Summary: What will it take for the concept of unreached people to become totally intolerable for us in the church?
Rev. Brian Bill
May 14-15, 2016
David Platt, author of several books, including Radical, is now the president of the Southern Baptist’s International Foreign Mission Board. Beth and I heard him preach a sermon about a month ago that crushed me. I’ve watched it several times and think about it often. I found it unusually unsettling and quite convicting so thought I would paly a three-minute clip. If you want to watch the entire message, it’s posted on the sermon extras tab on our website.
Play Sermon Clip by David Platt – “Martyrdom and Mission: Why Reformers Died In Their Day; How We Must Live In Ours.” (44:06-46:50)
What will it take for the concept of unreached peoples to become totally intolerable to us in the church?
When did it become OK for us to be OK with unreached people dying without hearing about Christ and spending eternity in Hell?
• 2 billion unreached
• 90% of unreached live in Gospel resistant areas
• 495,000 villages in India have no Christian presence
The 10/40 Window is the rectangular area of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia approximately between 10 degrees and 40 degrees north latitude. This area is home to some of the largest unreached people groups in the world, including those in Turkey.
Today (Sunday) has been declared as the Day for the Unreached. As part of the focus today in churches and mission organizations around the world, a “Manifesto for the Unreached” was put together. I want to read part of it.
• Unengaged and Unreached People. We refuse to stand idly by as people enter eternity without Christ when we can share the good news that transforms them through any means possible (Acts 5:40-42).
• Declaration. We will shout from every peak, pinnacle and rooftop that the only hope for this dying world is a relationship with Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).
• Summary. As long as God provides His abundant grace, we will not stop or be deterred from this calling. We work relentlessly for the day when a gaze around the expanse of heaven reveals thousands worshipping at Jesus’ feet because of the mission He gave us for this moment in eternity (Revelation 5:9-10).
I’d like to lead us in prayer.
• Repent and ask God to shake us out of our sleepy lethargy
• Pray that God would give us a heart for our neighbors and the nations
• Pray for God to soften hearts to the truth of the gospel
• Ask God to raise up believers to go and reach these groups
• Pray for multiplying churches to be launched
It’s easy to get discouraged when we look at the unfinished task and the hard hearts of so many people in our neighborhoods and in the nations. Our passage of Scripture today is designed to help us see that God is on the move…and it’s our joy to join Him. I was helped by some insight from the brand new Gospel Transformation Bible’s commentary on the parables we’ll be looking at today: