Status of world evangelism

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					                And this?
            What so close to something we
  Sometimes we are about this?
don’t see “the forest for the trees.” What is this?
                  What is this?
 The answer is at the end of this presentation.
1. The Big Picture - Jesus’ last words.

2. Status of the Great Commission.

3. The Gospel to the ends of the earth.

4. Dramatic recent progress.

5. Challenges of the unfinished task.
             The Command:
 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations”
    Matt 28:19 - A church for every people group
           Nations = ethne = ethnic people groups

             The Results:
God’s glory and Kingdom filling the earth –
worship from “every nation, tribe, people,
      and tongue” Rev 7:9, Hab 2:14
           Why is making disciples of all
            the nations so important?

• Jesus directly links His return to the fulfillment of the
  Great Commission. "This gospel of the kingdom shall
  be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all
  the nations, and then the end will come." Matt 24:14

• There will be worshipers from every people
  group before His throne. “and purchased for
  God with Your blood men from every tribe
  and tongue and people and nation” Rev 5:9
A Church for Every People:
   What is the Status?
How Many People Groups Are There?

Total Peoples by Country
(People Group counted for each country it is in.
This is the list most often referred to as the
peoples of the world.)
How Many People Groups Are Considered
     Unreached / Least-Reached?
       (Using criteria of less than 2% Evangelical
              and less than 5% Adherent)

 Best current estimate of
unreached / least-reached
    ethnic people groups:        6,900
Countries with the Most Unreached Peoples
                      # Unreached
         Country        Peoples
         India           2218
         Pakistan        461
         China           426
         Bangladesh      369
         Nepal           348
                  Joshua Project Progress Scale
             Stage                    Level                  Level Description
                                              Very few, if any, known Evangelicals.
   Unreached / Least-Reached           1.1    Professing Christians less than or equal to 5%.
  Less than 2% Evangelicals and
 Less than 5% Christian Adherents             Evangelicals greater than 0.01%, but less than or equal to 2%.
                                       1.2    Professing Christians less than or equal to 5%.

                                              Very few, if any, known Evangelicals.
   Formative / Nominal Church          2.1    Professing Christians greater than 5%.
  Less than 2% Evangelicals and
Greater than 5% Christian Adherents           Evangelicals greater than 0.01%, but less than or equal to 2%.
                                              Professing Christians greater than 5%.

 Significant / Established Church
                                       3.1    Evangelicals greater than 2%, but less than or equal to 5%.
   Greater than 2% Evangelicals               Evangelicals greater than 5%.

 The ‘Joshua Project Progress Scale’ provides an estimate
 of the progress of church planting among people groups.
Number of people groups at each progress level
Progress of the Gospel by people group.
  Geopolitical boundaries are ignored.
 What strategy can the Church use to
 “make disciples of all the nations?”
Mark 16:15 says “Go onto all the world
and preach the Gospel to all creation.”

 Since we do not know who is part of
  God’s family, the Church ought to
    strive to give every person the
opportunity to respond to the Gospel.

 Is this a realistic goal to present the
  Gospel to every person on earth?
  Vision of Coca-Cola:
   “A can of coke in the hand
of every person on the planet.”
World as Coke
Approximate Percentages

         10% Coke Fans (True Followers of Christ)
         20% Cola Drinkers (Nominal Adherents of Christianity)
         40% Non Cola Drinkers (Heard, but not responded)
         30% Cola Unknown (Virtually no exposure to Gospel)

 What are some ways being used to reach every person?
   Bible                                                 Bible Translation Status

                  Bible Portions Translated
Translation                                   2500

                                              2000          What happened after
                         Cumulative                           1500 that caused
                                                            such a dramatic rise?

