Please forward this error screen to 64. Please forward this error screen to 64. Get The PDF Articles may be printed and distributed as learning to pray pdf as you like. In this issue of Mission Frontiers, we take a close look at the compelling problems with evangelizing and extracting people from their culture.
This issue addresses how progress can be seen through the careful fostering of indigenous movements that grow and spread within the culture itself. How does an individual become Christian? How does a people become Christian? I believe God can do anything! I know He can bring thousands of Tibetan people to Him. I am just not sure He will do that now. I am definitely not sure He will do it through me.
Will We Hinder or Accelerate Movements? All over the world Christian workers are employing mission methods that hinder the development of movements to Christ. Within a few months of landing in a North African city, we already had a group of men and women meeting in our home. The Person of Peace God’s Cultural Bridge to Movements When we look at mission fields, we quickly recognize both cultural and worldview barriers that stand between the gospel and the lost.
What we often do not recognize, however, is that the same is true in the Global North. 1,300 people groups who have never in the history of Christianity had any form of gospel witness. I was on pastoral staff at a church in rural upstate New York. These families had attended our church for a while, then left. Just how many more cows are there? I was walking on my favorite hiking trail in the Land Between The Lakes area of Western Kentucky, and I was having an intense time of prayer.
This has given me many hours to pause for reflection. 117 – Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist Followers of Jesus: How Should We Respond? 3 – 24:14, The Best Hope for Reaching All Peoples. Please forward this error screen to cp-37. Please forward this error screen to cp-37.
Download as a tri-fold brochure ready to be reproduced. Just print out the PDF file, photocopy it, and fold twice. Often this arises from a secret unbelief in regard to the likelihood, or possibility, of conversion and real religion in childhood and early youth. This has arrested and prevented prayer and effort for this great blessing.
The early conversion of all the children of the Church should be intensely desired and incessantly prayed for. Many who are converted only as adults suffer from evil habits developed in their youth. In addition, we should expect the conversion of the children of believers as much as, if not more than, others who attend the church and who are not yet believers. The same means of grace have been enjoyed and the exhortations and warnings of the gospel are as understandable to a child as to an adult. Let the little children to come to Me. Often children are not converted because parents leave their work to others.
Sunday school teachers are, no parent can be released from the obligation of striving by his own personal efforts to lead his children to Christ. We are commanded to bring our children up “in the fear and nurture of the Lord. In the case of the children of believers, parental training should be the first and usual means of their salvation. It is this last aspect which is the focus here. Their salvation is so great a prize that it is worth all the pains which your prayer to secure it for them may cost you. The fact that their souls are precious beyond all thought, that the loss of their souls would be inconceivably dreadful, that eternal life would be an infinite gain to them, and that your prayers may be instrumental in saving them, should stir you up to offer constant requests on their behalf.
Few will pray for them if you do not. When it is done, those who are prayed for are often those who are considered important in the Church’s or the world’s estimation. No one else can pray for them as you do. The genuine love you have for your children, the tenderness you feel for them and your knowledge of their make-up, needs and problems, qualify you to plead with God on their behalf with an urgency and earnestness which can take no refusal.
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him! Your omitting to do so will be perilous to them and to you. God notes our attempts to fulfill our parental obligations. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him , and His righteousness to children’s children, to such as keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them. Your children are surrounded by evil influences and they are fallen creatures.
They need to be protected by the power of God, and no less do they need to be inwardly restrained, enlightened, controlled, purified, and guided by the Holy Spirit. You will then find it easier to perform other parental duties on the performance of which God has conditioned their salvation. For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. It is a great work, and nothing can sustain you under the burden like praying for your children, believingly, earnestly and perseveringly. Prayer alone can call into exercise that divine power in their behalf, which is absolutely necessary in order that the prayers which you may employ for their salvation may not be used in vain.