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On Cultivating Ethos, we are preparing you to change your world. It begins with your Oikos: The 8 to 15 people that God has purposefully and providentially placed in your relational world. Almost everyone who has ever been a Christian came to Christ through an oikos relationship. That's why Jesus commanded us to make disciples. Our goal is to help you see how God has positioned you to do that.
8 to 15: The World is Smaller Than You Think
by Tom Mercer
On the average, each of us has 8 to 15 people, whom God has supernaturally and strategically placed in our relational world so that He might use us to show them His love. The Greeks used one word to describe this personal world-oikos. This book is not about programs or events, but a new way to view the world around us. The oikos principle is one that Jesus designed, modeled and taught, for one purpose, to change the world-a world that might just be smaller than you think!
BY MIKE BREEN
WHAT IN THE WORLD DOES OIKONOMICS MEAN?
Oikos is an old word that means “household.” It referred to a specific network of relationships that functioned as an extended family with a specific purpose. It would have included biological relatives as well as friends, servants, and business associates. Everyone lived within an oikos in the ancient world.
We are re-learning how to live like this, with Jesus in the center. This is how the ancient world was transformed—the good news of Jesus multiplying from oikos to oikos, along the lines of relationship as the gospel was shared in the everyday tasks of life.
And of course “nomics” refers to economics, which has to do with how we invest, exchange, and grow the various kinds of capital that we possess. So Oikonomics is about the economy of our oikos, the way our household invests its time, energy, and money.
As we seek to live as Families on Mission, the way we invest our time, energy, and money directly affects how effective and fruitful we become. It’s a big discipleship issue, and Oikonomics looks at how Jesus did this with his Family on Mission and how we can imitate him in it.