"Go to your home [oikos], to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you." Mark 5:19
When Jesus worked a miracle on someone’s behalf, like the man in Mark 5, it was his custom to give them a simple assignment--to return home with good news. Jesus wasn’t referring to a home as a structure but as a network of relationships. Oikos is the Greek word New Testament writers used to represent those key relationships we all find at the center of our daily lives. Like everyone else, your oikos is made up of your friends and family, neighbors and coworkers. Jesus’ expectation is that you also will tell them what God has done for you. The Oikos principle is Gateway's primary strategy for reaching out to our community with God's love.
One of the most important aspects of embracing the Oikos principle is committing ourselves to prayer. The people that God wants us to reach need prayer. We also need to be praying for each other and for the effectiveness of Gateway’s ministries to build Christ’s church. Oikos prayer cards are available at the Welcome Center as a simple tool to help you identify and keep track of the people in your Oikos that need prayer. Keep it in the place you most often pray or read your Bible. And remember to take it with you to your Grow Group so that you can ask your friends to be praying with you.