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.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations”
Matt 28:19 - A church for every people group
Nations = ethne = ethnic people groups
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
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
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
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.
Accumulated Millions of Viewers
Jesus Film 6,000
“Jesus” Film Viewers
What is the most viewed film in history
and what film has been translated into
2,000 most languages in history?
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.
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
Nigerians: 15,000 Filipinos: 10,000
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
* 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: www.churchmedialink.com
* 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
• 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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