Click here to download: Peacebuilding
Deliberate Action to Bring Healing to our Nations - Peace is something we make; it doesn’t just fall from heaven. It is something we pursue. It is
something that we go after. It is something that we work diligently at. This is to be a main endeavour
of the church. We don’t say, “Well there is a cost involved and I don’t want that cost,” or, “Peace
isn’t easy, other people aren’t very peaceful.” Instead, we are to recognize that making and building
peace in our communities is a main calling of the church, and of the image of God in our lives.
Click here to download: Jesus' Teachings
The clear teachings of Jesus have always been the greatest challenge for the church, or to what we
call Christendom. We can have faith, teach the doctrines of Christ, stand against heretics, evangelise
and build churches, but whether or not we look like Jesus, whether we are his disciples in regard to
what he taught us, is often another matter. It reminds us of what Mahatma Ghandi once said, after
he read the Sermon on the Mount, “Christianity looks like a good idea. Someone should try it.” And
he added, “Jesus I like, Christians I don’t like.” In his day, it was difficult for Ghandi to find Christians
who believed and followed what Jesus taught.
Click here to download: Violence in Scripture
A history of human violence since the fall, and God’s unfolding program of his kingdom of peace.
Read the story of man’s history from Genesis to our present time.
Find out how the fall brought violence into our world.
See what God began to do about this violence through his call of Israel.
Learn how God at first adopted Israel’s sacrifice systems, as a way of atoning for sin, but gave a
witness to move us all away from this violence, to restoring communities through mercy and care
Discover how God’s final act of setting man free from violence, was to become the object of that
violence himself, on the cross. It was there that we learnt the true nature of our cultures and
religions, and learnt the full extent of God’s love for us all. It was at the cross that we learnt to
accept his free forgiveness for ourselves, and to pass that forgiveness onto our neighbours and
enemies. It was at the cross that violence, as our way of “fixing” the world, was stripped from our
hearts. It was at the cross that God launched a new community, to free the world of violence, by an
active pacifism, one in which God’s people lay down their lives to serve.
Find out how God gave man freedom in the creation and then, after the fall, how God began to
moved mankind and his whole cosmos to maturity, and from our violence to his kingdom of peace.