Luke 10 Principles
Several years ago, the leadership of the International Mission
Board of the Southern Baptist Convention became aware of something
new. From different locations around the world they were receiving
reports of a rapid and spontaneous multiplication of indigenously
led (i.e. led by local, non-professional people) churches with tens
of thousands of new believers and thousands of new churches. They
gave the name “church planting movement” to this phenomenon.
We have had the privilege of spending time with several of those
involved in the leadership of church planting movements and seeing
what is going on first hand. Whenever we have asked them, “Where do
you find the principles for what you are seeing?” their answer is
always “Luke 10.”
All over the world, the Lord is using Luke 10 to teach the
principles that Jesus Himself taught His disciples when He wanted
to reach out into the communities around them. From these verses we
learn about the importance of making disciples and starting a
church within a people group or subculture we are trying to reach,
rather than inviting the people from that group to come to our
church. We see how to make church relevant to their culture. We
look at the importance of creating relationships, and of seeing God
One of the major things to learn from Luke 10 is this: the
resources are in the harvest
. We start churches within the
harvest, within their culture and with their people leading. So if
someone becomes a follower of Jesus or shows an interest in
spirituality, we don’t invite them to come to our church. Instead,
we try to start church in their home and within their circle of
influence and culture. The leaders, as well as all the other
resources, will come from the harvest.
Study Luke 10:3-9 using the question mark, lightbulb and arrow
pattern. Briefly review verses 1 and 2 that we covered in week 1. Spend about
30 minutes looking at the rest of the passage. Then discuss these
here to return to "Getting Started."
- What is the importance of us going out to others rather than
inviting them to come to our church?
- What can we learn from Jesus sending us out as lambs among
wolves? Look at Luke 11:21-22 and Luke 10:17-20.
- Why do you think Jesus told His disciples not to take anything
with them? What relevance does this have for us?
- Why should we not talk to anyone on the way?
- Who is the worker for the harvest field?
- How will you recognize a person of peace?
- What New Testament examples of a person of peace can you think
- In whose home is a new community of believers most likely to be
- Why should we not move from house to house?
- What is the importance of eating and drinking?
- What happens that gives us the right to talk about the Kingdom
- What are the advantages of church planting in the harvest
rather than growing our own church?