Autor: Chris Kidd
Category: As Escrituras em Missões
Again, if the internet holds, I’ll live blog this session, so apologies for spelling mistakes etc.
After a video, David Yoo from Korea introduced the session on Discerning the will of Christ for 21st century world evangelisation by leading us in prayer.
We then watched a powerful video reminding us of the many people around the world who need to hear the gospel, and how we each, personally, can do something to help share the Bible, especially the Oral Story, with the hundreds of millions of people who need to know a Christian.
Paul Eshleman is starting the session picking up from John Piper’s session on Wednesday and the need to pick up both the challenge of suffering now, and suffering in eternity – we can’t afford to choose one over the other. He starts by sharing a story of a young lad from Iran who was miraculously healed from burns in a fire, and later watching the Jesus DVD says that it was Jesus who rescued him – fantastic testimony!
In terms of world evangelisation today we need to ask where is the church not present and what are we going to do about it? It is absolutely wrong that there are areas of the world that haven’t been reached, we represent 5 million churches, 12 million Christian workers. An American leader talked about sending people to Latin America, Paul challenged him on why when they’re growing so fast, he said they were invited, Paul said the most neglected people don’t know who to invite – we need to focus on that. Tim Keller reminded us that many of these people are in cities, it’s not just a small villages with huts.
Seven key elements of the Great Commission:
Assumptions in this:
86% of Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus don’t know a believer – that’s our fault.
Scripture translation should be our number 1 priority. Out of 8,000 languages only 448 have the whole bible, another 1185 have the New Testament, 843 groups have a portion of Scripture. There are 2252 languages that have not one verse of scripture and no-one is planning on going to them.
A new strategy is it doesn’t need to be a professional translator, we could look to people to move into new areas, to live in their community, learn the language, and eventually share the gospel through story telling so at least people understand some of the scriptures.
From here on there were a number of examples of how this has worked so far interspersed with Paul’s thoughts, which aren’t appropriate to blog here but were inspiring.
We have to keep it a priority:
Unengaged means that there is no worker, or plan for work with a people group. A few years ago some key leaders identified 639 groups that needed reaching. Five years later 470 of 639 now have full-time workers reaching over 540 million people; so far 225,000 decisions to place faith in Christ, 8,000 churches established by over 4,000 workers.
A team from India shared how they did this through:
We accessed a list of 632 unengaged unreached people groups with a population of over 50,000. We were then given an opportunity to update any of the data and discuss:
When asked the question before, the number one answer was: “we didn’t know”, now you know so there is no excuse!
Now using the Reflection and Commitment sheet to look at tentative commitments. If Moses had had to work out getting over the Red Sea he’d have never gone, we can leave some of these things to God! We were encouraged to consider who we would commit to reaching with the good news.