If you have not already done so, read Read This First before beginning this POD.
- Unreached unreligious people groups are atheistic in nature and inhabit China, Mongolia, North Korea, and portions of Southeast Asia (Vietnam, etc.).
- “Is China a mission field or missionary force? The answer is both” —Todd Ahrend.
- Read John 17:18. Jesus was sent into the world to create the gospel; the outrageous news that God has forgiven our sins through the sacrifice of His Son. We are sent into the world to share the gospel Jesus created. His mission to us sets in motion our mission to others.
Describe where you are in the journey of being sent.
Watch Hope For Billions (4:00)
- “Imagine being changed by people you’ve never met, people across the world.”
Normally, we think missionaries change the people they go to. Here, it is reversed. Come up with five ways those who go might be changed by bringing the gospel to unreached peoples in East Asia.
- “Life is not just about ourselves. We’re a part of God’s greater purposes in this world.”
What are three of God’s greatest purposes in the world?
Rank them in terms of importance.
Excerpts from Hudson Taylor: Deep in the Heart of China, by Janet Benge.
- Hudson had begun reading the story in the booklet, and it had interested him so much that he’d forgotten all about his promise to read only the first half of the book. Before he knew it, he had read the Gospel part as well. As he read, a phrase seemed to jump out at him. ‘The finished work of Christ,’ the booklet said, and Hudson couldn’t seem to get that phrase out of his mind. He thought about it at great length. If it was a finished work, then there was nothing he could do but accept that finished work. And so, there in his hideaway in the old warehouse, Hudson Taylor invited Jesus Christ to come into his life” (locations 245–48). This describes the importance of being secure in your relationship with Christ before you help bring the gospel to the unreached.
What is the importance of working from the acceptance by Christ instead of for the acceptance of Christ?
What’s the danger of getting this wrong?
- Hudson explained that, “often money is the easiest thing to give. ‘I think a collection tends to leave the impression that the all-important thing is money, whereas no amount of money can convert a single soul. What is needed is men and women filled with the Holy Spirit to give themselves to the work. There will never be a shortage of funds for the support of such people,’ he said” (locations 1862–65).
Do you agree or disagree? Explain.
- “Although he may have left China, China had not left him” (location 1740).
Can a short-term mission trip develop a lasting burden for unreached peoples and workers in East Asia? Explain.
Support others or go yourself—describe your level of involvement. If your group has not done so already, read Read This First. This will help give direction to supporting others or going yourself
Reflect on what you learned in this meeting, and let it generate prayer as you pray together as a group.