How do disciples of Jesus make "new" disciples?"

Historically followers of Jesus have used the term "evangelism" when they are talking about inviting people to consider follow Jesus.

The word "evangelist" comes from the Koine Greek word εὐαγγέλιον (transliterated as "euangelion") via Latinised Evangelium, as used in the canonical titles of the four Gospels, authored by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (also known as the Four Evangelists). The Greek word εὐαγγέλιον originally meant a reward given to the messenger for good news (εὔ = "good", ἀγγέλλω = "I bring a message"; the word "angel" comes from the same root) and later "good news" itself.[3]

This process sharing the message of Jesus has been contaminated by all sorts of brutal examples throughout history.  Too often the beautiful and powerful simplicity of Jesus' message has been used as an excuse to coerce and manipulate.  Whether it is the crusades, the inquisitions, or the colonial missionary movements of the last 2 centuries - Christians have had to step back and take a sober look at what it is that Jesus is inviting us to do in his great commission of "making disciples of all nations." (Matthew 28)

When we take a closer look at the specific mission that Jesus sent his first disciples with in Matthew 10 and Luke 10 - it is truly exciting to re-discover that our mission is not to try and feed people a message that they do not want to hear or are not ready for.   

Their mission was to keep moving until they found a "person of peace!" 

How do we recognize a "person of peace?" 

  • they welcome you into their personal space. (home and/or life)
  • they respect you (your lifestyle, your perspective, your opinions)
  • they want to help (an eagerness to share their resources for your benefit)

The Bottom Line:

A Person of Peace is someone that is open to you.
This openness is an opportunity to sensitively share who Jesus is and why he is your "True North."

Explore on your own...

  • Read Matthew 19:16-26 (Why did Jesus let him walk away?)
  • Read matthew 10:1-15 and Luke 10:1-12 (What does Jesus ask them to do that doesn't really fit with your preconcieved notion of evangelism?)
  • Read Acts 16 (How did Paul find "People of Peace?")
  • Take some time to listen to the FREE People of Peace talk - it will help you think through what it could look like for you to be more "open" to "people of peace."

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Things to remember as we develop an a day to day awareness for "people of peace" who are open to you:

Presence - living faithfully as "salt and light" creates an openness in some people. (Mat. 5:13-16, 1 Peter 2:12)

Passing Relationships - being open to a strangers can sometimes create a surprisingly fast and intimate connection that can feel like a sprint. (Luke 24, Hebrews 13:2, 

Permanent Relationships - being open to our family, friends, neighbors and long term associates requires a marathon mentality that helps to pace our expectations. (1 Tim 5:8)

Proclamation - any real life changes require meaningful conversations. We need the courage to sensitively test the openness of people with the weight of truth. (1 Peter 3:15, Colossians 4;6)

Preparation - most visible change is the result of many invisible internal changes.  Openness is a journey that must be nudged and cultivated one step at a time. (Matthew 13)

Power - an encounter with the supernatural power of God is sometimes what is needed to open people to the reality around them. (John 4:48)

Perception - because openness is a lot like soil - we need to get good at asking the question "Are they warming up or cooling down to me and the Gospel?" (Matthew 13:15, Galatians 5:25)

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