nonresistance & love for enemies & peacemaking

Jesus Betrayed by Judas (John 18:1-11)

Judas, accompanied by armed troops, discovers Jesus and the eleven other apostles in the Garden of Gethsemane. After Jesus identifies himself, Peter draws his sword and cuts off the ear of the high priest’s servant. This short scene is packed with lessons for us including: the danger of greed, a remarkable but little-known prophecy regarding Judas, and Jesus’ teaching on nonresistance.

Let No Root of of Bitterness Spring Up, Pt. 2 of 3 (David)

Since the beginning, Satan has sought to use injustice and man’s sin to turn people against one another and against God. Yet God has a very different plan. In this second of three lessons, we examine the example of David, who faced terrible injustice and persecution, but responded with great faith and righteousness. We also look at how David responded when he was confronted with terrible sin in his own life. David is a tremendous example for us, to confront hardship and our own sin, as our loving Father intends.

Elisha, Pt. 7: The Blind See (2 Kings 6:8-23)

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In this story, the Syrian army surrounds the city to take Elisha. There with his servant, Elisha works a tremendous miracle with an unexpected twist. This lesson looks at the theme of spiritual blindness and the love God has for his enemies.  

(For further study, see Those Who Are With Us from 2 Kings 6)

Abraham Enters Canaan and a Meeting with Melchizedek (Genesis 12-14)

At age seventy-five, Abraham and his wife Sarah obey God and leave their homeland, to embark on a great mission to an unknown land. We learn of the many important promises God gives to Abraham as well as how Abraham conducts himself along their journey....

1 Corinthians 6:1-11 - Christians and Law Suits

In 1 Corinthians 6 Paul speaks the truth in love, calling out the church in Corinth for bringing law suits against each other, instead of resolving their disputes internally.  This lesson addresses whether Christians should ever bring law suits, as well as what a Christian should consider before making a decision to resort to the courts.  We learn from Scripture that God expects his children to resolve disputes in obedience to Christ's teaching and example, a far higher standard than that used by the world's courts.   

The Legacy of Non-Resistance in the Churches of Christ

Were Jesus' teachings on non-resistance, love for one's enemies, and peacemaking meant to be taken seriously? This lesson reviews the radical convictions of the Restoration Movement regarding these teachings, and sadly, how they were lost over time as the church began to incorporate the popular thinking of its day.      

It's Just War, Should Christians Fight?

On March 28, 2014, Anchor-Cross Publishing and Followers of the Way sponsored a debate on the subject of just war, bringing leading thinkers together to discuss the issue in historic Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston. Speaking of behalf of just war were Dr. Peter Kreeft (professor of philosophy at Boston College) and Dr. J. Daryl Charles (Berry College). Speaking against just war and for biblical nonresistance were David Bercot and Dean Taylor.