Exponential #2: Do You Know Your Person of Peace?

imagesIn Luke chapter 10 Jesus sends out His disciples to announce the Kingdom of God is at hand and when He does this, He said…

And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ – Luke 10:2-11

One of the things we discussed at the Exponential Conference was the concept of a person of peace and how it can be a great way to bring Christ to others.

What is a Person of Peace?
A person of peace is a non-believer who you connect with.  You both enjoy each other’s company and serve each other (help each other out).  Also, though they do not believe in Jesus, they accept that you do and are open to hearing about Jesus.  Lastly, they are able to connect you with other people.  So, you enjoy being with them and they introduce you to several other people in their social circle.

What’s the Purpose of a Person of Peace?
The person of peace is essentially a gateway to several new relationships with people who do not know Jesus.  By spending time with them and the people they connect you with and by developing those relationships it opens the door for talking about Jesus.  They also are just good friends.

Why Am I Writing About This?
Other than the fact that this was what one of the Exponential sessions was about, I’m writing about this because often times Christians can end up in a Christian bubble.

We surround ourselves with Christian people, go to Christian events, etc. and we end up not knowing any non-Christians or at least not knowing them very well and spending time with them.  But spending time with non-Christians (in a healthy way) and developing real relationships with them, living out your Christian faith in front of them in an authentic way, is a great way to open the door to sharing the Gospel with people and making new disciples of Jesus.

What do you think?

  • Do you find yourself in a Christian bubble or do you have meaningful relationships with non-Christians?
  • Can you think of anyone in your life who might be a person of peace for you?

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