An evangelical pastor recently declared that global missionary work by many pastors and church leaders has been “tragically neglected.” While local missions and ministry are totally necessary evangelism abroad is necessary also. Pastors who believe that God is sovereign over all things will lead Christians to die for the sake of all peoples,” no matter what.
The gathering together for the Gospel conference recently reveals that in Northern part of Yemen in the Arabian Peninsula has approximately eight million people. Do you know how many believers there are out of eight million people? They estimate 20 or 30. That’s a problem. There are more believers in a Sunday School class in most of our churches today than all of Northern Yemen.” Consider this today!
Worldwide, there are 2 billion people in 6,000 people groups that are lost and do not have access to the Gospel. They are the unreached. Just pause for a moment and contemplate the state of the unreached in the world, people who exist … apart from Christ, this is the challenged. “There are over 2 billion people in the world at this moment whose knowledge of God is only sufficient to damn them to hell forever. They’ve never heard that there is a Redeemer.
What about the innocent people’s group in Africa, Asia, Middle East and elsewhere who has never heard the Gospel? He goes to heaven … the only problem is he does not exist … There are no innocent unreached people in the world. Every unreached person in the world stands guilty before God. That’s why they need Christ.”
Speaking on “Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death-Defying Missions,” the Speaker Platt reminded thousands of ministers that God does not need them to spread the Gospel.
“The reality is every one of us, every one of our churches … could drop dead and turn to dust and God will still make a great name for Himself among the nations,” he emphasized. “God involves us in His mission not because He needs us but because He loves us and in His mercy He has invited us to be involved in His sovereign design for the spread of the Gospel to the ends of the earth.”
Four practical implications for pastors who seek to oversee “death-defying missions” to reach those overseas. Pastors and church leaders should lead their churches to pray confidently for the spread of the Gospel to all, to give sacrificially, to go intentionally to all peoples, and to die willingly for the spread of the Gospel to all peoples. Pastors have the privilege and the responsibility to lead the way in global missions today. I wish and love you will be one of those few.
The sovereign command of Christ is for you and me to make disciples of every people group on the planet. That’s the point of the atonement. Let’s us not Underestimate the power of the Gospel. It’s GOODNEWS FOR ALL.