Slogans to awaken the Church

Quotes about world evangelism that stir hearts and move people to action

7. Missions motivation: Getting the Gospel there in time

"The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time" -- Carl F. H. Henry, theologian

Good news if it gets there in time

The Good News. That's what we believers often call the Gospel. Indeed, the Gospel story is extraordinarily good news. However, Carl Henry, founding editor of Christianity Today, said something worth pondering. Can the Gospel can be called "good news" for those who pass into eternity without hearing it proclaimed or announced or explained?

More than seven billion people live on earth today. Joshua Project researchers say that more tha two billion of them have never heard anything about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and, at the moment, have virtually no way of ever hearing it. Phil Bogosian, director of Global Adopt-a-People program, has calculated how many people in unreached people groups die each day not having heard about Jesus Christ. He reflected on how our attention is captured by a news report of someone trapped in a well or a mine and how soon massive amounts of resources are mobilized for a rescue attempt. Then Bogosian asked: "What would we do about it if the 66,000 who die every day in unreached people groups were individuals trapped in a well?"

The answer to that question should be obvious. When a child is missing or someone has fallen into a well, every resource that can be found is immediately mobilized. Time is of the essence. People stay glued to news media for updates. Isn't there some relevance in that scenario to how the Church should be mobilizing for world evangelism? Shouldn't there be the same anxiousness and urgent insistence among Christians about getting the Good News to those who have yet to hear anything about it?

Researchers say there are about 5,000 culturally distinct people groups still unreached by the Gospel. It has also been calculated that the Church possesses the resources and manpower necessary to start church planting movements within every one of those unreached people groups. Why don't we mobilize those resources and do it? Let's get the Good News to everyone on time!

    -- Howard Culbertson

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