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10 questions out of Luke 10

By Svend Løbner Madsen I like "the Luke 10 concept" of evangelism through finding "house of peace" in a town and take it from there. Because it is an extrovert house church concept, disciplining us to always have room for one more newcomer. From 12 years of church planting in Denmark through homes, I have experienced the danger of becoming introverted and people using all kinds of excuses to not do what they are supposed to do. Here are three of them: 1. I am not mature enough. God is working in me, but he is not finished yet. - Well, that's true, but it isn't an excuse. I know some people who are not "dry behind their ears yet" and they are the best evangelists! Begin where you are, using the opportunities that come along the way! 2. I am not educated enough. Let's have one more round of Bible Study on evangelism. - Well, I've even heard of some folks, who just got saved, only knowing John 3:16, and then went out gathering their neighbors and friends. Sure they needed more teaching, but it didn't hinder them from doing the job! 3. I haven't heard the Lord tell me yet. I'll do nothing until God's telling me! - Well, here you have a major misunderstanding. God has already told you to "Go out into all the world, preaching the gospel to all men"! What are you waiting for? Only when you are obedient to the ordinary, you will experience the extraordinary! In Luke 10:21 Jesus rejoices when the disciples come back telling him that even the spirits are obedient in his name. And he expresses the will of God in this sentence: "I thank you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things for the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in your sight" (NKJ). In amplified version, it says: "Yes, Father, for such was your gracious will and choice and good pleasure". This means that we have something to learn from this whole passage. What was really happening and what was Jesus really telling his disciples to do? Here are 10 questions that will highlight the passage for us, beginning in the parallel passage in Mathew 9:35: 1. Are we living among the people? "And Jesus went about all the cities and villages..." For so long the church has isolated itself from the ordinary life of ordinary people. Church members have become isolated, only socializing with Christian friends. If this continues, how will we ever communicate the gospel and how will people ever believe that we are serious and that the gospel actually works in our lives? 2. Are we seeing beyond peoples' facades? "But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd."

before you have prayed. people are not stupid. not only a crowd or a statistic in our evangelism program? 3. Are we praying for the right thing? "Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers.. and that is leadership capacity. Because by praying.. Do we actually convey the presence of God where ever we go? "But whatever house you enter. Or someone who will lead all the some bodies who lead somebody to Christ. and greet no one along the road.. Are we keeping focus on the task? "Carry neither money. your wife. behold. 8. the makeup of the women? Do we at all see them as precious individuals." There are so many things that will deviate us from the right track. Someone who will lead somebody to Christ. so you can hear the call of God. If we are not disciplined. bag. But Jesus had another angle: He saw the needs of the people as an opportunity for God! "The harvest truly is plentiful!" 4. writes S. So when you pray listen! 6.. not even a good start." Therefore pray! You can't do anything but pray. and if we don't stand we sit. Gordon. your children etc. first say: Peace to this house! And if a son of peace is there. Are we heeding the call? Just after the above verse Jesus calls his disciples and gives them power over demons (Luke 10 and Matt. D. we fall apart! 7. your words will be the ones of a hypocrite! . 10). Those who pray are most likely to be the ones who actually act on their prayers. or are we just sighing or telling God what we think He ought to do? And are we praying for laborers? There is only one bottleneck to revival and church growth. 5. They became the answer to their own prayers." Your peace! Do you have peace? You know.. Are we actually moving beyond our comfort zone? "Go your way. I send you out as lambs among wolves!" (Luke 10:3). But are we praying? That is directing our needs and wishes towards the throne of God. The great commission starts with the word: Go! Go into all the world! Go make disciples of all nations! Go." For so long we have mourned about the sins of the world and the devastating effects on people. Do we interpret the needs right? "And then he said to his disciples: The harvest truly is plentiful. knapsack.Do we see behind the stone faces of the men... yourself. nor sandals. If we are going to finish well. we lay down passive! This is the spiritual law of gravity. you are adjusting your spiritual ears. They look through you. we will have to keep our focus. Good intentions are not enough. and if we don't sit. complete the task. go go! Why is that? Because if we don't go. we stand. your peace will rest on it.. and if you are not in peace with God.

living our lives openly among the people. peace and joy. we need to have this perspective. Just as it is not what you eat and drink. Are we realistic about the results? "But whatever city you enter. But it is necessary.shareonhousechurch. will also convey the power of the Spirit. I am not. If we are faithful here. Let's answer the 10 questions before the face of the Lord. meeting the needs and sharing the news in a language they can understand and in portions they can cope with. In the end times there will be both a great harvest of people receiving the gospel and a great persecution from people resisting the gospel. obeying the words of Jesus in Luke 10. and many Christians will slide back into a worldly lifestyle. and people have been witnessing a lot of superficial and hypocritical Christianity." Which bible school prepares its students for opposition? I know none. And not at all if we isolate ourselves in our nice little churches. but power. This is the hard work. The fruit of the Spirit prepares the way for the gifts of the Spirit. But I am realistic. Let's get rid of the "success syndrome" that only counts the positive. and rejoicing in the little things. we need to get out there. . and they do not receive you. Otherwise the seed will not really fall into the ground. But not all people will receive. Having peace with God through Christ.net where you will also find Wolfgang Samson’s excellent training material on the Luke 10 concept. We are in a pre-evangelism stage. and be realistic. Do we convey the power of God? "And heal the sick there.9. but the real values of righteousness. 10. I am convinced that the time of harvest will come. In order to convince them of the true meaning of the gospel. allows him to work in you. And act accordingly! More inspiration on house churches on www. Now. where there are not much to brag about! Especially in Europe. and say to them: The kingdom of God has come near to you"! The kingdom is not words. let me be a channel of your power!” But it starts with peace. We all think in success and growth. and also credit the work that many are doing in hard areas. many will interpret the last statement as if I am pessimistic about the future of the church in Europe. preparing the soil. We live in a post-Christian continent. being realistic. So bringing forth that peace among the people.. This should be our prayer: “Lord.. And in an unprecedented scale! But not if the skip the hard part.