Now that we have formed the concept of "unengaged and unreached people groups" (see previous blogs), I want to help build a passion in each of us for getting the gospel to these people in the most effective way possible.
When God set Saul apart and called him (now Paul) to be a minister of the gospel, the clarity of that call did not come all at his conversion. It grew over time. The last time he recounts his conversion to King Agrippa, he tells it different than the two times before. The Lord said to Paul "I am sending you to open their eyes (the Gentiles), so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me" (Acts 26:17-18). WHAT A PURPOSE TO LIVE FOR!
I believe that Paul's dramatic conversion had much to do with how he understood his call to preach the gospel to those in darkness. We don't need to have the same type of conversion to gain the passion Paul had. "Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated...strangers...having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ" (Ephesians 2:12-13). This truth works in us to cause a deeper response to "GO" (Mt. 28:19). To carry the gospel to the unengaged or unreached is not the result of human skill or education, it is "the gift of God's grace which was given to me (us) by the working of HIS power" (3:7).
Is your passion for carrying the gospel to the unengaged or unreached growing? We invite your comments or statements of what God is doing in your life.
Joshua Project uses the terms "unreached" and "least-reached" to mean the same thing. The terms are used interchangeably. An unreached or least-reached people are a people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group.
Ralph Winter words this definition a little different and I quote him for clarification: “Unreached peoples: a group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians able to evangelize this people group.” (Unreached Peoples: The Development of the Concept, International Journal of Frontier Missions, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1984).
While these and other definitions are not complete in themselves, they give us a framework in which to position our efforts so that such people might be reached. As this ministry (NFI) moves forward in 2015, our objective is to effectively impact church plant and church renewal so there is a fresh moving of the Holy Spirit through individuals in the church that carries the gospel to the unengaged and unreached people groups of the world. Paul’s ministry was toward that end so that “the word of the Lord sounded out from you” (1 Thessalonians 1:8). When individuals are spiritually mature (healthy), so will be the church. Then expansion of the gospel will be spontaneous!
Please pray for the early state licensing we are allowed to print books GPHC in a Asia country.
1. On the approval permit printing and publishing books GPHC. An application to the state agency was sent for their approval for printing and distributing books GPHC nationwide last week. The State will accept and respond with a "Yes" or "No" on January 5, 2015.
2. Pray for 4 training courses; the location, training and number of participants pastors, leaders, deacons and members, of church attendance. (190 members).
3. Praying for God to open His doors so that we can work together to train 4 groups + 1 group of "Antioch" GPHC of leaders.
This opportunity has at it's heart the gospel reaching unengaged and unreached people groups in places that are experiencing persecution. Please be diligent in prayer!
"In little more than ten years, Paul established churches in four provinces of the Empire, Galatia, Macedonia, Achaia and Asia. Before AD 47 there were no churches in these provinces; in AD 57 Paul could speak as if his work there was done, and could plan extensive tours into the far west without anxiety lest the churches which he had founded might perish in his absence for want of his guidance and support."
"Missionary Methods - St. Paul's or Ours" by Roland Allen, Eerdmans, 1962, page 3.
Until every unengaged or unreached people group has heard the gospel of Jesus Christ, our work is not finished. What is your next "tour" to the those who have never heard? If you can't go - Send someone!
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