, and resurrection; paying our death penalty and breaking the addiction of destructive living; showing us how to live in unity with God, self and others, and practiced God's principles through listening to His Spirit's directions.
3. God gave us His Word the Bible to show us ourselves and His unconditional love for us. Through following the Bible in all matters we came to peace with God, self, and others, in Brotherhood.
4. As members of the Body of Christ (comprised of individual believers, assembled in local church fellowships) God gave us those who faithfully follow His principles so we would have people who know first hand God's love and directions. We listen to their faith.
5. As members of the Body of Christ, we meet with other believers to encourage each other to love and good works, devoted to the principles of Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit; in worship, fellowship, communion, prayer, ridding ourselves of all evil, confessing our sins, receiving and giving forgiveness, praying for healing of others, building the unity of true believers, bringing back the strays, and searching for the lost.
6. We resolve matters in dispute and/or the observation of anothers sin, because we love our brothers as God loves us. Matthew 18:15-20, Luke 17:3, Galatains 6:1-2, and 1 Corinthians 6:1-7.
We share the hope of Jesus Christ that is within us, helping make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything Jesus Christ commanded.
Since those in spiritual leadership over you are part of the helping team, confidential information may be shared with them, on a need to know basis.
There may be times when to help you, PeaceMakers may seek the aid of other Christians and/or health care, legal or other professionals and PeaceMakers assume (by your participation beyond one session) your consent to our sharing your confidential information with them.
There may be times when PeaceMakers may need important information about you that will aid in caring for you and we assume (by your participation beyond one session) your consent to the release of any and all requested information, medical or otherwise, from those having information about you, to PeaceMakers.net and/or a PeaceMakers representative.
We learned that as we receive help, we have the Biblical responsibilities, according to our ability, to share all good things with your instructor, Galatians6:6, et. al. Malachi 3:10-12; Luke 10:7; Romans 15:25-27; 1 Corinthians 9; and 2 Corinthians 8 & 9.
PeaceMakers.net pledges to fully account to God and man for the Biblical collection and Godly use and distributions of God's resources. An audited financial statement is available for your reading upon request. PeaceMakers.net is a leader in the highest financial accountability, standards, and practices of Christian brotherhood.
We ask that you joyfully accept the responsibility, privilege and accountability of the Biblical priority of doing your best to support the ministry of PeaceMakers.net so that others may freely receive the love of Jesus Christ and the help they seek.
WHY SOME CRY DESPERATELY FOR HELP BUT HELP DOESN'T COME... Isaiah 29:13, Hosea 5:15-6:7, Hosea 7:13-16, James 1:20-25, Titus 3:8-11
WE DO NOT CONDEMN OTHERS LEST WE CONDEMN OURSELVES: We realized repentance is a gift from God and what sins led to our turning point is not important because in our hearts we are all the same. Therefore, we, DO NOT condemn but encourage your growth in faith in Jesus Christ as Sisters and Brothers to all who truly seek Jesus Christ. Zechariah 8:16-17, Matthew 7:1-6, Romans 2, 2 Timothy 2:25, James 4:11-12, 2 Peter 1, Titus 3:1-7
GOOD COMMUNICATIONS GUIDELINES: Ephesians 4, 5, 6, 1 Timothy 1:1-20, Titus 3:8-11
GOD'S PROCESS FOR HEALING AND PEACE: BY HIS MERCY AND GRACE...
1: God's Holy Spirit gave us a new spirit and a heart of flesh submiting our will and life to our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, repenting from our evil ways. 2 Chronicles 7:14, Isaiah 30:20-22, Ezekiel 11:19, Ezekiel 36:26, Romans 5:1-11, 1 John 1:8-10.
2: We confessed we were born enemies of God and lived Satan's power through our values, thoughts, emotions and behaviors, and that our lives were ungodly. Hosea 10:12-13, Romans 3:21-26, Romans 5:10, Romans 6:23, Romans 7:15-25.
3: By God's grace and mercy we believe that Jesus Christ would restore us to God thereby establishing righteous relationships. John 3:16-21, Romans 8:1-17, Ephesians 2:4-10, Ephesians 4,5,6; Hebrews 12:15, James 4:7-10.
4: We agree we formerly lived as enemies of God in self-delusions and self-deceptions and now born anew surrendering to God's Holy Spirit through God's Word and mature Christians who correctly uses all that Jesus Christ teaches, to show us who we were/are/will be by searching our heart with God's Word. Lamentations 3:40-42, Psalms 36:1-4, Psalms 51:10-13, Psalm 139:23-24, Luke 8:17-18, 1 Corinthians 11:27-32, 2 Corinthians 5:17-18, Ephesians 4:22-25, Titus 3:3-7.
