Tuesday, September 19, 2006

World Missions...and Things cont'd.

In Understanding God's Story, we are reminded that it is His story and not ours. One of the reasons people reject the gospel is because of the method in which it is presented to them.

"Some people reject the gospel not because they perceive it to be false, but because they perceive it to be alien." ~Stott

The basis of missions is to reveal the glory of God to the nations. When Christ delivered the Great Commission, He sent us to share the gospel with every nation. In the Greek, this is "pente ethne" which means every people group. There are an estimated 16,011 people groups in the world. Of those, 6,650 people groups have never been reached with the gospel. That represents about 2.59 billion people who don't even have the ability to hear about Christ. That seems daunting and insurmountable. But...

"God is not in a rush; He has not lost control of the world; His ultimate purposes are not being thwarted; He is still all-powerful, all-glorious, and still seeks to bring humanity back to Himself so that we might experience His glory." ~Paul Borthwick

On a lighter note...as Dovie pointed out, today is National Talk Like a Pirate Day.


Ulovebeth said...

Thank you for sharing this info!
I wasn't able to join the class, so it's good to get the cliff notes!
Do you want to be a missionary when you grow up?
A pirate-talking missionary?

Eye Doctor Justin said...

Dang! I miss this every year! This is the only day that I can wear my eye patch and say, "Arrrr you ready for an eye exam?"

I love the quote about perceiving the gospel to be alien. That is the way that I feel Christ and Christianity are percieved up at school.