What is a Person of Peace?
The teaching on the person of peace described in Luke 10:1-20 and similar gospel instructions of Jesus in Matthew 9 & 10 and Luke 9 form the only explicit New Testament instruction on how to evangelize. From this passage we can see that a person of peace is:
- A person of receptivity. He gives food and lodging to the evangelists who went ahead of Jesus
- A person of referral. Since the evangelists were instructed not to move from house to house, the most logical way for them to connect with the whole town was through the relationships that the person of peace introduced them to.
- A person of reputation. From the Luke 10 instructions and the fulfillment of those instructions in the following passages, it seems clear that a person of peace is a person of reputation, (they have a known reputation, either good or bad).
Review the scriptures cited below to see if Jesus’ pattern of discovering and staying with a person of peace to announce the Kingdom of God in word and deed was played out in the following passages.
- Zacchaeus – Luke 19:1-10
- Andrew – John 1:40-42
- The Samaritan woman – John 4:1-42
- The lame man at Beautiful Gate – Acts 3:1- 4:4
- Cornelius – Acts 10
- Lydia – Acts 16: 11-15
- The Jailer – Acts 16: 25-34
In Every Community for Christ, we are teaching evangelistic church planters to pray for look for, stick with, and disciple persons of peace. We then empower persons of peace to reach their family, friends, and other people in his or her network with the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ. As we talk to people who have given serious attention to sharing the Gospel and planting churches, the vast majority can describe one or more persons of peace who has multiplied the impact of his or her ministry.