People of Peace - 4

Bob & Mary Hopkins

Anglican Church Planting Initiatives

Final part from Bob & Mary.  The last of the 'P's - Preparation. We look at how to be strategic with people of peace, providing the right environment for them to thrive.

You know the drill - familiarise yourself with these two brilliant passages of scripture once again.

 

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.

The Pairs of P's around the Key - Person of Peace

Session 4 is here: Mary talks us through the funnel diagram, helping us to consider Sowing, Reaping and Keeping environments/pools for our People of Peace.

At the end when Bob is talking about approaches, scroll to the last slide in the powerpoint to help you to follow.

Questions for you/your group

  1. Can you identify the different contexts in which you would be sowing/reaping/keeping where you are? Is there a cold pool/warmer pool?

  2. Invitation is crucial! Spend some time thinking about how you would invite people to move from the one pool to the next in your context...

  3. How does all of this apply to your current people of peace? Prayer is what moves people towards response - what are your specific prayers for them?