Finding a House of Peace
In Matthew 10 and Luke 10 Jesus instructs His disciples to go into the towns and villages in pairs and find a House of Peace. We have found this to be one of the most fruitful ways to engage and win the lost to Christ.
It begins with a simple prayer walk around the neighborhood with a fellow disciple. You will be praying for the homes and apartments that the Holy Spirit would open doors and hearts to the gospel. Also pray that God would give you the boldness necessary to share the good news.
After you have “prayer walked” the neighborhood you will begin "prayer knocking." Knock on the door and introduce yourself and your fellow disciple. Tell them you are concerned about the neighborhood and that you have been praying. Ask them, "If God were to do a miracle in your life, what would it be?" When they give you the prayer request, ask, "Can I pray for you right now?"
When you have finished your prayer immediately begin sharing your story and Jesus story by using this introduction; "You know God did a miracle in my life..." You can either transition straight into Jesus story (the gospel) or include it in your story. It's a good idea to practice your story and Jesus story several times before you start "Prayer Knocking."
At the end make sure you ask a question that would elicit a response to the gospel such as, "Are you near or far from God?" or "What would keep you from making Jesus your King?"
If they are not interested in continuing the discussion, continue on to the next house or apartment.
If they are not ready to follow Christ but interested in continuing the discussion, ask these questions; "When would be a good time to come back and share another story?" and "Do you know anyone else who would be interested in hearing about Jesus?"
If they are interested in following Jesus as Lord and Savior, lead them in a prayer of commitment. Immediately teach them how to share their story and Jesus story and map out their Oikos. Encourage them to share with the people on their Oikos Map. (See video above)
Arrange a time to start the Commands of Christ with them by asking; "When Can I come back and share another story?" and "Who on your Oikos Map do you think would be interested in hearing about Jesus?"
If they invite you back, continue to follow Jesus, and start sharing with their friends, family, and others, you have found a true House of Peace.