Your Oikos is Your Mission
"Oikos" is the ancient Greek word meaning "extended household," and it refers to the people you interact with on a regular basis - family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, classmates, (cellmates?) - anyone who is in your personal sphere of influence, your relational world. The average person has between 8 to 15 people in their oikos. Jesus uses the word "oikos" specifically in the New Testament in the context of meeting their needs and demonstrating to them how God loves them.
At FBCSD, we believe your Oikos is the 8 to 15 people that God has purposefully and providentially placed in your life. These are the people who know you best, the people you influence by what you do everyday, your sphere of influence. They are not there by accident, but are there for you to demonstrate and announce the love of God by loving them in practical ways, and be ready with a reason for the hope you have in Jesus Christ.
As a church, we want to add value to our community and to those people around us. It is not a religion we practice, instead, we participate in a movement of love demonstrated to us by Jesus Christ, and we follow his command to make disciples the way he did.
It all begins with your oikos!
"But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do."
James 2:18 (NIV)