5: In Godly sorrow we confessed and repented to God in the presence's of Christian witnesses the exact nature of our sins, our disgust with our sin, our ernestness to make all things right, and evidence over time Godly sorrow and repentance. Joel 2:12-17, John 20:21-23, 2 Corinthians 7:10-11, James 5:13-18
6: We recognized that God places being right with our fellow Christians ahead of worshiping Him therefore we made a list of all those we had harmed and were harmed by, and became willing to correct our offenses including asking for AND giving forgiveness. Matthew 5:23-24, Matthew 18:21-35, Luke 6:27-42,1 John 2:9-11.
7: We realized increasing peace gives opportunity for our flesh to return to our vomit, therefore we listen to the voice of God through His Word, His Holy Spirit and His people, promptly confessing and repenting from our sins. Proverbs 16:18, Hosea 13:6, Matthew 6:31-34, Luke 9:62, Luke 21:29-36, 1 Corinthians 10:12-13, Hebrews 12:15, 2 Peter 2:22.
8: We seek through prayer, The Bible, and Christian fellowship to build our faith in God praying for His will for us and the courage to carry it out. Proverbs 2:2-5, Proverbs 3:1-8, John 6:28-29, Romans 14:23, Ephesians 6:10-18, 2 Peter 1:1-13.
9: Being reconciled to God, He has given us the ministry of reconciliation by our sharing Christ's hope in our life with those who are attracted to our new witness, and to those who have stumbled. Galatians 6:1-6 1 Peter 3:15-17, James 5:19-20.
10: As Christ's Body, we, fellowship frequently, encouraging one another to love and good deeds. Acts 2:42-47 Ephesians 4-6, Romans 12-15:8, 1 Corinthians 12-14, Hebrews 10:24-25.
11: We mourn when one who calls himself a Christian refuses to live as a Christian. After all has failed to turn them to Christ, we pledge in love - for their sake and Christ's Body, to remove them from the fellowship. Matthew 18:15-19, 1 Corinthians 5:5-13, Ephesians 4:17-5:14, 1 John 4:5-6.
WE BELONG HERE: We've learned that we live in delusions and deceptions and are destroying our lives and our loved ones, and that we need help. Only the sick (Poor in Spirit-Matthew 5:1) belong here.
THIS IS IMPORTANT: We've learned that commitment to our fellowship group and/or appointments is very important to our spiritual growth and reconciliation and we've made a commitment to attend if humanly possible. Hebrews 10:22-25
WE CONFESS OUR OWN SINS: We've learned in our deception we often confessed the sins of those whoever harmed us blinding ourselves to our own responsibility for our emotions, values, beliefs and actions. Now we confess only our sins. Matthew 7:1-6, James 1: 21-25
WE SPEAK FOR OURSELVES NOT OTHERS: We've learned in fellowship that we must carry our brother's burdens but NOT their responsibility for healing. Therefore, we speak for ourselves and no one else. Galatians 6:1-5
WE DO NOT GOSSIP OR SLANDER: We've learned that trust is built and earned by knowing that anything and everything we say is kept in Biblical confidentiality nothing leaves the room. We do not talk about other people in the fellowship, even with other members of the fellowship and NOT even to non-attending spouses, or friends etc.
WE DO NOT FIX PEOPLE: We've learned that each person is responsible to make their own choice. We can only share from God's truth and our experience with God. They must work out their own salvation. Philippians 2:12-13
WE DO NOT GIVE ADVICE: We give God's Word. We've learned to share our own character defects and the spiritual insights that helped us, as gifts, to those who want to know and who listen. God's Truth counts and we don't cast pearls before non-hearers. Matthew 7: 1-6, 2 Corinthians 1:1-11
WE DO NOT ARGUE OR TRY TO CONVINCE PEOPLE: We've learned that we are responsible to speak God's truth (the best we know) in love and patience it's their choice whether to listen or not. James 1:20
WE DO NOT SAVE PEOPLE: We've learned that when we try to rescue people it's a statement of our own self will, not God's will. It keeps them from their own relationship with God. Titus 3:8-11
WE MUST BE ABLE TO HEAR GOD'S TRUTH CORRECTLY
WE MUST APPLY GOD'S TRUTH TO OUR HEART
WE MUST CONFESS ANY IDENTIFIED SIN AND/OR PRAISE GOD FOR ENCOURAGEMENT
WE MUST LIVE LIFE CHANGED BECAUSE WE HAVE DONE THE FIRST THREE STEPS
LOVE means obeying God's WORD toward Him, self and others.
