Mission & Evangelism – why bother? •Everything starts in Genesis! •Babel - Genesis 11 •Different nationalities are part of the fall of man •Not part of God’s plan •Like all parts of the fall it needs redeeming – Revelation 7 Genesis 12:1-3 12:1“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; Isaiah “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” ends of the earth.” Is. 49:6 Isaiah “my house will be called a house of prayer for Jesus “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” me?” all nations” 56:7 ????? “I….am about to come and gather come and see my glory.” 66:18 . all nations and tongues, and they will “All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations.” nations.” Psalm 22 Romans “Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all Colossians 1:4-6 1:4We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints - the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God's grace in all its truth. nations might believe and obey him…” Romans 16:25-26 16:25- So........ • Is it God’s heart? God’ • We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God. John Stott We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first. Oswald J. Smith I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light. How are we doing? John Keith Falconer Percentage Of World’s Population Bible Believing Christians 1 1430 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 1790 1940 1960 1970 1980 1983 1986 1989 1993 1997 In 1974 approximately one half of the world’s population was beyond the reach of the church, living in unreached peoples Today just one third of the world’s population live in unreached peoples beyond the reach of the church Party Time!!! 55 million a year 150,000 a day! 2 every second!!! 20,000 China 18,000 Brazil 5,000 India The greatest moment in history? • Greatest revival of all time • Greatest outpouring of God’s Spirit and God’ Saving Grace the world has ever seen Paying the price 70,000,000 167,000 per year 457 each day 20th Century… 45,400,000 George Orjih “All nations”? How many? 192? 24,000 10,000 still to be reached (2.1bn) The Choir isn’t ready! After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” Rev 7:9-10 “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth” 1 John 3:17-18 Money Matters Of Total Income Of Christians: 1.73% To Christian Causes Of Christian Causes Income People Power Workforce To Global Mission 5.75m 7% 5.4% To Global Mission Less than…….??? Of That 5.4% To Unreached People 0.21% 1% To Unreached People The Good News in Their Language Ministry Description Bible Translations (Total of all portions below) --Adequate Bibles --Adequate New Testaments --Scripture Portions (not complete NTs) Gospel Recordings (Messages on Tape) Radio Broadcasts (>1 Million Speakers) In 2000 2212 366 928 918 5049 277 Still Needed > 2000 > 2500 > 2000 > 2000 2,900 95 “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 150 Years? “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed. Hudson Taylor …and… you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth” Acts 1:8 'Not called!' did you say? 'Not heard the call,' I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help…. help… Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father's house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters not to come there. Then look Christ in the face -- whose mercy you have professed to obey -- and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world. William Booth “Go and make disciples…..” disciples… ..” • Are we missing the point? • Pharisees or followers? • Auditors & missionaries? No one has the right to hear the gospel twice, while there remains someone who has not heard it once. Oswald J. Smith The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, [youth work] even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose. Someone asked,” will the heathen who asked,” have never heard the Gospel be saved?” saved?” It is more a question with me of whether we, who have the Gospel and fail to give it to those who have not, can be saved? C. S. Lewis Charles Spurgeon “Life is too short and hell is too hot to just play church.” church.” Pastor Larry Osborne.