Food, food, food… Starting a church in the harvest

Continuing the series from Luke 10.  Both verses 7 and 8 of Luke 10 talk about food   Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before … Continue reading “Food, food, food… Starting a church in the harvest”

How do you recognize a person of peace?

The person of peace is the one who will open up the harvest to you, so it is very important that we learn to recognize a person of peace.  It helps if we have a mindset where we are always looking for such a person. The Lord delights to answer the prayer, "Lord, lead me … Continue reading “How do you recognize a person of peace?”

The person we are looking for

Continuing the series on Luke 10: Luke 10:6 says this:  If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. The person of peace is a key concept in working in the harvest.  It's the person we've been praying to find from verse 2.   … Continue reading “The person we are looking for”

Why compliments help in planting a simple/organic/house church

Continuing the study in Luke 10. Sadly, we Christians are renowned for our negative attitudes.  According to David Kinnamen in his book, UnChristian, we are thought of by 'outsiders' (ie those who are not involved in church) as firstly, antigay (91%), secondly, judgemental (87%), and thirdly, hypocritical (85%).  Luke 10:5 says: “Whenever you enter someone’s home, first … Continue reading “Why compliments help in planting a simple/organic/house church”

How many $$ to start a church?

Continuing our study of Luke 10. I tried without success to find out the average cost of starting a church in this country.  If my memory serves me right, it's in the region of $350,000 by the time you include buildings and the training and salary for a pastor.  (If anyone has an accurate figure, … Continue reading “How many $$ to start a church?”

Wolves and a world at war: a story

Continuing thoughts around Luke 10. Luke 11: 20-22 says this: But if I am casting out demons by the power of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you.  For when a strong man like Satan is fully armed and guards his palace, his possessions are safe— until someone even stronger attacks and overpowers him, strips him … Continue reading “Wolves and a world at war: a story”

Choosing to become the wolf’s lunch?

Continuing principles from Luke 10: There are other principles tied up with Jesus sending us out as lambs among wolves (Luke 10:3). Lambs make lunch for wolves!  So why did Jesus send us out as lambs among wolves rather than wolves among lambs? What kind of shepherd is he?  Would a good shepherd do that? … Continue reading “Choosing to become the wolf’s lunch?”

Sent to the wolves: how to start a house/organic church in the harvest

Continuing a study of Luke 10. Luke 10:3 says this: Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves. Jesus told his disciples to go–or more accurately, "be going."  Yet we usually ask people to come.  "Come to our church," "Come to our special meeting!"  Even in our house churches we … Continue reading “Sent to the wolves: how to start a house/organic church in the harvest”

Power tools for church planting

This is a break in my series on Luke 10.  I will get back to this passage in the next post!   When we first moved to this country, we had no means of making an income. (No one wanted to employ two unlicensed physicians).  So we became involved in a business that taught us … Continue reading “Power tools for church planting”

What have cows to do with church planting? How to start a simple/organic/house church (2)

  God's maths is not our maths. Continuing the discussion on Luke 10.  Luke 10:2 says this: "These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields." A number of key … Continue reading “What have cows to do with church planting? How to start a simple/organic/house church (2)”