In this post I am focusing in on the potential of the Gospel’s movement among an unreached people group in a frontier missions setting.
Instead of giving answers, I want to start by asking a few questions to those who are working to see the Gospel advance in their nation.
Below are my questions for both nationals and ex-pats working to see the Gospel advance in Thailand and beyond…
>> Firstly and most importantly, do we personally have a lifestyle of passion, compassion, and prayer?
- Do we deeply feel the reality of how many still haven’t heard the Gospel?
- Do we empathize what it must be like to grow up under the majority “religion?”
- Do we understand that, “God does through prayer would have otherwise not have happened, had we not prayed?”
>> Are we engaged in regular outreach that involves sharing our own story with others, even strangers? If no, why not?
>> Do we believe in the power of God for healing, deliverance, and signs, miracles, & wonders or do we believe that those days are past us?
>> Are we free from our denomination’s, mission’s, or church’s expectation that we plant their “brands” rather than “Kingdom” within the culture?
>> Do we have enough time and energy to sustain a new work or have we eaten up any “pioneering” margin by “maintenance” projects?
>> Is it our goal to see Gospel multiplication or movements happen in our nation?
>> Are we willing to strip out anything that is not reproducible or potentially a stumbling block to the “core”of our country?
>> Are we really open to God using women, the poor, uneducated, and non-seminary trained leaders to lead in the ministries we plant?
>> Are we willing to facilitate rather than lead out, or if necessary to “father” but not control?
>> Are we willing to find “persons of peace” (Luke 10 & Matt 10) & work with them in their own context rather than extract them out?
>> Can we embrace broader perspectives and approaches that we may not have had exposure to before if it serves to hasten breakthrough?
>> Are we willing to allow the choice for new believers to remain in their socio-religious identities as followers of Christ?
>> Are we willing to help new believers think through the issues by going first to Scripture itself to “self-theologize” without feeling compelled to give them all of the answers?
>> Can we “model, assist, watch, & leave” without abandoning new groups and leaders?
>> Can we be ready to move on to new places and do it all again where “Christ has not yet been known.?”
These are the questions I have had to ask myself. I hope that they will help spark some conversation and answers in your own life and work.
If you are working among an unreached people group, I would love to hear your thoughts. Sound off in the comments section.