31 Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
I Corinthians 10:31
By Mr. Matt Pannkuk–Chaplain, Middle School Bible Teacher
Young Peacemaker Chapter 6: Conflict is an Opportunity
When reading the Young Peacemaker book over the summer, this lesson was perhaps the most eye opening to me. I had not realized how negative I felt about conflict, and how I let my desire to avoid uncomfortable situations keep me from seeing them as a chance to live out the very Christian life I desire to live out. If you want to grow in your walk with Christ, then conflict can possibly be a roadblock, but it can also be a power boost!
In addition to the lesson being helpful and insightful, today was also team chapel. These age specific worship times have become a great opportunity to target our talks to the specific maturity of the different groups. Today the K-2 students had a hands on craft, and once they figured out how to piece it together they would find out it made the shape of the cross. 6-8 got to witness an “impromptu” heated argument between Heather Sartin and myself (meaning we planned to have a fake conflict, but the students had no idea). Ask your middle school student what they thought about seeing their teachers fight!
Other questions to ask your students:
-Does God leave you during hard times, or stay with you?
Answer: He will never leave us or forsake us.
-Can negative things like conflict ever have a good outcome?
Answer: All things work together for the good of those who love God and have been called according to His purpose.
-What are some good outcomes that might come from having conflict with someone?
Answer: We can glorify God. We can serve one another. We can grow more Christ like.
-How do we glorify God?
Answer: Trust, obey, imitate
-How do we serve others?
Answer: Love, do good, bless, pray
-How do we grow more like Christ?
Answer: Recognize our need, confession, repentance, practice new habits
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