                                                     0      500    1000    1500     2000
 The New Testament has been translated into the mother tongue
 of over 87% of the world’s population. However the remaining
   approximately 13% will require over 2,100 new translations.
                                                    7,000                          6,500

                  Accumulated Millions of Viewers
Jesus Film                                          6,000
                                                            “Jesus” Film Viewers
                                                    4,000                  3,600
                What is the most viewed film in history
                and what film has been translated into
                  2,000 most languages in history?
                                                             488    730
                                                             1990   1995   2000    2010

    There have been approximately 6.5 billion cumulative
   viewings or hearings to the Jesus Film. It is available in
  languages known by over 90% of the world’s population.
Christian Radio Broadcasting
 It is estimated that Christian radio
  broadcasts cover at least 91% of
        the world’s population.
              Status Summary
   A Church for every People Group
 Global Total                      16,700
 Unreached / Least Reached          6,900

The Gospel to the Ends of the Earth
   True Believers            10%
   Nominal Adherents         20%
   Heard, no response        40%
   Virtually no exposure     30%
Is Christianity stagnant,
 declining or growing?
Evangelical Christianity is growing faster than Islam and
    two times faster than Buddhism and Hinduism.
* Explosion of the non-western Church *
 • True Christianity has grown by more than 300
   million believers in the past ten years.
 • About 10 million of these new Christians are from
   North America and Europe
 • The rest – 290 million – are from developing
   countries like Nigeria, Brazil, India and China.

The Global South: The new faces of Evangelical Christianity
               * Philippines *
1975 – 3,000 churches
2005 – 55,000 churches
2010 – Expect to send out over 10,000
       cross-cultural workers into the
       10/40 Window in the next 15
       years as tentmaking
                      * China *
• 1948 less than 1 million believers.
• 2010 upwards of 125 million believers.
  Most all of the growth has been in the
  last 30 years.
• There are more followers of Jesus Christ
  in China than in North America.
• Over 12,000 new Chinese believers every
  day! Great need is for pastoral training.
      * Developing World Missions Initiatives *

                     Estimated missionaries sent by various
                      countries over the next 15-20 years.  Koreans: 30,000
                        10/40                                      Chinese:
                      Window                                       50,000

                                 Nigerians: 15,000           Filipinos: 10,000
                                   missionaries                missionaries
            Latin Americans:
           21,000 missionaries

The fullness of the Gentiles brought in and the grafting back in
        of the natural branches beginning? (Romans 11)
Why hasn’t the Great Commission
       been completed?
  * Spiritual Challenge *
    Satan does not give up
    ground without a battle.

More Christians have been martyred
  in the 20th century than in the
 previous 19 centuries combined.
                  * Population Challenge *

            5.5 billion lost people in the world …
Viewing 5 per second it would take 35 years to see everyone.
     Related video from International Mission Board-SBC at:
 * People Group Challenge *
Remaining people groups are the
  most difficult to penetrate.

    • GEOGRAPHIC BARRIERS: remote, harsh climate,
     difficult access, or nomadic.
    • LINGUISTIC BARRIERS: illiteracy, no scripture in their
     language, unwritten language, terminology confusion.
    • CULTURAL BARRIERS: persecution, closed to change,
     Christianity viewed as a “foreign” religion.
      * Political / National Challenge *
 Countries with the highest % of unreached tend
     to be the most closed to Christianity
                          North Korea
• Open Doors ranks North Korea #1 in Christian persecution.
• Government severely represses all religious activity and there is
  systematic oppression, imprisonment and execution of Christians.
• Physical and spiritual starvation of 23 million people.
               * Resource Challenge *

Imbalance in Missionary Distribution
Question: What % of missionaries work among unreached peoples?

                          Answer: Only about 1 in 10 missionaries
                             work among unreached peoples.

Imbalance in Missions Finances
Question: For every $1 of Christian giving to all
  causes how much goes to financing pioneer
  church planting among unreached peoples?

                                       Answer: Less than a penny
   “After these things I looked, and behold, a great
multitude, which no one could count, from every nation
and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before
        the throne and before the Lamb” Rev 7:9
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4.    D
5.    A
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11.   B   (If accompanying paper
                quiz was used)
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