The Move to Three Services and a Milieu for Missions
David Jaeger, missionary to Liberia, has done as much as anybody to keep me thinking about Bethlehem and missions. In his most recent letter he described the Malinke, a people group in Guinea numbering 750,000 with five known Christians, no church and no missionaries working among them. In the typical Jaeger way, he closed his letter with these words, “How do you account for this?”
That is what I have been thinking about for two weeks.
How is it that after 2,000 years the church of Jesus Christ, standing under the perpetual command to make disciples of all nations, has not reached this people? Think of it! Two thousand years!!! Is it lack of money? Ha! Is it lack of transportation? Education?
No. I can only think of one answer. Disobedience.
Ah, yes, that's easy. But whose? I'm not there. You're not there. We all think that the Great Commission applies to someone else (at least the “going” part). But if, after 2,000 years a whole people group in Guinea is unevangelized, them someone must not have gone who should have gone.
Why didn't they (we?) go? One answer is that the churches have not created the milieu in which the general commission can become a specific and personal necessity. What kind of church will cause that to happen?
Whatever it is, I want to see it happen as we go to three Sunday morning services beginning this Sunday. Let's pray for triple harvesters, not just triple services.
See you Sunday at 8:15, 9:45, 11:15,
©2015 Desiring God Foundation. Used by Permission.
Share the Joy!: You are permitted and encouraged to reproduce and distribute this material in physical form, in its entirety or in unaltered excerpts, as long as you do not charge a fee. For posting online, please use only unaltered excerpts (not the content in its entirety) and provide a hyperlink to this page. For videos, please embed from the original source. Any exceptions to the above must be approved by Desiring God.
Please include the following statement on any distributed copy: By John Piper. ©2015 Desiring God Foundation. Website: desiringGod.org