Christian individual peace


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Christian individual peace

  1. 1. Christianity and Inner Peace Yr 12 SOR II- Religion and Peace Date Monday, 28 June 2010
  2. 2. How Christianity guides the individual in achieving inner peace Inner peace is central to the teachings of the Christian church. World peace can only come from the desire of individuals to be at peace with God and each other, and that can only come from the inner peace of the individual. Monday, 28 June 2010
  3. 3. How Christianity guides the individual in achieving inner peace The New Testament links the idea of peace with others with the inner battle that human beings face (James 1: 1–4). Monday, 28 June 2010
  4. 4. James 1:1-4 Greetings. 2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Monday, 28 June 2010
  5. 5. How Christianity guides the individual in achieving inner peace Relationships with other people are said to be linked with individual relationships with God. Monday, 28 June 2010
  6. 6. How Christianity guides the individual in achieving inner peace The Two Great Commandments make this clear: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength’ and ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Mark 12: 30– 31). Monday, 28 June 2010
  7. 7. How Christianity guides the individual in achieving inner peace Inner peace is peace with God, as expressed in relationships with others and ultimately in world peace. Monday, 28 June 2010
  8. 8. Prayer and Inner Peace Prayer in either a communal or personal setting provides the means for Christian adherents to reflect on the nature of peace in their lives. Monday, 28 June 2010
  9. 9. Prayer and Inner Peace There is no universal form of prayer for Christians; however, the teaching of Jesus in the reference from Matthew’s Gospel above indicates the necessity of right intention in prayer. Monday, 28 June 2010
  10. 10. Prayer and Inner Peace It is through this genuine engagement in prayer that Christians seek peace in their lives. This may be through petition in times of need or thanksgiving for God’s perceived blessings in the events of life. Monday, 28 June 2010
  11. 11. Prayer and Inner Peace The use of scripture in both personal and group settings is a pivotal form of prayer for Christians. Monday, 28 June 2010
  12. 12. Prayer and Inner Peace Lectio Divina is a structured form of Bible study based on an ancient method of patient reading and re- reading of a passage of scripture to discern its message for the believer’s life situation. Monday, 28 June 2010
  13. 13. Prayer and Inner Peace Spontaneous prayer such as that encountered in charismatic communities is an expressive form of prayer based on beliefs relating to the action of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians. Monday, 28 June 2010
  14. 14. “But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6) Monday, 28 June 2010
  15. 15. Other means of achieving personal peace Many Christians find commitment to a particular church community assists their quest for personal peace. A community can offer both spiritual and practical support, especially during times of difficulty such as illness and bereavement. Monday, 28 June 2010
  16. 16. Other means of achieving personal peace Meditation is an ancient practice within the Christian tradition. It has undergone a revival in recent years with many people attesting to its benefits in assisting them to cope with the pressures of contemporary lifestyles. Monday, 28 June 2010
  17. 17. Other means of achieving personal peace Taizé is an international, ecumenical movement that promotes personal and communal peace through prayer and meditation. There are Taizé communities throughout the world, including all states of Australia. Monday, 28 June 2010
  18. 18. ✤ Also, refer to handout and readings in your study guides ✤ end….… ✤ † 2010 Monday, 28 June 2010