RISK: Fulfilling the Great Commission, WHERE? Part 3

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If you missed the blogs from earlier this week, please go back and read them.  They all tie together.

III.  Ends of the Earth

 

    Matthew 28:18-20 is a commission to get the gospel, not to as many people as possible, but to as many people groups as possible.  We are to make disciples of all….ALL…the nations.  We are not just to make disciples of as many people as possible. We are not just to make disciples of our nation.  We are to make disciples of all the nations, literally all of the people groups.

There are roughly 6000 unreached people groups on earth totaling more than 2 billion people.  Unreached does not just mean unsaved.  There are unsaved people everywhere!   Unreached means that they have little to no access to the gospel.  For example, in northern Yemen there is a people group of 8 million people.  In that people group there are roughly 20-30 known believers.  We have more people in one Sunday school class in the church that I pastor than they have in their whole people group of 8 million people!  The population of Tennessee is just under 7 million people.  Could you imagine how this one Sunday school class would feel if they were the only believers in the whole state of Tennessee?  This is what it feels like to be one of the few believers in an unreached people group.  It is no wonder that a missionary to Yemen once said, “I have but one life to burn and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light.”  That same missionary died 6 months after arriving in Yemen.

There are roughly 1200 unreached, unengaged people groups.  An unengaged people group has no gospel witness.  They have no church, no preacher, and no missionary.  Someone once asked, “Does anyone deserve to hear the gospel twice, as long as there are those who have never heard it once?”  We are obligated to lay our lives down, our families down, and this church down and do whatever we need to do to get the gospel to the ends of the earth because that is what our king has commanded us to do!

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