God displays his redemptive work to the nations through Christians who are joyful about their salvation, grateful to be in right relationship with Him, and eager for their eternal reunion with their Savior. He testifies to all peoples through a Gospel that speaks of the sacrifice of his Son.
Verse 10 talks about the excitement of salvation. The image is the joy one feels the day they are married. What excites you most about your salvation?
Verse 11 talks about the expression of salvation. Excited Christians express their witness to those around them. Courageous excited Christians express their witness to the nations, including Tribal peoples. Share what have learned from those you know personally or those you’ve read about, who are expressing their witness to unreached Tribal peoples.
In what way does the gospel include the concept of justice (vs. 11)? Why might this be important to include in a witness to unreached Tribal peoples?
New Tribes Missions (NTM) has a two step process to prepare people to bring the gospel to unreached Tribes. The first step is Bible school at New Tribes Bible Institute (NTBI). The second is training at their missionary training center (MTC). Watch both videos and discuss what you learned.
Perhaps you think there isn’t a place for you in a ministry like Bible translation. It takes a variety of people to make Bible translation happen. And there are many roles both overseas and here at home. We need more than Bible translators. We need teams. And those teams need you. You don’t have to be good with languages you just have to be willing to let God use you just the way He created you. There is a place for you in Bible translation. Let’s find it together.
Does it encourage you to know that there are varied roles to play in helping bring the gospel to unreached tribal peoples? Explain.
As John worked, he dreamed. Benge, Janet; Benge, Geoff (2013-07-25). John Williams: Messenger of Peace (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) (Kindle Location 1072). YWAM Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Seems simple. But stop for a moment and dream about what your involvement as either a Supporter or Goer for Tribal missions might look like. Share your thoughts.
The work of Christian missions is the greatest, noblest, and sublimest to which the energies of the human mind can be devoted…No labor we can bestow, no sacrifice that we can make, no journeys that we can undertake, are too great to be undertaken for the glorious purpose of illuminating the dark world with the light of the glorious gospel. Benge, Janet; Benge, Geoff (2013-07-25). John Williams: Messenger of Peace (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) (Kindle Locations 1729-1731). YWAM Publishing. Kindle Edition.
What does this do to your perspective about Tribal missions?
That night Nate realized how much time and effort he’d wasted going after his own dreams and plans, and he understood the deep joy that comes from surrendering every dream and plan and talent back to God. Benge, Janet; Benge, Geoff (2011-03-28). Nate Saint: On a Wing and a Prayer (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) (Kindle Locations 445-446). YWAM Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Are we wasting our time going after our own dreams and plans? Explain.
People who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives. They forget that when their lives are spent and the bubble has burst they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted. “Some might say, ‘Isn’t it too great a price to pay?’ When missionaries consider themselves—their lives before God—they consider themselves expendable. And in our personal lives as Christians isn’t the same thing true? Isn’t the price small in the light of God’s infinite love? Those who know the joy of leading a stranger to Christ and those who have gone to tribes who have never heard the gospel gladly count themselves expendable….” Benge, Janet; Benge, Geoff (2011-03-28). Nate Saint: On a Wing and a Prayer (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) (Kindle Locations 1036-1041). YWAM Publishing. Kindle Editio
Describe the value of considering your life expendable when it comes to Tribal missions.
“What’s going on? Where is our help? Have you forgot about us? We of Sinou have not forgot about wanting a missionary, we carry a huge heavy constantly about this. We carry this heavy cause we fear for our lives. We know that the Bible says that you should come and tell us. Us dark ones need it… how will we go to God’s place if not? Only those who know will go, how will we know if no one teaches us? That is the whole of my worry, we want a missionary now to give us God’s talk.” This is one of many letters written by Tribesmen asking for missionaries.
How should this shape our mission to unreached Tribesman?