1. Lives centered on Jesus.
- Centering our lives on Jesus. All of the other patterns/practices, indeed, all of life flows from an intimate, conversational relationship with Him.
- Jesus modeled this kind of intimate, listening relationship with His Father. Jn. 5:19. “I do nothing on my own initiative. I only do what I see the Father doing.
- Holy Spirit enables us to enjoy this same kind of relationship. “He will guide you into all truth… He will speak only what He hears… the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.” Jn. 16:12-15.
- Our intent is to live out Jesus’ theology of the Holy Spirit.
- Questions: Lord, what are you saying to me today? What am I to do about it?
- Mark Virkler: “Our mission is to equip you to do everything as an outcome of your daily conversations with God and to train others to do the same.”
2. Church of two (CO2).
- The most foundational expression of church. All larger expressions of church, including house church, are built on this foundation. Starting place for church planting.
- Two people engaging in two practices as close to daily as possible. 1. “Checking in” on a heart level. (SASHET) 2. Sharing what they hear from the Lord.
- Vital to practice this in the context of marriage. In the New Testament the ecclesia (church) was planted and grew in the oikos (household). The marriage and then the family is the first and foundational expression of church.
- May also be two people of the same gender.
- Jesus sends apostles out two by two (Lk 10:1). “Whenever two or three gather in my name, I am present”. Mt 18:20.
- Questions: How are you checking in? What is Jesus saying to you?
- Solomon: “Two are better than one.” Ecc. 4:9-12
3. Church as intimate spiritual family.
- A simple church learning to center their community on Jesus. Meeting at least weekly but connecting often during the week. Many CO2s in one house church.
- Same two practices: 1. “Checking in” on a heart level. (SASHET) 2. Listening together to Jesus. Jesus is head of each church and He brings the agenda for each meeting. Church and mission flow from listening.
- Jesus spends three years living life with a spiritual family of twelve men. “Jesus called to him those he wanted, and they came to him… He appointed twelve… that they might be with Him…” Lk. 3:13-19.
- Questions: How is your heart today? (ie, Checking in.) Jesus, what do you want to say to this church today?
- Led by spiritual moms and dads who serve the family.
- Frank Viola: “Thus from the viewpoint of God’s eternal purpose, the church exists to be… the organic expression and physical extension of the Trinitarian Community.”
4. Praying Luke 10:2b.
- Obeying this command of Jesus with your CO2 partner. Relentlessly beseeching like the widow lady in Luke 18. Praying daily at 10:02 am
- “He told them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Beseech the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Lk. 10:2
- Jesus said that 84 apostolic church planters were only a “few”. We believe He desires to thrust out dozens (maybe hundreds) into every region
- “Harvest workers” = two kinds of people. 1. Apostolic church planters. 2. People of peace (those God has prepared for a church to be birthed in their home). See Cornelius in Acts 10.
- Kenny Moore: “The 10:2b Prayer is the leadership solution.”
5. Joining Jesus in birthing churches in house of peace.
- The “man of peace” was central to Jesus’ strategy. It is, therefore, vital that we understand what this phrase meant to Jesus and his disciples.
- Peace = shalom in Hebrew. Shalom means “wholeness, health”. A “house of peace” is a healthy, whole family. This is key because the man or woman of peace will be the leader(s) of the new church. New churches are always formed around one or more healthy spiritual moms and/or dads.
- “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house’. If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him…” Lk. 10:5-6
- The marriage, and then the family, is the first and most foundational expression of church. The nucleus or core around which larger expressions of church form.
- Church planting = Jesus’ primary strategy for expansion of the kingdom.
- Roger Gehring: “A well-functioning household can only exist upon the foundation of a healthy, intact family. Hence a house church could only be established if a well-functioning family existed.”
6. A church planter (apostle) helps birth and nurture those new churches and especially their leaders.
- Apostle = a sent one. A man or woman gifted and sent by God to help birth multiple churches.
- This is the heart of a father/mother longing to see simple churches thriving and growing healthy and multiplying.
- “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father…it is the Father, living in me, who is doing His work.” Jn. 14:1-10. “We were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children…we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children…” 1 Thes. 2:7-12.
- Often this nurturing is done by a team. “(Jesus) gave apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers to equip God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…” Eph. 4:11-13
- Coaching is a key skill for this kind of spiritual parenting.
- Larry Kreider: “A major aspect of house church ministry is preparing and training future spiritual fathers and mothers and then releasing them to reproduce themselves.”
7. Actively participating in communities of practice with other church planters.
- House church leaders and church planters can encourage and learn from one another.
- “When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done.” Lk. 9:10.
- Just as in a house church, this community requires active participation.
- In addition to this worldwide Lk10 Community, there may be regional Communities that form.
- Margaret Wheatley: “The literature on communities of practice is filled with stunning examples of how workers learn complex skills in rapid time when seated next to those who have the skill. And of how workers reach out electronically across the globe with a question to colleagues, and receive back immediate, expert advice that resolves a crisis or dilemma.”
(These values and practices are copied directly from LK10.com as we are an extension of the work done through the Luke 10 Network)