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 (ethnè) does not refer to countries but people groups. What's the difference? Discuss and if necessary, look at Global Starting Points 2 and 3.
Watch Unreached People Group. (1:59)
- “We are not talking about people who are lost and don’t know the Lord. We are talking about people who are lost, don’t know the Lord, and there is no one who speaks their language who can tell them.”
How did this come about?
Watch The State of the World (4:36)
- “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 you? Explain.
All excerpts are from The Abrahamic Revolution, by Todd Ahrend
- “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).
Does this surprise you? Explain.
This is one of 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)