by Apostle Greg Hood, District Director, Pacific Realm District, ACTS2DAY
I want to start off by saying that God loves cities. His heart is not to just see people saved and take them to heaven but there is something more- He wants to save cities! When we launch to plant new churches, we must plant with purpose.
God has given us tools (PEOPLE) to plant with purpose. One of those tools is the Man of Peace which I believe is in every city in which He has called us to go and plant.
His ultimate goal is Restoration and Kingdom Expansion.
Luke 10:5-9 5.”Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house.’ 6. “If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. 7. “Stay in that house, eating and drinking what they give you; for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not keep moving from house to house. 8. “Whatever city you enter and they receive you, eat what is set before you; 9. and heal those in it who are sick, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
Key Phrases or Words:
Peace be to this house: The word PEACE here is the same throughout this passage. It is the Greek word [G1515 eire; (to join): lit. or fig. peace, by impl. undisturbed.]
MAN OF PEACE: one UNDISTURBED by his surroundings, unmoved by his surroundings.
First word HOUSE: [G3624 oikos; a prim. word; descendants, families, family.]
Second word HOUSE: [G3614 oikia; a house, dwelling.]
MAN: [G5207 huios; a prim. word; a son > man, son, sons.]
REST: [G1879 epanapauo; from G1909[G1909 epi; upon and G373 anapauo; from G303 and to make to cease, give intermission from labor, give…rest, refresh, refreshed.]
Key Questions and Overview:
What is a Man of Peace? A seed for transformation in a city, A lover of God, an influencer of people, a gatherer, He is a man that is undisturbed in the midst of darkness that surrounds him in his city or assignment. A Man of Peace need the connection to the apostolic (Church Planter/City Transformer) to release his assignment NEEDS.
Who is a Man of Peace? A son of God who embodies the ability to rest in the disturbed. (i.e. Jesus on the sea, the Gaderine, etc.) A Man of peace is positioned by Holy Spirit to bring rest and a spirit of “UNDISTURBED” to a city by connecting to an apostolic team that is assigned to bring transformation and reformation to a city.
Where is the Man of Peace? The Man of Peace is in every city in which He (Jesus) would go. He is waiting to connect to you!
When is a Man of Peace needed? When God is ready to invade a City with the Gospel of the Kingdom.
How do we find a Man of Peace? Go and look. Prophetic leading of Holy Spirit.
Key Prayer Point: #3 OPEN DOORS, FAVOR, DIVINE APPOINTMENTS, TO BE SPIRIT LED
Verses to consider: Ez 36:10, 33, 35, 38; Mat 6:10; 9:35; 14:13, Mk 1:38; Lk 4:43; Acts 8:40, 16:4; Heb 11:10
Special Note: The Man of Peace can be a Woman of Peace.