2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ came into the world with the primary mission “…to seek and save the lost.” (Luke 19:10).
Through His death on the cross, Jesus paid the price with his own blood for the sins of humanity so that we could be reconciled to God. Before He departed this world, Jesus commissioned his disciples everywhere to continue on with His ministry of reconciliation by spreading this world-changing message of salvation around the globe.
In each of our lives, God has supernaturally and strategically placed 8 to 15 or so people in our personal relational worlds to whom He plans to show them His love and share His good news through us. In Greek, the word to describe our personal relational world is “oikos”, or extended household.
In Mark 5:19, Jesus said to the man he healed, “Go home to your family (oikos) and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”. Through this example and many others, Jesus demonstrated his model for each of his followers to go and share the good news about Him starting with their, our, own households, or oikos.
At The Church on the Corner, we are committed to partnering with you to reach out to your own oikos with God’s Good News in the following ways:
- By helping you to discover who is in your own oikos. Once you determine who your 8 to 15 are, write their names down on an COTC Oikos Prayer Card so that you can begin praying for your world daily.
- By equipping you through special life skills workshops so that you can most effectively display God’s character to your oikos. As you begin to share your faith with those in your oikos, they will no doubt begin to watch your life more carefully to see if you are living out your own faith. Check our Calendar page for the latest listing of life skills workshops.
- By equipping you to effectively discuss your faith with your oikos. We have provided a Christ-follower Faith Basics booklet to get you started, as well as access to more information available on our Growth Resources and Facts on Faith pages.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a world-changer to your oikos, visit 8to15.com and read the book “8 to 15 – The World is Smaller than You Think” by Tom Mercer which can be checked out of our church library. Also be sure to listen to our sermon series called You Can Be A World Changer!