"WHAT IS YOUR CAUSE?"

Elder Mike Ladd

November 6, 2016

Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 10:1-9

Cause- something (such as an organization, belief, idea, or goal) that a person or group of people support or fight for.

Peace or shalom - completeness, soundness, welfare, peace.  Nothing broken, nothing missing.  A state of wholeness in all aspects of one’s life - spiritual, physical, emotional, financial, family, employment…

Man-of-peace, or person-of-peace.  Someone Jesus sent his disciples to find.  These people had a reputation of being “good news” to those around them.  They found ways to promote wholeness (peace) in other peoples’ lives.  Basically, they were very good at loving people.

A Few Examples of persons of peace in New Testament:

  • The Philippian Jailer (Acts 16:16-40)
  • Lydia (Acts 16:11-15)
  • Centurion (Matt 8:5)

What are the qualities of these persons of peace?

  • They are open and welcoming.
  • They are hungry for spiritual things.
  • They open their family/group/community to spiritual things.
  • They are interested when you make spiritual statements.
  • They ask questions of you (not just tell you their opinion – but want to know yours).
  • They respond to your invitation to open their oikos (family/friends/coworkers) to directly learn from God’s word.
  • Sometimes they do this by inviting you into the family; sometimes you can share with them and then they share with their family.
  • They are ready to help you and other people, not just looking to be helped themselves.
  • They have a strong reputation (good or bad, but strong!).

Strategy: A Person-of-peace will promote the gospel with more fervor than most other people.  If you encounter a person-of-peace, make every effort to “make Jesus known” and watch the fruitful results.