Secondly, Christ seemed to indicate that the gospel seed was to be implanted into other cultures indigenously as previously discussed. A brother in Burma told me that we planted the whole flower pot rather than the seed. Matthew 13:33 uses a “word picture” by comparing the gospel to being planted into a culture as yeast is to being mixed into a large amount of dough. The whole batch of dough is impacted from within by the yeast. We already discussed an illustration recorded in Acts, of cross-cultural evangelism when the Jewish church morphed into a
Gentile church within twenty to thirty years. Yet today, after hundreds of years, Christianity still remains largely a foreign or Western religion, particularly in the 10/40 Window (to be discussed later in this manual) where most of the unreached people groups are located. When Christianity is perceived as a foreign faith or religion then this expected rapid spread of the gospel is dramatically hindered. So, what can we do? We can do things which, I believe, will “inhibit” the movement of God and there are things we can do or not do that “accelerate” the movement of God. We will call these “inhibitors” and “accelerators”, respectively. Tomorrow let us explore things we do that accelerate and/or inhibit the work of God.
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