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"About 50% of the world’s population still does not even know who Jesus Christ is. China, with 1.2 billion people, has only a limited gospel witness. Approximately 75% of the world’s population does not have a clear understanding of the gospel." (Perhaps we would put that number higher)
"So what is that to us?", you might say. "God calls who He wants to call and He will always find a way". Well that's OK then. Of course, if it has taken 2,000 years to reach half the world, it may take another 2000 years to reach everyone and how much do we take to heart the scripture: [Mat 24:14 NASB] 14 "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come." ?
We console ourselves by saying "It isn't meant literally" or "God has set a day" and life goes on. But perhaps a comparison is in order: Brand "A" (Christianity): time in the marketplace - 2000 years; Brand "X" - 130 years.
Brand "A" "employees" over 2.2 billion, Brand "X", 146,000.
Brand "A" brand awareness 49%; brand "X", 96%.
You will not be surprised that Brand "X" is Coca Cola. So 96% of the world's population know about a fizzy drink that can give you momentary refreshment but only 49% have heard anything about the Living Water.
Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” (John 4:10)
So what can we do? Take a quick test: how much of your ecclesial activity is outward-facing and how much is inward (both are needed)? Put another way, "How much light from your lightstand is escaping from under the bushel?"
Now private witnessing has its place, but look at the scriptural examples: Jesus sent the disciples out two by two; Paul, Peter and the others always travelled in groups. Preaching should be an ecclesial activity. Being with a brother or sister gives you the courage to say things you might never say on your own - even the courage just to talk to a stranger! A brother or sister will remember that verse you can't quite bring to mind. A brother or sister will pick you up when you are knocked back.
Some in the world are concerned about immigration, but what a wonderful opportunity it presents for us to preach to people who may never have heard the Gospel in their own country?
Who's up for the challenge?
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