Partnering to Reach the Unreached

Matthew 28:18-20 shares the words of Jesus, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Jesus is our authority. He calls us to make disciples of all nations. Jesus did not die for merely one ethnic group, even though He was called King of the Jews. Jesus’ Lordship extends around the whole world. To make disciples of all nations is to make disciples of Jesus in all people groups and ethnicities. Listen to this truth from Revelation 5:9-10,

And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.

If God calls us to make disciples of all peoples and He promises He will be with us, then there should be no question that Christians should be about reaching the unreached with the gospel. This does not mean every Christian should move overseas but it does mean every Christian should be praying for those who have not heard and believed in the truth of God’s Word. Therefore, I would like to share with you a video about the Somali people, an unreached people group (of approx. 17 million). By watching this 9-minute video, you can help get the gospel to these people. The video is in the Somali language so while you will not be able to understand, still watch it. From the images you can see the story of salvation being shared.

See, by simply watching this video, you have increased the likelihood that Somali speakers will see it as they are strategically targeted with a Facebook ad.

Yes, by simply watching this 9-minute video in Somali you will increase the likelihood that Somali speakers will see it as they are strategically targeted with a Facebook ad. In addition to watching this, would you please share it with other people? Grace and peace be with you!

This post was inspired by a blog post at Radical, the Bible-teaching ministry of David Platt, president of the International Mission Board. To find out more how you can specifically pray for the Somali people, click here.

Follow Him in Love (Mark 12:28-34)

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[This is the fifth and final devotional in the series entitled “The Gospel in Action”.]

In following Christ, we have learned we need to deny ourselves and trust in Him with our lives. When we trust in Him, we will have faith in His kingdom that it will grow. Part of this growth involves serving one another, remembering all the work that Christ has done for us on the cross. In the midst of all this, we must not forget the central part of the equation: love. Love is the foundation. This love starts with loving the one true God (12:29-30). This is, indeed, the greatest commandment. Once we have taken hold and applied this commandment to our lives, it will permeate into love for others (12:31). We will love our neighbors. We will realize and follow through on the calling that we are to live like Christ by having a passion for God and compassion for others. That is prayerfully what we will be doing through this week and beyond. Loving God and drawing closer in relationship to Him, while at the same time caring for the people, showing them the love of Christ through relational intentionality, are pointing to the great spiritual needs that they need a Savior. Simply put, the gospel in action means to love. Hopefully this will be our hearts as God’s people. May we be reminded that it is all about Christ and His love for us. We can only do what we are doing because of His work in our lives. Praise be to God for this opportunity to grow deeper in relationship with Him and to serve others for the advancement of the gospel. May we be changed by the gospel and live with fervency and urgency in sharing the gospel!

Reflection Questions:

  • Why is love so central in the work of the gospel? How should that affect the way we go out spreading the gospel?
  • In understanding the two greatest commandments, how have you done in loving other people? What does this say about your love for God?

Preaching the Gospel (Romans 10:9-15)

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[This devotion is the second  in a 5-part series entitled “Gospel in Action”.]

There is a popular saying, “Preach the gospel and, if necessary, use words.” It is used often in talking about evangelism. The point is living your faith out is a witness to non-believers. However, while I certainly would commend one to live out their faith, this quote is mistaken and fails to grasp the truth of Romans 10.

“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!'” (vv. 14-15)

The gospel in action includes preaching the gospel. To preach the gospel, words must be spoken. If words are not spoken, then people will not hear the message. Without hearing the message, people will not know how to be saved. Yes, backing up your words with your life is important but speaking the gospel with words is essential. It is necessary to tell people the truth of the gospel. We may sometimes try to back out of trying to evangelize to others by using the excuse our lives our a witness themselves. The reality is we have to tell others about the gospel, explain to them the core of the gospel, and show them there is a response that is demanded. Without doing that, we are not faithfully preaching the gospel nor are we faithfully sharing it. Preach the gospel; and it is necessary to use words.

Reflection Questions:

  • Before reading this, what were your thoughts on “Preach the gospel and, if necessary, use words.”? How do you view it now?
  • How are ways you can begin to weave gospel conversations among your friends, coworkers, etc.?

Following Christ (Mark 1:14-20)

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[This devotion is the first  in a 5-part series entitled “Gospel in Action”.]

For the last three years, I have went on short-term mission trips to Haiti. It is while on these trips, I began to consider “Why?” What is the fundamental purpose of going on such trips? Is it just have “that experience”? Is it to simply help with physical needs? No, although helping physical needs is important, it cannot be the fundamental purpose for going. The primary purpose for going to Haiti, other countries, or even serving where we currently are is to help with a greater need, a spiritual one. We need to understand that our focus is the gospel. We need to share the gospel. We need to proclaim the gospel of God as revealed in Jesus Christ (1:14). Thus, we must get this good news, the gospel, right. It begins with a holy and perfect God. We have to show that we are people who have sinned against this God. Because of that, we deserve hell and eternal separation from Him. We cannot save ourselves because we will always fall short. However, God has provided a way. Jesus Christ, being fully God and fully man, came to this earth, lived a sinless life and succeeded where we failed, died on the cross as a substitute for our sins, and rose again so that we could enjoy eternal life with Him in relationship. And what this gospel does is that it demands a response. You can either accept or reject. Our response needs to be “repent and believe in the gospel” (1:15). We need to trust in Christ as our Lord and Savior. In turn, we will live the gospel out in our life. We will follow Christ. This following includes being “fishers of men” just as the first disciples were. The point here is in following Christ, there is a response. Once we have responded, we are called to share and teach the gospel, being disciples who make disciples who make disciples. That is what it means. Let us follow Christ!

Reflection Questions

  • In your own words, how would you go about sharing the gospel with someone? What would you say?
  • As disciples of Christ, we are to be “fishers of men”. This includes going out and spreading the good news. How will you go about doing where you currently are (work, neighborhood, etc.)?