God uses whatever means necessary to create a connection between those who are ready for the gospel and those who are called to be on mission for the gospel. God speaks through the medium he’s most likely to be understood. (1 Corinthians 1:22) For some unreached peoples this may means dreams and visions (Muslims). For others it may be manifestations of power such as physical healing (Hindus). For others it might be the emptiness of a godless life (Unreligious). Don’t be surprised if when you show up among an unreached people they have been informed by God of your arrival ahead of time. God goes before you. How does this impact your attitude toward bringing the gospel to unreached peoples in East Asia?
Read Vs. 9-17a
God radically altered Peter’s world view during prayer. Might God want to do the same thing to us through prayer? What might the outcome be if you asked God to give you His worldview, in prayer each day this week. What if your entire group did the same and reported the results at the next meeting.
The first steps in making the gospel known cross culturally are often invisible. God is at work in the recipient’s heart through whatever means he chooses (in this case a vision). God is also at work in the heart of the redeemed bringing about a radical change in a worldview. Now the steps become visible. The redeemed move in the direction of the unreached. Without the preceding verses some might call of this a coincidence. But with a view of the back-story we see God was already at work. Is God already at work in your heart? Is God changing your worldview.
One person stated that he was “ruined” with respect to his new worldview. Are you being “ruined” by God?
Sometimes even a God arranged encounter needs some adjusting on the front end. Worshiping the messenger instead of the message is not uncommon. Care needs to be given to direct people to the Savior of the message not the bearer of the message. Additionally, don't assume an encounter that involves an invitation doesn’t also need clarification. Asking, your hosts why they have invited you is a great way to make sure your comments are relevant. How can you create clarity among those who want to know more?
Read verse 34 and 35
Get ready to be rocked if you venture to share the gospel with unreached peoples and they actually trust the gospel. It is absolutely fantastic to see the gospel embraced by other cultures. How can you position yourself to see this happen?
Read Verses 36-48
The essential parts of the gospel are contained throughout the New Testament. Simply reading through the New Testament with someone will surface the Gospel. However, sometimes the situation calls for an oral presentation of the Gospel. As a group take note of the key elements of Peter’s presentation and create your own oral template. What elements does it contain?
I was praying and asked God what should I do. I wanted to disciple people and knew people needed jobs. I started to dream and this is what happened.
Simply wanting to make disciples and asking God how make that happen is often the starting point for a transforming ministry. The strategy is simple and anyone can do it. How should that shape our attitude towards involvement in bringing the gospel to unreached peoples in East Asia?
Sharing my faith in a natural way caused them to start to ask questions.
Why is casual conversation often the best way to minister to unreached peoples?
We included Bible study along with the training. They were so keen on sharing. God spoke to one artisan through what she was reading in the Bible. She said she received peace when she started to read. From that time she started to walk with Jesus.
How does this salvation experience differ from how it’s practiced in the US?
He determined to live for eternity, no matter what it cost him in terms of family ties or public opinion. Benge, Janet; Benge, Geoff (2013-03-15). C.T. Studd: No Retreat (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) (Kindle Locations 387-388). YWAM Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Are these realistic issues facing those who choose to become involved in global missions to unreached peoples?
C.T. was stunned to think that his decision to become a missionary was already having an effect on other people. Benge, Janet; Benge, Geoff (2013-03-15). C.T. Studd: No Retreat (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) (Kindle Location 401). YWAM Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Who inspires you? Who might you inspire?
Every true soldier is a hero! A soldier without heroism is a Chocolate Soldier. Who has not been stirred to scorn and mirth at the very thought of a Chocolate Soldier? In peace true soldiers are captive lions, fretting in their cages. War gives them their liberty and sends them, like boys bounding out of school, to obtain their heart’s desire or perish in the attempt. Battle is the soldier’s vital breath! Peace turns him into a stooping asthmatic. War makes him a whole man again, and gives him the heart, strength, and vigor of a hero. Every true Christian is a soldier of Christ, a hero “par excellence”! Braver than the bravest— scorning the soft seductions of peace and her oft repeated warnings against hardship, disease, danger and death, whom he counts among his bosom friends. Benge, Janet; Benge, Geoff (2013-03-15). C.T. Studd: No Retreat (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) (Kindle Locations 1822-1828). YWAM Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Is every Christian a soldier that is only made whole by involvement in the spiritual war called global missions to unreached peoples?
It was one thing to talk about giving up everything for Christ, but how would he feel when he was alone in a strange land, cold and hungry and missing his family? Would he long for his old life back? He hoped not, but he could not properly answer the question. Only the passage of time could do that. Benge, Janet; Benge, Geoff (2013-03-15). C.T. Studd: No Retreat (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) (Kindle Locations 447-449). YWAM Publishing. Kindle Edition.
How should this shape our attitude and involvement in helping bring the gospel to the unreached of East Asia?
Read Global Starting Point #20
Support Others or Go Yourself.
Explore the link below to discover if you are supposed to Support Others by adding East Asia workers to your World Team, or become a Goer Yourself.