Church Planting Movements and People of Peace

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?

Thank you for praying for Church Planting Movements throughout Bulgaria!

About Kirk Anderson

I inspire disciple makers through training, coaching and writing to think and act strategically to reach their cities with the Gospel.
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5 Responses to Church Planting Movements and People of Peace

  1. Stephen says:

    I don’t think I have ever used Luke 10 as a witnessing passage for myself before. The idea of looking for people of peace is a great idea and will keep us out of trouble. It’s also like looking for the open doors or open hearts. Thanks for your graeta ideas!
    Stephen

  2. Stephen says:

    Reblogged this on Studying Prayer and commented:
    This is a great post. Here are some good ideas if we are looking to disciple people.

  3. Kyle and Melissa Jenkins says:

    I have been trying to find POPs for two years in n. american context. very difficult.
    I like learning about what others are doing here.
    thx for post

    • kingdom catalyst says:

      Thanks for the encouragement of seeking to make disciples the way that Jesus told us and showed us to make disciples!

      Regarding POP, it has been helpful for me to read through the Gospels and Acts with the following questions:
      1) Who are the people of peace? What are their similarities and what are their differences?
      2) How are these people of peace being connected to followers of Jesus (or, sometimes, to Jesus himself)? What patterns emerge? What surprises break those patterns?

      You may also find David Watson’s post on Finding People of Peace helpful.

      Together with you for Christ, KC

  4. Pingback: People of Peace in Practice | pray4bulgaria

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