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3 Keys to Finding a Person of Peace

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Were you ever lost in the woods and couldn’t find your way out? Maybe you’ve played a video game and were stuck in a room (in the game). You couldn’t find the door to get to the next passageway or level. That is a difficult place to be! You wander around not making progress, getting more frustrated each moment; searching, searching, searching. Disciple making among the unreached can feel similar! “Where is that key person?” we wonder. Finding the Person of Peace is important to starting a Disciple Making Movement. It takes you to the next level.

A Person of Peace acts much like a doorway. They open the community to you and your message. They are a key influencers God has chosen. You work through them to reach the area. There are important points to remember when trying to find a Person of Peace.

The Person Of Peace Isn’t Always Who You Think They Will Be

We were working in a slum community. We wanted to find people of influence there. The head of the municipality was the natural one to approach. We asked him who the various leaders were in his area. He specifically directed us to a woman who was in charge of the women’s committee. read more

Before Your First Discipleship Group – DMM Basics 101

“I love the idea of making disciples of new believers and seeing those discipleship groups multiply! I’m in!” you might be saying.  “But where do I start?  What do I need to do first to see a disciple-making movement begin?”

There Are 3 “Basics” That Are Needed As Every DMM Gets Started.

  1. A Prayer Strategy
  2. Abundant Seed Sowing
  3. Finding the Person of Peace

I played basketball in college.  I wasn’t amazing, but I enjoyed it.  It was fun to be a part of a team.  I loved the games.  I hated the practices.  Our coach would push us hard on the court in the early morning practice.  We had to dribble, shoot lay-ups and free throws until we were sick of it.  We ran back and forth, up and down the court dribbling and passing the ball until we could do it in our sleep.  It was these basics that won the games.

It is easy to try to rush through these 3 important steps in seeing discipleship begin.  Don’t do it.

Develop a Prayer Strategy

John Wesley said, “God does nothing except in response to believing prayer.”  Every church planting or disciple-making movement that happens, starts with prayer. read more

How to Know Someone is Not a Person of Peace – Disciple Making Movements

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Salaam Alaikum,” said the Muslim man who greeted me. I replied with the traditional response, “Wa-Alaikum-Salaam.” The phrase means “Peace be upon you.” My response meant “And upon you as well.” The Jews use a similar phrase of salutation. It is the word “shalom.” Blessing those you greet with peace is a well-known tradition in Middle Eastern cultures. Is this what Jesus referred to when He spoke to His disciples about the Person of Peace in Luke 10?

“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.”

Luke 10:5-7 NIV.

It could be that Jesus’ disciples were to greet people with that word “shalom.” If peace rested there and was received, they were to stay with that person. I believe Jesus was taking this a step further. A person of peace would not only receive His true peace, but would also promote the spread of that peace to others. read more

Not Immediately Finding a Man of Peace?

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Days, weeks and months go by. For some teams, it can even be years. You have prayed, fasted and have been doing evangelism. But you still haven’t found the man of peace in your village or city. Frustration and hopelessness build inside.

The temptation to give up on Disciple Making Movement (DMM) principles is growing.

“Maybe this doesn’t work and I should just try a more traditional method of evangelism,” you think. Or perhaps anger toward God is also there. “If the harvest truly is ripe as Jesus said it was, why doesn’t God bring them to me?”

I have been writing a series about common DMM obstacles. Not finding a man of peace (or woman either!) can feel like an immovable barrier.

In the early stages of pioneering a Disciple Making Movement, the battle is intense. This is true both inside of you and in the spiritual realm. Faith is tested and tried.

The bigger the coming breakthrough, the more obstacles you will face. Don’t lose heart. The man of peace is there. Who they are will be revealed. Continue to walk forward in faith and follow best practices in this area.

Movement Leaders On Hold

Last year I was working with a group of South Asians who were pioneering in new places. They were national missionaries who already spoke the language. Good evangelists, they were very solid guys.

