Read Matthew 28:16–20. (Part 2 of 3)
- “Therefore go” Vs. 19
As a group, list five benefits of going on a short-term mission trip to unreached peoples.
- “and make disciples” Vs. 19
How does one make disciples, who make disciples?
- “of all nations” Vs. 19
The term nations (ethne) does not refer to countries but people groups. Should unreached people groups be a mission priority? Explain.
Watch The State of the World (4:36)
Watch Lost (5:22)
- “Only 3 percent of the total missionary force serves among those who have no access to the gospel, the unreached. Only 1 percent of mission’s money goes to unreached peoples.”
Why do you think this imbalance exists?
- “Two billion people are still waiting for access to the good news of Jesus Christ.”
Is this headline news to your heart? Explain.
Watch Lost (5:22)
- “The missionary question is not, where are there unbelievers? and then send a missionary there. There are unbelievers everywhere! The missionary question is, where are there peoples who don’t have any Christians in them? That’s the missionary question” (John Piper).
Should this influence our mission strategy? Explain.
- “What’s the purpose of God for the nations? God’s purpose is that He be praised. Oh, that we could get a heavenly mindedness about the world so that we could see it as God sees it. Lives are a vapor, eternity is long, heaven is ecstatic with joy, hell is horrific with pain. These are the great realities” (John Piper).
Are these the great realities of your heart? Are these the great realities of the Church? Explain.
All excerpts are from The Abrahamic Revolution, by Todd Ahrend
- “The phrase ‘make disciples of all ethne (peoples) does not let us off the hook once we have a church in every country—God wants a strong church within every people [group]!” (locations 1276–78).
Explain the difference between countries and people groups. If you’re not sure, read Global Starting Point 2.
- “Dr. [Ralph] Winter reached up and pulled the unseen rope called unreached peoples that rang a bell which reverberates to this day’” (location 1322–23).
Do you hear it ringing? Explain.
- “One of my modern-day heroes is a surfer from California named Brad Buser. Challenged by his youth minister to give his life for world evangelization, Brad turned his back on professional surfing and headed to the tribal world. He was eighteen when he left to spend twenty years with the Iteri tribe in Papua New Guinea, translating the Bible into their language and planting a church. While home on a two-year furlough, the neighboring tribe began to write letters to him. Here is a portion of one:
‘What’s going on? Where is our help? Have you forgot about us? We of Sinou haven’t forgot about wanting a missionary, we carry a huge heavy constantly about this. We carry this heavy because we fear for our lives. We know the paipel [Bible] says you should come and tell us. Us dark ones need it. How will we go to God’s place if not? Only those who know will go, how will we know if no one teaches us? That’s my worry, we want a missionary now to give us God’s talk’” (locations 1536–39).
Should this influence our participation in bringing the gospel to unreached tribes? Explain.
This is among many letters written by unreached tribal peoples pleading for missionaries. See Pod 2 meeting 5 for more letters.
Become SOGY. Support others by forming a World Team or go yourself by contacting a mission agency. Describe your journey of becoming SOGY.
Reflect on what you learned in this meeting. As a group, pray about those things.
Watch His Praise Goes On (7:43)