Finishing the Task
March 19, 2006
INTRODUCTION: C.S. Lewis quote from The Great Divorce:
"There have been men before now who got so interested in proving the existence of God, that they came to care nothing for God Himself...as if the good Lord had nothing to do but exist! There have been some so preoccupied in spreading Christianity that they never give a second thought to Christ. Man! You see it in smaller matters. Did you never know an author of books, who with all his first editions and signed copies had lost the power to read them? Or an organizer of charities who lost all love for the poor? It is the subtlest of all snares. Every poet, speaker, musician, and artist is drawn away but for the Grace of God, from the love of the thing he tells, to the way he tells it, until deep in the depths of hell, he cannot be interested in God at all but in only what he says about Him. And he sinks lower and lower until he gets interested in his own personality and nothing but his own reputation."
We, as a church, are taking on the awesome responsibility of finishing the task of taking the Gospel to every un-reached people group in the world. With 1.6 billion people never having the opportunity to hear the Gospel, we are beginning today with God's call and help to make disciples in 5 major people groups of the world. There are presently 650 un-engaged, un-reached people groups in the world, with over 100,000 people in each group (UUPG).
Today, we begin with the Kurds. There are between 35-40 million people who "have no friends but the mountains." These precious people live in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Armenia. They are not only un-reached, but are also a people the world has persecuted and left alone. Our prayer today is that never again will the Kurds be able to say they have no friends.
How does our text before us today relate to the challenge of reaching the Kurds, formerly of Kurdistan?
I. PERSONAL CONV ...
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