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1 LIBERTY UNIVERSITY BABPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY THE PEACE MAKING PASTOR: A BIBLICAL GUIDE TO RESOLVING CHURCH CONFLICT A REPORT SUBMITTED TO DR. DONALD HICKS BY JAMES E. JORDAN LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA AUGUST 11, 2011 2
Contents
Introduction
Biblical Background
Antithesis Examination
God-ward Perspective
Conclusion
Bibliography
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Introduction
In this report, I will examine an example where conflict is the substance of the text within the Bible. I will discuss how the story unfolds and demonstrate the antithesis between the children of God and the children of Man. Antithesis is defined as “contrast or opposition.”1 I will also discuss God-ward perspective in relation to conflict.
Biblical Background
“For the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our
Lord” (Romans 6:23 [KJV]). This verse out of the book of Romans is a clear example of antithesis within the Bible. When the entire book of Romans is reviewed it is obvious that the author of this letter to Rome is Paul (Romans 1:1; [KJV]). Paul writes this letter to the Romans somewhere between the times of A.D. 55 and 58 and occurred “during his third missionary journey.”2 It is rightly placed first among the Epistles because it is the most complete exposition in the New Testament of the central truths of Christianity. Paul needed to visit the Roman
Christians and his desire to communicate to them the great doctrines of grace that had been revealed to him.
Based on the text “the place of writing seems to be Corinth, for Paul sent Phoebe to the
Romans. Phoebe was a deaconess from Cenchrea, the eastern seaport of Corinth.”3 Paul wrote the book of Romans for several reasons. First, Paul knew he needed a local church in order reach Spain through evangelism and wanted to prepare the Roman church for the reveal of his
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