House of Peace

Nothing but the obedience of faith, the living Word and the Holy Spirit UPDATED

Finding a house of peace in Haiti

Finding a house of peace in Haiti

A few weeks ago Jacob Via sent out six teams two-by-two into different cities and towns throughout Haiti. He sent them Just like Jesus sent his disciples (Luke 10). No money, no extra resources. They are to sleep and eat in a house of peace that welcomes them. Very reproducible for locals.

Here's an unedited report from one of the teams:

Ok, me and Emma was looking for a house of Peace we get to a house and share the gospel outside the house, but a man that who have accident he lay down inside listen to us, he can't walk long time. We finish share with the people ,the man call us to come inside,we did he said to us pray for me I wanna have that person in my life today,we share again the gospel with him and have him pray, and the next day we come over he's telling us that he healed jus by taking jesus in he's life, family all turn and believe ,so that's where we start new church everyday with the family we thank God for that.today we baptize,keep praying for us
The guy in the yellow is the one was saved and healed!

Zero dollar church planting. Ordinary believers. Nothing but faith, obedience to the living Word and the Holy Spirit. This is how most of the world's population will be reached.

Want to learn more? My interview with Jacob Via about NoPlaceLeft Hait.

UPDATE

From Jacob:

The man who was healed his name is Nelyo. He works in the city, where he was in a moto accident and has been unable to walk for about four months.

Last week, Nelyo traveled into the countryside (where he has some family) in hopes of finding Voodoo healing. But then these two men show up proclaiming the good news of Jesus. He said, "I need this Jesus in my life." As he lay on his mat, he repented of his sin and made Jesus his Lord. He woke up the next morning completely healed and walking around.

As a result of his healing, several other family members believed in Jesus. David and Emmanuel, the ambassadors that brought the message, spent the next six days training the family. They trained in the 411, Commands of Christ, Sword Method, 3/3rds, and the Handy Guide for the person of peace.

Then they spent some time in the harvest and formed a new church in the home. David is already planning the return visit.

Stay in touch through Jacob's Facebook page.

Shall we follow Jesus, or listen to learned men?

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Everywhere I go from Nairobi to New York people are out looking for people or houses of peace. Following Jesus’ example and instructions they are out looking for people who welcome the message and the messenger, and open the door for the gospel to enter their relational world.

Searching for people of peace is just about a universal practice among movement pioneers around the world.

Unfortunately some learned men have discovered this practice and are now raising concerns. I guess that’s their job. They are questioning whether it’s legitimate to follow Jesus’ missionary practices today.

Can we really rip out Jesus' example from its first century context and apply it today?

I’m tempted to say, why don’t you just try it and see? But maybe it’s time to explain a little more. I may never convince the learned men, but at least we’ll be clearer about why we do what we do.

Let’s start with, should we follow Jesus missionary practice today? I can hear you say, of course we should follow Jesus’s example! Well, when was the last time you spat in the dirt, formed it into mud and spread it on someone’s eyes? When was the last time you paid your taxes by removing a coin from the gut of a fish you’d just caught? When you go on mission do you always walk and refuse to take any money with you?

Some of what Jesus did was appropriate to his context. Some of his actions were never meant to be followed woodenly. Look at the instructions he gave, now compare them with his encounter with the woman at the well, or with Zacchaeus, or the demoniac. Jesus didn’t always obey his own instructions. Every encounter is different.

So let’s agree, Jesus instructions and example are not to be followed blindly. What matters are the principles. Why else did the Gospel writers preserve these instructions and examples in such detail? Matthew, Mark and Luke all record Jesus' instructions to his disciples on mission.

Luke, for instance, places the instructions to the Seventy (Luke 10:1-12) at the beginning of Jesus’ final journey to Jerusalem Much of Luke’s gospel is taken up with Jesus’ final journey to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51-19:28). At the end of the journey Jesus enters the house of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10). Luke is giving us the pattern of how Jesus (and the disciples he trained) entered a town and found a house of peace. In the story of Zacchaeus, Luke shows how Jesus applied his own instructions. Luke is saying, this is typical of what Jesus did and how he trained his disciples on mission. No two examples are exactly the same, but there is a pattern and we need to learn from it.

Luke knows what his is doing. He can’t record everything Jesus did, he selects the most important material for us to know. We are to watch and learn from Jesus’ example. That’s why he devotes so much space to explaining the mission practice of Jesus and his disciples.

Luke shows us what Jesus did and what he trained his followers to do. And just in case we missed it, he shows us again in the book of Acts. Compelled by the Holy Spirit, Peter enters the house of Cornelius, applying the same principles that Jesus modelled and taught (Acts 10). It’s so important that Luke repeats this story three times.

Paul applied these same principles in his mission. He knows the stories about Jesus and the accounts of Jesus’ teaching that eventually formed the Gospels. Paul applies what he has learned from Jesus to his own ministry.

I’m not going to tell you what those principles were. I’m going to give you an assignment.

Read Luke 10:1-12; Luke 19:1-10; Acts 10.

  1. Make two lists: a. What did the messenger do? b. What did the person of peace do?
  2. What do you learn from Jesus’ instructions and the examples?
  3. Distill the principles.
  4. Go and do likewise.

That’s the best answer to learned men who question whether you should follow Jesus’ example.

Related

Paul and the Mission of the Seventy

Argyle shows how Paul knew and applied Jesus' instructions to the Seventy on mission. He shows the links between Jesus' instructions in Luke 10 and Paul's writings and Acts. [table id=1 /]

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There are also parallels between Jesus' instructions to the Seventy (Luke 10) and how he entered the house of Zacchaeus (Luke 19). Parallels between the instructions (Luke 10) and how Peter entered the house of Cornelius (Acts 10).

 

093-Searching for a house of peace in Leicester, UK

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In this podcast you'll hear reports from the Leicester Mission (July 6-11, 2015).

Our aim was to apply what Jesus taught his disciples to do in finding houses of peace. Fred Campbell unpacks a house of peace search. Nick Duffy (Manchester) and Russell Godward (Essex) talk about how they took the lessons they learnt in Leicester and applied them back home.

Find out more about the 3Circles gospel presentation which was mentioned in the podcast.

UPDATE: My report on the Mission Week including some of the nuts and bolts.

Entering a household of peace

And on the following day they entered Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. Acts 10:24

Previously we've looked at the link between Jesus' instructions to his disciples on mission and his own example. We've looked at a continuing pattern of household conversions in Acts.

Of all the examples in Acts, one stands out. Luke tells the story of the conversion of Cornelius, his friends and family, an unprecedented four times. He wants to get our attention.

Peter's mission to Cornelius' household was modelled on Jesus' example and training on how to enter a household of peace.

Jesus trained his disciples out to convert households as a doorway into unreached communities (Luke 10). This was the example Jesus set when he entered Zacchaeus' home (Luke 19). In Acts, the Risen Lord led his followers to enter an unreached community through receptive households.

The best example in Acts is the story of Peter and Cornelius which Luke retells four times. It is not the story of one person's conversion. It is the story of the founding of a church.

Here are the parallels between the instructions Jesus gave the 72 before he sent them out, and the mission of Peter to the Gentiles in Acts.

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What is it that Luke is trying to tell us? What relevance does Jesus example, training have for us today?