Read Acts 20:21–25. 1. This is a multi-part study on this passage
- “My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God” (verse 24).
Complete this sentence for yourself: “My Christian life is worth nothing to me unless I...”
- Regarding global missions to unreached peoples, author John Piper writes, “Risk is right, It is better to lose your life than waste it."
Do you agree or disagree? Explain.
Watch Rob Climbs a Holy Mountain (7:35)
- What might be the impact of getting alone with God, removing your shoes, and asking Him to speak to you about unreached Muslims, especially those in Central Asia?
Try this at home this week and share the results with the group next week.
- "It was really easy to connect with them (locals). That says a lot about future workers in the region. It's not so hard as we might think."
Does this change your image of ministry to unreached Mulsims? Explain.
- Another worker in the region started an agricultural business selling chicken feed. He also runs a discipleship program [with employees] and helps them get on their feet financially."
Based on the skills and talents of those in your group, what type of business could you begin?
- “To be continued...”
Do you see yourself continuing this story? Explain.
Watch East Islands Launch Team (2:55)
- "We would like to invite you to come launch with us."
What does it sound like to hear God's voice in this invitation?
Watch The Time Is Now (1:44)
- Why is now the time to get involved in bringing the gospel to unreached Muslims?
All excerpts are from Miraculous Movements by Jerry Trousdale.
- “If you want to touch a Muslim’s heart for the gospel, you have to be a genuine friend. You need to ask God to give you honest concern for them, not see Muslims as trophy conversions, but as people whom God loves and whom you can love as well” (p. 85).
Why is genuine friendship so important when trying to share the gospel with unreached Muslims?
- “People of peace are God’s pre-positioned agents to bridge the gospel to their family, their friends, or their workplace. This element of Jesus’ strategy for engaging lost-ness is perhaps one of the most significant principles, and also one of the most neglected principles, for entering unreached people groups” (p. 90).
Imagine your mission team is in a city inhabited by tens of thousands of unreached Muslims. How would you go about discovering people of peace; how would you find those disillusioned with Islam and curious about the Bible?
- “Making disciples is very different from making converts. Disciple-making requires time and relationship. Disciple- making does not typically depend on formulas of salvation or on strangers leading strangers in a quick decision regarding personal destiny. Disciple-makers are prepared to invest weeks, months, and maybe years developing genuine friendships, facilitating someone’s discovery of and obedience to God’s story from creation to Christ, and eventually giving Jesus his life allegiance” (p. 180).
How does this differ from how many Christians view disciple-making? Explain.
Is it permissible to say you’re in a disciple-making relationship with someone who is not yet a Christian? Explain.
Read any Global Starting Point
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 have learned in this meeting, and let it guide your prayer as you pray together as a group.