15 STEPS FROM LUKE 10
TO PLANT HIGHLY-
Adapted from a forth-coming book by Victor Choudherie, MD
Copyright © by Galen Currah and George Patterson. Copy freely.
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The goal for church planting movements is to reap an immense harvest. However, the number of labourers remains too few. Nevertheless, we have a clear job description that includes the following: (a) search out the strong man and destroy him; (b) find the “child of peace” whom God has prepared, (c) continually train more harvesters; and (d) reap the harvest. Our equipment is simple: power received through the Holy Spirit. The Lord of the harvest left us the following instructions.
1. Go Two by Two: Go empowered by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-8). Take no excess baggage and do not depend on financial means. Go as lambs among wolves, evil spirits led by a “strong man”. Spy out the land, moving quietly and prayerfully. Focused prayer-walking will reveal entry points into the strong man’s house. Remember that you are on a search-and-destroy mission. Luke 10:1, 4; see Num. 13:1-5.
2. Pray: There
are at least five kinds of prayers you are to employ:
3. Bind the Strongman: Destroy all strongholds that hold folks in bondage, such as centers of occult, alcoholism, drugs, pornography, movie theatres, smuggling, atheism, idolatry, worship of money, and the “idiot box” (TV). God wants you to plunder the possessions of the strongman (the devil) which include families, property and wealth, and make them Christ’s possessions. (Matt. 12:29)
4. Find a House
of Peace: Finding the “bayit
shalom,” or “peaceful home” is central to the strategy of reproductive church
planting. It will be your operational base from where you will launch out to
5. Eat, DON’ t
Just Meet: Bless every
family as you prayer walk their neighbourhoods. (Genesis 12:3). Keep on
prayer walking, binding, loosing, and blessing until a “person of peace”
welcomes you into his home. Eat and sleep there. You expect this family to
join the household of God. Therefore, behave like a member of the household
and not like a formal religious visitor (Eph. ). Do not go from house to house amongst
unbelievers (Matthew 10:5). When there are enough believers in the locality,
then you can go from house to house (Luke 10:5-8; Acts ). Like Cornelius
Spiritual Warfare: The “children of peace” know the local
people and will gather into their house their friends and relatives who can
be redeemed from the evil one. As they come, first expel demons and pray for
the sick (Matt.10:8) as Jesus did everywhere he went, and heal folks’
diseases. Only then did Jesus teach. Likewise, when Philip the evangelist
7. Make DISCIPLES: Discipleship does not require going to Bible school and then finding a religious job. Jesus modelled a life-style of disciple-making by living with his disciples, eating the same food, wearing the same clothes and sharing the same facilities. Jesus taught his disciples by casting out demons, healing the sick, and identifying with the powerless. Discipleship for us, too, requires laying down our life for both the friendly and the unfriendly. Hebrew 6:1-2 furnishes a syllabus of six essential topics of foundational teaching. These include repentance from dead works, faith towards God, baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection from the dead, and eternal judgment. Disciple-making is a process and the end-product is a disciple who can faithfully pass on the teachings and skills that he has received to others. (2 Tim. 2:2)
8. Bring Folks to Repentance: John preached, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 3:2), as did Jesus at the start of His ministry (Matt. ). His final words to His disciples were: “Repentance and the remission of sins will be preached to all nations in His name” (Luke 24:47). On the Day of Pentecost, Peter thundered, “Repent and let everyone be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts ; ). Repentance results in a change of mind, purpose and action.
Repentance a Process: The Old
Testament process was this:
In the New Testament, repentance requires the same steps, although the bath of purification is now called “baptism”, and instead of a ram, we offer ourselves as a spiritual offering (Rom. 15:16). Thus, making disciples starts with repentance, for “the sacrifices of God are a broken and contrite heart, which He will not despise” (Ps. 51:17). New disciples must confess all their sins layer by layer, like peeling an onion. Hidden sins will render believers ineffective. Any curses that have been passed down from one generation to another must also be identified and broken in Jesus’ name. (Exodus 20:5)
10. Baptize Without Undue
Delay: In Judaism, Jews who had committed a sin
and Gentiles who intended to convert to Judaism would come to a sacred font
for a bath (baptism) of purification in the presence of two or three
witnesses, but without the presence of a priest. Baptism served as a sign of
one’s repentance and of one’s covenant with God.
11. Teach Obedience: To obey Jesus means to come under His authority. New believers must defect from the Devil, their previous master. As members of the household of God, they are to enjoy fellowship together, eating together just as a family does. Eating together helps to break down barriers in societies that are riddled with caste and status, with racism and denominationalism. Teaching must lead to an apostolic commissioning of Christians, by challenges them to go and make disciples of all nations. They also learn to intercede with God, just as our Lord Jesus has been doing for the last 2,000 years. (Acts 2:42; Heb. 7:25)
12. Share Material Blessings: New believers must learn to share their material belongings from day one, like the poor widow who gave her last coins for the kingdom. Poverty is a curse (Mal. 3:8-12; Deut. 28:48) that can be broken more by giving than by receiving. Spiritual conversion leads to financial conversion. (Acts 5:2)
13. Start a
14. Equip Workers: The
mandate of the
15. Send them out: Fast, pray, and lay hands on willing workers, and, like Jesus, say, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you” (Acts 13:1-3; John ). After you have fathered a healthy church, bless and send its members. It is time for the bride to go and reproduce.
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