George Barna (founder of The Barna Group) and Tony and Felicity Dale have a new book out, The Rabbit and the Elephant, Why Small Is the New Big for Today’s Church. While you probably won’t agree with everything in the book you’ll be hard-pressed to question what they gleaned from Luke 10 when it comes to what to do when involving yourself in cross-cultural missional living. The early part of Luke 10 tells the historical facts about when Jesus sent 72 of His followers out in twos to do the things they had seen Him doing. Barna and the Dales point out six must-do’s.

1. Trust God to Provide the Strategy and the Workers

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. Luke 10:1

2. Trust God’s Protection

Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Luke 10:3

3. Trust God to Provide the Resources

Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. Luke 10:4

4. Trust God to Lead You to the “Person of Peace”

“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. Luke 10:5 – 6

5. Enjoy the Hospitality That God Provides

Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. Luke 10: 7 – 8

6. Trust God to Answer Your Prayers

Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’ Luke 10:9