They had already seen churches planted in other areas. Those churches had multiplied and grown. Raising up elders, they handed the work over and moved on to new locations.

Suddenly, they went from leading growing movements with hundreds of believers to zero. The locations they were in were new territory for the gospel. There were no churches and no believers.

It was a hard change for them. Because they were already successful DMM practitioners, they expected quick results! They knew how to start movements, but were still discouraged.

Prayer, fasting, and faithfully sharing their testimony yielded little. Actually, it was nothing. No response. “Why can’t we find the man of peace?” They asked.

Doubts filled their minds. Insecurities surfaced. Maybe we aren’t as successful and wise as we thought we were! Are we just wasting our time here?

God Worked Deeply

During that first year (for some they are still in that place of waiting), God worked in their hearts. He was preparing the man of peace for them. But there were things that needed to come into place before that person was revealed.

“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you.” Luke 10:5-6 NIV

The teams persevered in prayer, faith, and evangelism. Recently, they have been in touch with me, sending pictures of baptisms. The shift has come and the man of peace (in most of their locations) has been revealed. It wasn’t easy to wait for that to happen, but God was working through that process, both in them and in their area.

3 Things To Consider When You Don’t Quickly Find The Man Of Peace

1. The Spiritual Battle- You are facing unknown forces. (Eph. 6:12)

When we pioneer in a new place, we can not underestimate the forces that will try to hinder Kingdom growth. Remember, while you have been there a few months or years, darkness has held that place for centuries.

Those powers do not easily let go of their territory. This does not mean that God is not at work. It does not mean that the harvest is not ripe or that there is no man of peace prepared. You just haven’t found them yet.

Continue to pray in faith. One day you will meet them. God is at work. It is impossible for us to pray and God not respond. His power is so much greater than the forces you are up against.

2. Your Own Character Growth- God is preparing you

We should not underestimate spiritual warfare. Nor should we blame everything on that. God is also using this waiting period to grow humility and faith inside of you.

Surrender to His pruning process. It’s a lot easier than fighting it.

3. Best Practices to Follow- Prayer, Faith and Abundant Seed Sowing

Not sure if you are doing what is needed to find the man of peace? Check to see if you are adequately doing these three vital activities.

– Prayer.
When discouragement grows, sometimes we stop praying. Or we decrease our prayer efforts.

What could you do to intentionally increase your own prayer for the village, area or people you are focusing? What could be done to mobilize increased prayer from others?

– Continuing in Faith.

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.” Heb. 11:1 NIV.

By very definition, faith shows itself when we don’t yet see what we are believing for. Once you see it, it doesn’t require faith!

Ask God to use this time to strengthen your faith muscles. Faith is required for a breakthrough. (Click here to see other blogs I’ve written about persevering in faith.)

Maybe the breakthrough you are about to see is bigger than anything you’ve seen before. In that case, God might be wanting to develop greater faith within you through this process.

– Abundant Seed Sowing.
Are you faithfully and daily sharing the good news?
Again, think and pray about how you could increase gospel sowing in your area. The absolute best way to find the Man of Peace is to abundantly sow the gospel. The Person of Peace will be revealed when someone shares the gospel with them. Their peace falls upon them and sticks.

Sometimes this requires a lot of sowing.

I love Ying Kai’s question, “How many people in my city will hear the gospel today?”

Give your time and energy to changing the answer to that question. A week or month from now, will more people regularly be hearing the gospel than are hearing it today where you are?

They Will Show Up

I want to leave you with hope and encouragement. The man of peace will be found. God has prepared them. The harvest is ripe where you are! As you pray, continue in faith and follow the 3 best practices. God will reveal the people through whom He will launch the movement.

Just don’t give up. Press forward until what your faith is hoping for becomes a person standing in front of you.

What do you plan to apply from what you’ve just read? I’d love to hear about it in the comments or on our DMM Frontier Missions Facebook page!