BELIEVE / FAITH... living as though all that Jesus Christ taught is true. Making choices based upon the True God being God of all things.
BEING PERFECTED... life in PROCESS of faith being completed through the continual releasing of God's Holy Spirit in thoughts, values, and behavior. Living self's will is thinking you know better than God.
ORIGINAL SIN... Lucifer's rebellion against God (I know best) passed to Adam and Eve through disobedience (we know best) to all born into the world (I know best). Now, we each have the fallen nature of what we think we know is truth, and not being in right relationship with God to know HE KNOWS BEST.
SIN...means to miss the mark, to err, offend, trespass, to side step, lapse or deviate, unintentional error, willful transgression, fall, fault, offense, sin, trespass.
OFFENSE... means, some, any, partly any, whatsoever, whomsoever. Therefore the offense is anything that comes between two brothers.
GODLY SORROW... means the deep mourning that comes from recognizing the gravity of ones sin, the consequences of that sin, and anger at the sin, that does not regret giving up the sin. It's being fully resolved to make it right to God and to those who have been harmed by ones sin. And the commitment to God to surrender, as is humanly possible, to His Holy Spirit and not sin this way again.
HEAR / LISTEN... means to hear, give audience, be noised, reported, understand, Plus in the negative means to fail to hear, disobey, take no heed, neglect to hear. Therefore hearing that leads to repentance.
CONFESSION... Agreeing with God about the nature of our sin, our attitudes and actions. Telling them to God in the witness of other Christians. Sharing our Hope in Jesus Christ with others.
REPENT... means to think differently, or afterwards, do differently, reconsider, feel compunction, repent, to change ones mind involving both turning from sin and turning to God.
FORGIVENESS... Asking: State specifically the wrong, identify the Biblical principles violated, share Godly sorrow, ask forgiveness, and repent. Giving: Recognize your sins are greater than any sin against you, and that you have been forgiven by God and thereby forgive those who ask Biblically and pledge not hold their wrongs to their account.
RECONCILED... means to effect an alteration, in cases of mutual hostility yielding to mutual concession, to change (someone's mind) to reconcile. Therefore make it right between brothers.
SHOW / REBUKE / REPROVE... means to confute, admonish, convict, convince, tell a fault, rebuke, censure or admonish, forbid, & charge.
HEALING / RESTORE... means to complete thoroughly, repair, mend, make perfect with patience and perseverance.
REJOICE... means to rejoice in the Lord (Jesus Christ, Jehovah) at all times, in all situations, because He will overcome evil with good for those who love Him.
We learned that as we receive help, we have the Biblical responsibilities, according to our ability, to honor God by financially supporting our instructors, Gal.6:6; Malachi 3:10-12; Luke 10:7; Romans 15:25-27; I Corinthians 9; and 2 Corinthians 8 & 9.
We ask that you joyfully accept the responsibility, privilege and accountability of the Biblical priority of doing your best to support the ministry of PeaceMakers.net, so that others may freely receive the love of Jesus Christ and the help they seek.
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1. Christian Brotherhood
2. Evangelism & Discipleship
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2. Speaking, Seminars & Workshops
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SPECIAL NOTE: There are times when specific doctrines are highlighted to clarify Biblical beliefs that are central to God's Word in opposition to current false teachings. The following statements are offered in that light, and are considered historically central and acceptable among true Christians.
1. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
2. We believe in the Bible, God's Holy Word, both the Old and New Testaments (sixty-six books) as inspired by God, and inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.
3. We believe that Jesus Christ is God, begotten by the Holy Spirit, was born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.
4. We believe that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and voluntarily atoned for the sins of mankind, by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone.
5. We believe that mankind was created in the image of God; that they sinned, and thereby incurred, not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature.
6. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present life there for believers as High Priest and Advocate.
7. We believe in The Blessed Hope, the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
8. We Believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.
9. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost.
10. We believe in The Church (The Body of Christ) of true believers, visible in the assembly of believers: the local fellowship and the church universal; with all responsibilities to maintain the Godly unity of true believers rightly teaching God's Word, Pure practice of the Lord's Supper and Baptism, and Church Discipline while sharing of our Hope in Jesus Christ with the lost.