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Luke 10 - Person of Peace [Session 3]
7/04/2016 10:25:02 AM |
Jesus gives the 72 advice about how to build relationships and share His message with the people they would meet in the towns and villages. When the disciples were invited into the homes of people, their intention was to bring peace to that place. If that peace was accepted then the peace would rest upon that person and home. If this wasn’t the case, the disciples were to move on to the next place.
Read Luke 10:5-8
"Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a person of peace is there, your peace will rest upon them. But if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the labourer 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.”
From these few verses we get a sense of how we are to approach others as we are to approach others as we carry out the mission of Jesus:
- It is important for us to approach our mission with grace and peace.
- Relationships with people take time and require discernment (the disciples stayed in people’s homes, they ate together).
- As God’s workers we are to be culturally flexible. Notice that Jesus told the disciples to eat whatever was put in front of them. The disciples weren’t to let food, personal preferences and cultural differences to get in the way of sharing Jesus’ message.
- When you are involved in ministry to your neighbours or through your church, how might you demonstrate an intention of peace?
- Are you building deep relationships with people in your community?
- How are you serving the communities you are part of? In what ways can you build relationships through serving, helping others or sharing a meal?
- Share a story about a ‘person of peace’ you have met – some who responded to you in love or openness.