What role does personal worship play in sharing the gospel with unreached peoples?
“I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.”
What is the significance of this truth when obeying the Great Commission stands in opposition to family traditions, religious rituals, civil laws, and government mandates that restrict, limit, and forbid the sharing of the gospel among unreached peoples?
As a group, list five benefits of going on a short-term mission trip to unreached peoples.
“and make disciples”
Describe what it means to make disciples.
Are we making disciples or making disciple makers? What’s the difference? Does it matter?
“I thought to myself, ‘Who am I to tell millions of non-Christians that if they do not turn from their sins and trust in Jesus, every single one of them will spend eternity in hell?’ That feels extremely arrogant, entirely unloving, uncomfortably brash. Such a claim would be arrogant, unloving, and brash unless the claim was true.”
How does the resurrection change missions to unreached peoples?
“If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, it is outright nonsense to go around the world telling people they either need to follow Jesus or face hell. But if Jesus did rise from the dead, if Jesus alone has paid the price for man’s sin, if Jesus alone has conquered sin and death and the grave, then going around the world and telling people about Jesus is the only thing that makes sense. If Jesus did rise from the dead, then it is the height of arrogance to sit idly by while millions of unbelievers go to hell. It is the epitome of hate to not sacrifice our lives to spread this good news among every people group on the planet.”
What is it about the gospel that makes it worth of doing whatever is necessary to bring it to unreached peoples?
“They are born in another part of the world…Gradually they’ll try and figure out what life is all about…One day blends into the next…and soon years pass without joy, without hope, without answers for a meaningful life. And finally life ends and the hope of discovering something better along with it.”
Describe what your life would be like now if you had not discovered the gospel.
“As Christians we believe we have discovered something. That God loves us, has forgiven us, and wants to change us for the better. We have discovered everlasting hope. But people in large parts of the world have not. Of the world’s Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims, 86 percent don’t know a Christian. Almost 30 percent of the world has never heard of Jesus. It amounts to over two billion people who will go through life unable to hear about Jesus even if they wanted to. In the words of a ten-year-old who heard this, ‘It’s not fair.’”
What kind of response are these words meant to evoke?
Read The Abrahamic Revolution, chapters 15–18.
“Andrew Murray says, ‘The man who mobilizes the Church to pray will make the largest contribution in history to world evangelization’” (locations 3466–67).
How can you begin making your contribution?
“Of the top ten countries represented in American universities…six are populated by unreached peoples” (locations 3719–21).
How does this speak to the strategy of making disciples among international college students?
“A. T. Pierson once said, ‘Christians need to be converted to missions, just as [much as] the lost do to Christ’” (locations 3803–4).
Do you agree or disagree? Explain.
Support others or go yourself. Describe your involvement.
Reflect on what you learned this week, and let it guide you as your group prays together.