Today it is called many things by the pastors and churches who are seeking to intentionalize this principle. It is your 8-15, your extended family, your fishing pool, your world, and sometimes simply by the Biblical world your Oikos
- Luke 8:39 The demoniac was told to return to his household and described the great things done for him
- Luke 19:9 Zacchaeus was told salvation had come to his household
- John 4:53 The centurion's whole household was saved following the healing of his son
- Acts 10:2 This records that Cornelius was a righteous man who feared God with all his household. When Peter arrived to preach the gospel, we see that Cornelius had a broader understanding of oikos than simply his relatives.
- Acts 10:24 When Peter arrived Cornealius had invited his relatives and close friends
- Acts 18:8 Luke describes how Crispus, leader of the synagogue at Corinth, believed in the Lord with all his household
- 1 Corinthians 1:16Paul baptized the household of Stephanas
- Mark 2:14-15 describes how Jesus called Matthew, the tax collector; and the scripture records that soon after many other tax collectors were following Jesus and dining with him
- Luke 7:37-8:3 records how the prostitute came to Jesus, and soon after many other "sinful women" were following Christ
- Luke 15 In the three parables about a lost coin, a lost sheep, and a lost son, all tell of the rejoicing when the lost was found. In all three cases they told their friends and family. The message of hope was passed on through the oikos
- John 1:40-41 tells of Andrew bringing his brother to Christ
- John 1:44-45 tells of Philip bringing his friend Nathanael to Christ
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- Integrity. The person’s in our oikos will see any lack of integrity on our part as disproof of the life transforming power of the Gospel.
- Life transformation: What we were is well known by our oikos. What we have become and are becoming is the testimony of Christ’s transforming power. “If any man is in Christ he is a new creature. Old things pass away and all things become new.” II Corinthians 5:17
- Biological World — related to me by blood or marriage
- Vocational World — work associates
- Geographical World — immediate community, neighbors
- Volitional World — the world of my choice, leisure activities, sports etc.
- Presently not Christians or active in any church, and
- Live within a reasonable driving distance of the church of that member
- First, the majority of people who become Christians do so in the first 18 years of life. When developing your oikos strategy don’t neglect either the children or youth of your church and community. This means encouraging parents Sunday School teachers in the reaching of children during these formative years. The most important part of this phenomina is to note if you look at the oikos source it is primarily a family member God used when you look at the conversion of Children
- Second when you look at adult conversions the majority of these converts would point to a friend as being the bridge. As churches we often either keep people so busy in the church they do not have time to build these relationships across which the gospel can travel or we actually discourage people from having these relationships with the misguided fear that those persons will draw the Christian away from the Lord and his mission.
- Third, Jesus told us to look at fields that are white unto harvest. Studies have proven that individuals who have become Christians most often do so in a time of stress or transition. As we apply this practical fact with the truth of scripture there are some simple things we can do to focus on the harvest. When Jesus sent us out into our world the place where we were to have a harvest He told us to look at the fields that were “white to harvest”. How do we tap into this principle of receptivity.
- Death of a family member or friend
- Difficulty or problem that does not seem to have an easy solution
- Situation change. Job, marriage, divorce, birth of a child etc.
- The calendar: People tend to be more receptive at certain times of the year. Examples include: Christmas, Easter, beginning of the school year, anniversary of a loved ones death, etc,
- Relationship. The stronger a relationship a Christian has with a non-Christian the greater the receptivity to the gospel becomes. One or two hours per week invested with someone in your oikos is part of the process of increasing their receptivity Gospel.