This first session introduces the subject of conflict resolution by focusing on the nature of conflict from the Bible. It identifies what conflict is, where it comes from, and how it must be addressed. This lesson corresponds to chapter one in the book, Resolving Everyday Conflict.
This session addresses the central predicate of all true reconciliation: the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel is the definitive good news of the truest love, the mission of which is glory to God and peace to sinners through the reconciliation purchased on the cross of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is about relationships. The Gospel is about reconciliation. The Gospel is about love. This session looks at how we are to apply the Gospel to our everyday lives. This lesson corresponds to chapter two in the book, Resolving Everyday Conflict.
Session 3 continues to apply the Gospel to our conflicts. This session looks at the richness of God's shalom (holistic peace) in our lives and relationships, with an emphasis on the priority of relationships over things. Applying the Gospel to our relationships begins with attention to the blessed reconciliation with God that we have in Christ. This vertical reconciliation furnishes both the ground and goal of horizontal reconciliation with one another. The Gospel teaches us that relationships matter more. In looking at the Slippery Slope diagram, we see that sinful responses to conflict (attack and escape responses) reflect a devaluing of our relationship with God and one another. Resolving Everyday Conflict - ch. 3.
Session 4 looks at the first of four "G's"—Glorify God. The first and most important step in peacemaking is to interrupt conflict with the penetrating question: How could I glorify God in this situation? This lesson corresponds to chapter four in the book, Resolving Everyday Conflict.
Session 5 looks at the second of four "G's"—Get the Log Out. In conflict, we naturally focus on the other person and rarely consider our own contribution. So the practical outworking of glorifying God in conflict (step 1) begins with examining self rather than the other person. Bringing glory to God in conflict begins with practical humility. From the first to the last step in the reconciliation process, we who bear the mark of Christ’s cross on our hearts must deliberately step in love and humility. This lesson corresponds to chapter five in the book, Resolving Everyday Conflict.
Session 6 considers the third of four "G's"—Gently Restore. Once your own contributions have been carefully and thoroughly dealt with, the third step in peacemaking involves helping the other person see their part. This lesson corresponds to chapter six in the book, Resolving Everyday Conflict.
Session 7 looks at the last of the four "G's"—Go and Be Reconciled. The biblical process of reconciliation involves: first, glorifying God (G1); humbly examining self (G2--get the log out); gently seeking to restore the relationship, which may involve communicating the offense to the offender and the working-out of repentance (G3); and lastly, pursuing reconciliation through forgiveness (G4). This lesson primarily focuses on the biblical uniqueness of forgiveness. It corresponds to chapter seven in the book, Resolving Everyday Conflict.