Important: If you have not already done so, read "Read This First" BEFORE going through this POD.
The term nation(s) occurs over four hundred times in Scripture.
Read the following verses: Genesis 12:3, 22:18, and 28:14; Acts 3:25; and Galatians 3:8.
What is the common theme running through these verses?
What do they say about God’s heart for the nations?
Read the following verses below. They’re from each literary section of the Old and New Testaments.
What words or phrases speak about God’s desire to make Himself known among the nations?
Prophecy: Daniel 7:13–14
Poetry: Psalm 67:2
History: 1 Chronicles 16:8–9
Law: Genesis 26:4
Gospels: Matthew 28:16–20
History: Acts 1:8
Epistles: Romans 1:5
Prophecy: Revelation 7:9–10
Try to watch the videos embedded in each week's POD. If you're unable to watch them from the linked website you can find them at All Nations Global site under Videos. If you're still unable to watch them you can still answer the questions because key statements from the videos are included below. This will hold true for each week.
“The Bible is an incredible text made up of sixty-six different books written by over forty authors over a span of a thousand years. It is not just a compilation of a bunch of different stories, or a self-help manual, or even a devotional book. It is one cohesive story form Genesis to Revelation, the story of God’s glory.
Does this influence your perspective about the Bible? Explain.
“Israel would be a light to all nations...Sometimes Israel would live out this calling well. Understanding God’s desire to bless all of the peoples of the earth through them. Other times Israel would fall into the same trap humanity had again and again, glorifying itself rather than glorifying God. When Israel got off track, God intervened. Sometimes He raised up prophets to remind them of their mandate to bless the nations with the blessings He had given them; other times He would discipline His people by allowing them to be taken captive by other nations.”
Are we off track? Explain.
Has God given us prophets to warn us? Explain.
“He [Jesus] told us that this gospel of the Kingdom must be proclaimed in all the world, as a testimony to all of the ethnic groups, and then the end would come.”
Some believe Jesus cannot return until individuals from every unreached people group hear the gospel. Therefore, they rush the gospel to them as fast as possible. Others believe God will accomplish this during the Tribulation: “And I saw another angel flying through the sky, carrying the eternal Good News to proclaim to the people who belong to this world—to every nation, tribe, language, and people” (Revelation 14:6). They also rush the gospel to the unreached, believing that anyone who does not respond to the gospel spends eternity apart from God. How important is this difference, seeing as both groups are rushing the same gospel to the same people? Should it be the basis for disrupting unity, dividing fellowship, or divergent approaches? Explain.
“The story of the Bible is a single cohesive story from cover to cover: God’s story, the story of His glory among all the nations…He invites you into that story. He invites you into that mission. What part will you play?”
It’s early in the process, but do you hear God’s invitation? Explain.
If you have not already done so, try to obtain a copy of The Abrahamic Revolution by Todd Ahrend. The book’s primary target is young adults, but it has broad application across all age groups. Each week there will be discussion questions from the book for conversation. Here is the reading schedule. Week 2: Chapters 1–5 Week 3: Chapters 6–10 Week 4: Chapters 11–14 Week 5: Chapters 15–18
“Mission cannot be just a hobby horse of a few interested people, it’s the theme of the Bible and a part of every believer’s responsibility.” (Dr. Mike Pocock, Dallas Theological Seminary)
Do you agree or disagree? Explain.
“There is no ‘Plan B’ when it comes to reaching the nations with the gospel of Jesus Christ—we’re it!” (Lee Epstein, Global Pastor, New Heights Church, Arkansas)
How are we doing at Plan A?
“Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” (John Piper)
Explain the significance of this short but monumental quote.
“It’s only good news if it gets there in time.” (Carl Henry)
What changes need to happen for us to get the gospel to people in time?
“No one has the right to hear the gospel twice while there remains someone who has not heard it once.” (Oswald Smith)
How should this influence global missions to the unreached?
We talk of the second coming when half the world has not even heard of the first. (Oswald J. Smith)
Should this affect our perspective on global missions to the unreached? Explain.
The goal of global disciple making is to become SOGY. If your group has not done so already, read Read This First. This will help give direction to supporting others or going yourself.
Share the most important thing you learned at this meeting, and let it serve as a guide as your group prays together.
Each week in POD 1 only, there is a closing video. It is not intended to generate discussion. It just meant to be viewed and enjoyed. If your group is suffering from video fatigue, skip it; if not, watch it. You’ll be glad you did. This week’s video is “Shine” (7:28).