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24) WWDJD

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Here’s the 24th edition of MoreDisciples.com, the podcast. Welcome. In this edition, we interview a specialist in Disciple Making Movement (DMM) principles AND we process that intro through the lense of “What do we DO about it?” And, in particular, we ask, “What would a DJ Do? (WWDJD) To learn more, just have a listen to this podcast — or take a look at this PDF handout about the case study. Thanks for being a part!

 


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Discipleship Through the Eyes of Youth: Day 29

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Eyes to see where the kingdom isn’t. I first learned about unreached people groups a few years ago when I took the Kairos Course through my church. Before then I had no idea that there were so many people groups out there with no chance, no way for them to hear the gospel. It breaks my heart to know everyday people die without ever hearing the name of Jesus. I think it’s important for all believers to learn about the UPG’s and just gain a picture of what the world looks like in terms of lost vs. reached. The good news is we don’t have to sit here helpless. We can help the expansion of the gospel and take part in the Great Commission no matter where we live. We can Pray for unreached people groups. My favorite resources to pray for the unreached are www.joshuaproject.net and the book Operation World. You can also pray for the missionaries you know or that your church supports, for the work they are doing, and for the people groups they will be reaching out to. You can also pray for your friends and family and that they will catch a vision of the world and gain hearts for the unreached as well. We can help educate others about the unreached and ask them to join us in prayer.

We can also support the missionaries that are going to the unreached. We can support them through giving but we can also support them emotionally by doing things like sending them cards or Christmas packages. One of my favorite things to do is make art so I like to paint little pieces of art to send to the missionaries my church supports whenever they are putting together packages. Ask your church about the missionaries you support and how you can encourage them and pray for them specifically.

We can also share the Good News with those around us. Something I’m guilty of is assuming that people already know about Christ but instead we should assume that people don’t. If you share the gospel and they’ve already heard then either A. They are open to the gospel and you can open up spiritual conversations or B. They tell you they’ve already heard and don’t want to hear again and you respectfully know that you tried. But if just assume they know and don’t share then either A. you were right or B. you were wrong and they could die without ever having encountered the gospel. The stakes are too high for us to just assume that people already know.

Also, we can be welcomers wherever we are at. With travel being so easily accessed people are moving and dispersing like crazy. Sometimes the UPG’s come to us. Look for international students to invite into your home for dinner, refugees, new immigrants, or foreign exchange students to connect with. The world becomes so much bigger than our small circles whenever we open up our eyes and doors to those around us.
Today I spent my prayer time praying for some missionaries that my church supports and the people groups that they are working with. These missionaries have an e-mail list that gives me daily prayer requests for them so I went through some of them from the past week and just spent time praying over that community.

Day 29 – Being a Bridge

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There are six streets in our Fairway Farms subdivision.  The lots are not large, most are not even a 1/4 acre; so in less than a quarter mile square, there are 190 homes.  As I’ve mentioned, it’s a beautifully manicured neighborhood, with neighbors who take pride in their homes.  If I am praying, “Lord, may your kingdom come, and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven;” then, what is my thought process toward my neighborhood.  Hasn’t God providentially placed us within this neighborhood to be a kingdom bridge.  The glaring question ought not be, “Does this home cheer for MSU or UofM?”  The glaring question must be, “Does this home know Jesus as Lord?”  And, “What can I doing to facilitate their encounter with Christ?”  Did you see the bridge within these last two questions?  “Lord, give me eyes to see where the kingdom isn’t; and a heart that’s willing to make a difference.”

Day 29:Go tell it…

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I didn’t learn about unreached people groups until 5 years ago when I took a missions class called perspectives.  That class totally changed my view of the world and even gave me a different perspective where I was at.  We are ALL called to go and be missionaries.  We need to hurt for those who don’t know Jesus but our heart should especially break for those who don’t ever have the chance of hearing.  The 10/40 window is where ⅔ of the worlds population is and where 70% of the unreached people groups are.  My heart still breaks for that area and I am trying to do my part right here about educating people about that.  Curtis also said an interesting thing “God has favorites and they are the last, the least, and the lost.”  I know in Christianity we don’t like to talk about God having favorites.  But God’s kingdom is an upside down kingdom.  It doesn’t make sense from the world’s perspective.  

 

Did you know out of every $100 given to the North American Church only $1 goes toward missions in the 10/40 window.  Does where our money goes as a church reflect God’s heart?  Did you know that only 1 out of every 10 missionaries go to unreached people groups?  I am not saying missions in reached areas is bad.  I just am saying if we understood that most people in these groups would be born, live, and die without ever hearing of Jesus our hearts should break.  What if it was a relative or family member of yours?  We are talking about eternity here.  Too many times we are so busy worrying about our small kingdom that we don’t see God’s Kingdom.
Even if you are not going to the mission field position yourself as a missionary here, like Curtis talked about.  Where are the non-christians?  Where can you bridge the gap?  Where are the hurting?

Discipleship Life Is Busy: Day 29

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Day 29: Unreached Peoples.  Where I live, I pretty much assume that everyone has had the opportunity to hear about Christ.  I am finding more and more that this is not necessarily the case, but there are definitely opportunities for most Americans to hear the gospel at least once.  It is insane to me that there continue to be whole people groups who have never even had the opportunity to hear about a God who loves them and wants a relationship with them.

There was once a time that my husband and I were planning to head overseas to spread the gospel of Christ with an unreached people group.  Then some unexpected things happened which have required us to stay here for at least a while.  It is sometimes hard to feel like you have a place in reaching unreached people groups when you can’t go be with them teaching them about the gospel and showing them the love of Christ, but there is SO much that we can do.  We can start with prayer.  Every great Christian movement was first covered in prayer.  I think sometimes we underestimate the power of prayer because we don’t have the faith that God will actually listen to us or come through for us, but prayer is SO powerful.  A great way to start this is through using an app that was recommended to me called JP Unreached.  It is the Joshua Project in app form.  It gives you an “unreached people group of the day” and a little bit of information about that people group so that you can somewhat more specifically pray for an unreached group of people in the world.  Another thing we can do is give.  There are many missionaries that you can support that are sharing the gospel to unreached people groups.  They need funding to be able to continue the work that they are doing.  We can also encourage.  I once had a friend spend a summer in Russia working with a local church there.  When she came home she talked about how hard it was to feel disconnected from people at home.  She said people wrote for the first few weeks, but then seemed to forget about her.  IF it is safe for you to send mail, an email, or connect with them on social media, take some time to write a missionary an encouraging note to let them know you are praying for the work they are doing.  Lastly, we can go.  We all have a place to be spreading the gospel.  For you, it might not mean an unreached people group, but it could mean an unreached person.  You might go to another country and share the love of Christ in a location not your own.  Or you might stay where you are; in many areas, especially around college campuses, there are members of unreached people groups right at your back door.  You just have to open your eyes to where the gospel isn’t.

Love like Hell Loves

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Where I grew up (in rural southern Indiana), when the ambulance siren is heard coming from Seymour or Brownstown, we all would begin to wonder, “Who needs the ambulance?” It was a really big deal. We were a small town. Everybody would come out by the fence to see the flashing lights and try to track where they were headed. An emergency was a huge deal. Now, in the big cities where many of us live, ambulances chase by night and day and we never pay attention. They’ve become part of the background noise of life.

Could it be that THAT is part of the reason why many of us aren’t as involved in making more disciples? … because we let distractions and the busy pace of life choke out the feeling that we’re living in the midst of an emergency. But the Bible is clear. Hell is real. Punishment is real. Death is real. Listen as Curtis Sergeant encourages us to “love like Hell loves.”