Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Encouragement: Jesus is Winning!

As we reach the mid-point of 2017 what is God saying to us?
There is an overall sense that change is speeding up in all areas of life across the globe, and in ways that are unprecedented. I am convinced that we must look at all of these things from the broader view of what God is doing across the earth, constantly encouraging ourselves of the rapid advance of the kingdom into the final unreached places of the world.
In 1974, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association convened a global gathering in Lausanne, Switzerland. The discussion was the Great Commission. Eighty countries of the 240 in the world sent delegates, which was a great achievement at that time. Ralph Winter stood up at the conference and talked about "unreached people groups." It was a new concept to almost everyone.
Today, just 44 years later we are able to interact with Christian leaders from every country of the world. We have been able to find all of the unengaged, unreached people groups. We know the following about each one:

·    Is the scripture available?
·    Is there a Christian witness?
·    Is there any growing church movement?
·    Is there gospel content available in audio or video formats?
·    Are there full or part-time Christian workers?
·    The primary languages they speak?
·    Religious background?
·    Geographic location?
Together, we are rapidly moving towards engaging every people group on earth!
Let's remind ourselves that we are in the midst of the greatest mission's thrust in church history! There are more believers today than there has ever been, the Bible is available in more languages than ever before. There are moves of God in not only every country of the world, but soon every state and province. In some countries, kingdom movements are down to the city level, even every neighborhood.
You and I have a key role to play in this extraordinary time in church history. We are on the front edge of this global Great Commission advance. In the midst of our busy daily lives, we need to see the bigger picture, "Jesus is winning!"
Your friend and co-worker,

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