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What If? I Could Make A Difference for the Unreached

What If? I Could Make A Difference for the Unreached

Jan 14, 2018

Preacher: John Welborn

Series: What If?

Detail:

January 14, 2018
Pastor John Welborn
What If?
I Could Make A Difference for the Unreached
Romans 10:13-15
 
“Go therefore & make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father & of the Son & of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20
 
“After this I looked, & behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes & peoples & languages, standing before the throne & before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, & crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, & to the Lamb!’”
Revelation 7:9-10
 
“A People Group is an ethno-linguistic group with a common self-identity that is shared by the various members.”
IMB Global Research
 
Scholars have identified 11,744 distinct people groups & divided them:
Reached People Groups: 1,532 people groups, 2.7 Billion People Unreached People Groups: 7,040 people groups, 4.4 Billion People Unengaged People Groups: 172 people groups, 219 Million People
 
What Could I Possibly Do?
 
Deny It
Downplay It
Decry It
Determine to Help
 
I. Everyone Needs to Be Saved
“For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?”
Romans 10:13-14a
 
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 3:23
 
“We care much about earthy suffering, but we care most about eternal
suffering.”
John Piper
 
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16
 
“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Rom 10:13
 
• Someone gets SAVED when they CALL on Jesus
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, & the truth, & the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6
 
• Someone can truly CALL, once they have BELIEVED
“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord & believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Romans 10:9
 
• Someone can BELIEVE, once they have HEARD
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Acts 4:12
 
II. To Be Saved, the Lost Need Preachers
“And how are they to hear without someone preaching?”
Romans 10:14b
 
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes...”
Romans 1:16a
 
“Go into all the world & proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
Mark 16:15
 
III. I Make a Difference for The Unreached When I Send
“And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’”
Romans 10:15
 
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, & you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem & in all Judea & Samaria, & to the end of the earth.”
Acts 1:8
 
“When will the concept of unreached peoples become intolerable to the church? What will it take to wake us up to the dearth of the gospel among the peoples of the world? What will it take to stir our hearts & lives for men & women whose souls are plunging into damnation without ever even hearing of salvation? This cannot be conceivable for people who confess the gospel. For if this gospel is true, & if our God is worthy of the praise of all people, then we must spend our lives & mobilize our churches for the spread of Christ’s love to unreached people groups all around the world. Jesus has not given us a commission to consider: he has given us a command to obey.”
- David Platt
 
How can I make a difference for the Unreached?
• Personal Involvement
“As a follower of Jesus, I must either be sent or send others to the unreached people of the world!”
Pastor John Welborn
 
• Corporate Investment
“And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving & receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once & again.”
Philippians 4:15-16
 
“We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy & their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, & beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints – & this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord & then by the will of God to us.”
2 Corinthians 8:1-5
 
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:21
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:45
 
 
Sources and Further Reading Opportunities:
• Bible Exposition Commentary – Warren Wiersbe (1996)• Strong’s Concordance – James Strong (1890)• Tony Evans Book of Illustrations – Tony Evans (2009)• Swindoll’s Ultimate Book of Illustrations & Quotes – Charles Swindoll (1998) • Word Pictures in the New Testament – A.T. Robertson (1933)
• Romans 9-16: MacArthur New Testament Commentary – John MacArthur (1994) • Counter Culture – David Platt (2015)• New American Commentary: Romans – R.H. Mounce (1995)• PeopleGroups.org – IMB Research Website