“Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say, ‘May God’s peace be on this house.’ If those who live there are peaceful, the blessing will stand; if they are not, the blessing will return to you. Don’t move around from home to home. Stay in one place, eating and drinking what they provide. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve their pay. If you enter a town and it welcomes you, eat whatever is set before you. Heal the sick, and tell them, ‘The Kingdom of God is near you now.'”
It’s all about people. In Luke 10, when Jesus is sending the 72 disciples out, he is sending them to people. The end goal of sending the disciples is to make more disciples – not to start a church program, or missional community, or new church. Here’s the instructions he gives them:
- Enter someone’s home
- Don’t move around/stay in one home
- Eating and drinking
- Accepting hospitality
- Heal the sick
- Tell them the Kingdom of God is near
What’s the common denominator in each of the things that Jesus tells the disciples to do? People. Each of the things that Jesus tells them to do involves being with people, relationships with people, serving people, sharing meals with people, consistency in relationships with people, telling them about Jesus. It’s all about people.
This is important to remind your students and leaders as they get ready to multiply: it’s not about the Missional Community, it’s about the people God has put on their heart – to share life and the Gospel with them (1 Thess. 2:8). The Missional Community is simply an effective vehicle that allows discipleship and mission to occur within a community context.
With that in mind, during the students’ process of prayer there will be friends and people that come to mind. Ask them questions about the people that came to mind during their time of prayer. Here’s a couple basic, but direct questions to ask:
- During your time of prayer, did specific friends or people at your school come to mind?
- Why did these people come to mind?
This will give insight into where their heart is, at the same time, reaffirm their passion. Here’s how this would play out: if the students you are commissioning to multiply are on the high school basketball team and their passion is basketball, then the people that would come to mind during their step of prayer would be several of their friends on the basketball team. It plays out like this because the people they are around most of the time and the people they care for are their friends that are on the same team and share the same passions as them. So, when you ask them the question ‘why did these people come to mind?’ its becomes a question that is reaffirming to whom God is calling them to.
The next step in the People process, after they have identified the people that God has given them a heart for, is to help them see where they have favor among those people. This is referred to as their Person of Peace. Their Person of Peace will serve as a gatekeeper to help them reach those people that God has given them a heart for. Here is a great post from Alex Absalom on the Person of Peace.
The People step in the multiplication process is a fun and exciting step (I think all the steps are fun and exciting, though). This step opens the doorway to the Person of Peace and gives birth to the Mission/Vision of the Missional Community (we will talk about this on the next post). The multiplication process becomes real and tangible with this step. However, the most important role that it plays is the reminder that it is all about People. This step allows your students to focus on what the Missional Community is all about – disciples that make disciples.