How should our mission be influenced by the creep of hopelessness into the hearts of people who live in unreached Buddhist cultures?
He has planted eternity in the human heart… (Vs. 11a)
Every unreached person in a Buddhist culture has a grasp of the concept of eternity. They can image “forever.” How is this be a building block for the gospel?
Even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. (Vs 11b)
Understanding the concept of eternity and embracing God’s invitation to eternal life are not the same. As a group come up with 7 truths that summarize the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end so that a person in an unreached Buddhist culture could hear the gospel.
We believe that God called us here because there is a great need here. People have not met a true believer in Jesus Christ.
Sometimes the call of God is made clear through the need of the people. It does not come from a mystical experience or cross cultural expertise or Biblical training. It is not necessary to have a degree in Intercultural studies or to have attended a Bible college to hear the call of God. How should this change our view on missions to the unreached in Buddhist cultures?
We need other people to come who have different personalities, different background and nationalities.
Teams are the key to bringing the gospel unreached peoples. Teams that are unified in focus but varied in just about everything else. How does this change your perspective about missions to unreached in Buddhist cultures?
I have fallen in love with the people. It has been a fantastic journey.
According to this statement, which comes first, falling in love or going? What does the term “journey” say about how it occurs?
Through just being real people who love Jesus, God will do amazing miracles.
How does this destroy the myth that only linguistic experts and cross cultural specialists can be used to bring the gospel to unreached in Buddhist cultures? What does this say about the roles of God and man?
God works through every challenge, weather, sickness, fatigue, langue acquisition.
What does this say about missions to the unreached in Buddhist cultures?
Read and discuss how this should shape our involvement to the unreached in Buddhist cultures.
Seven Jobs You Haven’t Heard Of. There’s a widely accepted myth in the world of mission that needs to be busted. It is this…all missionaries are preachers. The truth is that Pioneers use anything and everything that allows them to share the Good News. After all, Paul was a tentmaker. And if you think that was outside the box, you should see what today’s missionaries do to introduce people to Jesus:
Farming. Yes, you read that right! Combine a business background with a passion for good produce, and you get a perfect platform for mission. Coffee, fruit, chickens…you name it.
Performing arts.Tucked away in one corner of the world is a creative community of God's people who make Jesus known through life and worship, music and art. “I see unlimited potential,” writes one worker. “Music, film-making, poetry, dance, storytelling, drama, painting, crafts, etc. can be used to live in relationship, communicate truth, and express worship.”
Tourism adventures.Snorkeling, rock climbing, diving, trekking, surfing and visits to waterfalls. Running a tourism adventure company lets these workers build and develop relationships with their local employees.
Trades. People who use their hands to build and fix things are in high demand! These workers use their skills to teach sustainable and affordable building techniques and help implement culturally appropriate technologies on a community level. In doing so, they are able to share the love of God in practical ways.
Being a family. This might sound strange, but in many places around the world—particularly countries where families are torn apart, kids are orphaned, fathers are killed by war—a Christian family that honors God can demonstrate in word and deed what it means to follow Jesus.
Business. Can you imagine the opportunities to bring glory to God through running an internet café, a bakery, a restaurant or a consulting company? On a business level, meaningful engagement with local customers could bring new life. Ingenious!
Media.You only need to spend a few minutes on CommNetMedia.com before you see the way film, photos, graphic design and stories bring glory to God. What is CommNet, you ask? CommNet is a team of creatives who use their skills to capture and share stories of God at work across the globe—advocating for the unreached.
One Pioneer living overseas writes, “I get to do what I enjoy doing everyday. Sometimes I feel like a fraud, because I don’t fit the old missionary mold.” But God created us to have talents and desires in order to reflect the different parts of His image. And His message never changes: Jesus loves the whole world. The means by which that message is delivered is up for grabs. How will you use your unique gifts and interests to share?
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