People of Peace - 3
Bob & Mary Hopkins
Anglican Church Planting Initiatives
Part three from Bob & Mary. We consider two different approaches to evangelism with passing and permanent people - Proclamation and Presence.
No surprises here - before you watch the teaching, read the two scriptures below.
Matthew 10:5-15 (The Message)
Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge:
“Don’t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.
“Don’t think you have to put on a fund-raising campaign before you start. You don’t need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment, and all you need to keep that going is three meals a day. Travel light.
“When you enter a town or village, don’t insist on staying in a luxury inn. Get a modest place with some modest people, and be content there until you leave.
“When you knock on a door, be courteous in your greeting. If they welcome you, be gentle in your conversation. If they don’t welcome you, quietly withdraw. Don’t make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way. You can be sure that on Judgment Day they’ll be mighty sorry—but it’s no concern of yours now."
Luke 10:1-12 (NIV)
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
‘When you enter a house, first say, “Peace to this house.” If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
‘When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. Heal those there who are ill and tell them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.” But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, “Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: the kingdom of God has come near.” I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
Session 3 is here: Enjoy Bob's teaching about evangelism using Proclamation and Presence - another of the pairs on the diagram below. He also considers one half of the final pair - Power.
The Pairs of P's around the Key - Person of Peace
Questions for you/your group
Ask the Holy Spirit to affirm in you which area you are stronger in - proclamation or presence? Do you feel more natural communicating the gospel with words or in actions?
Ask your xplore group for tips on how to improve in the area which doesn't come as naturally to you. Pray for each other!
What do you think of the salt principle?
Who/what is God asking you to pray for with regards to your people of peace? Pray!