Luke 10 is one of the places where we learn from Jesus how to make disciples. For example, this is where we learn about the role of prayer (verse 2) and the need to enter into – or gain access to – specific communities and homes (verses 1 and 5).
This is also where we learn about people of peace: “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house” (verses 5-7).
People of peace are as diverse as the Samaritan woman and the royal official from Capernaum (John 4), Lydia and the Philipian jailer (Acts 16), and Cornelius (Acts 10) and Crispus (Acts 18). Nonetheless, these examples show that people of peace share two things in common: they are responsive to God and influential in their homes or communities.
Discovering these people of peace in the communities to which we have been sent is the second major step in the CPM process.
Questions for discussion:
Rather than telling you more of my thoughts, let me offer the following questions to stimulate your thinking (and even some discussions) about discovering people of peace:
1. How did the 72 disciples discover people of peace?
2. How do people in the communities you are entering express their spirituality?
3. How can you express your spirituality in ways that people of peace in the communities you are entering can see and understand it?
4. What lessons are you learning about discovering people of peace?
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