ST 21

CENTURY MISSION CHALLENGES

The World we live in
1. INCREASING GLOBAL INSTABILITY
“You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen. Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginnings of birth pangs”. Matt 24: 6-8

The world today

“The world is dangerous”
RISK- TERRORISM - INSECURITY
• Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq,

Turkey, Central Asia
• Christian martyrdom a reality • Greatest need - greatest risk

It is hard to follow Jesus

It is hard to follow Jesus -

The world today

“The world is flat”
GLOBALISATION
 Barriers have come down
 Global brands & commerce

 Anywhere reached in 27 hrs
 Prosperity - the dream of all

The world today ”The world is very unequal”

RICH vs POOR
How should we rich Christians live and what should we be doing with our resources?

The world today

“The world is very religious”
Of a world population of 6,908.000 (2010 4,600,000 follow other religions or no religion at all.

o 1.412,301,000 Muslims o 887,991,000 Hindus o 391,122,000 Buddhists

The World we live in

2. GLOBAL PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” Matt 24:14 “And the gospel must first be preached to all nations” Mark 13:10

Evangelical Growth 1960 -2010

West
800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 1960 1970 1980

Non-West

No in Millions

1990

2000

2010

20th Century Growth
Evangelical Growth In West non-West
116m 304m
108m 773m

and

59m 26m

1960

2000

2040

The challenges ofEvangelicals our 1960 generationPacific Americas Africa
Europe Asia 2000 Americas Africa

Europe Asia

Pacific

2050

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Changing Concept of the
‘Mission Field’

No Longer from “ Here to there”

Changing Concept of the

‘Mission Field’

But “ Everywhere to everywhere”

Discussion

If you had to make a list of the main challenges facing mission toady what would be on your list?

21ST CENTURY MISSION PRIORITIES 1. The Challenge of Islam

2. The Cities of the world
3. Re-evangelising Europe 4. Poverty & HIV/AIDS

The Challenge of Islam

The Challenge of Islam
Percent Muslim by Country

Percen t Mu slim
81 to 100 51 to 80 11 to 50 1 to 10 0 to 1
S ource: Y ear 2000 estimates from P atrick Johnstone, Operation W orld, 1993. Note: Western S ahara religion figures reflect Morocco religion totals. P roduced by Global Mapping International, 3/00. (719) 531-3599

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The Challenge of Islam

The Challenge of Islam
 One in five of the world’s people are Muslims  Muslims form the majority in about 40 countries  There are only 2-3 Christian Missionaries per

million Muslims

 Of

211 unreached peoples with populations of

more than 1 million, 123 are Muslim

The Challenge of Islam

MUSLIMS ARE BEING REACHED !

What about Islam in Europe?
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Doomsday Scenario of ‘EURABIA’

What about Islam in Europe?
Philip Jenkins:

 Wider Europe has around 24 million Muslims

 4.6% of the overall population
 Over 1/3 in old Balkan Muslim communities  Old member states of the EEC : 4.63%

 New member states: only 1.1%

21ST CENTURY MISSION PRIORITIES 1. The Challenge of Islam

2. The Cities of the world
3. Re-evangelising Europe 4. Poverty & HIV/AIDS

The Cities of the World
The Major trend of the 20th century URBANISATION
Over half the world’s population lived in cities.

Top 11 cities
CITY POPULATION

1. Tokyo 2. Dhaka (9) 3. Mumbai (Bombay) (5) 4. Sao Paulo (3) 5. Delhi (10) 6. Mexico City (2) 7. New York (4) 8. Jakarta (12)

27.1 million 22.7 22.5 21.2 20.8 20.4 17.9 17.8

9. Calcutta (7)
10. Karachi (16) 11. Lagos

16.7
16.1 15.9

The Problems of Cities
o High population concentration

o Largely uncontrolled expansion
o High traffic levels

o High industrial production
o Ecological strain and overload

o Insufficient housing provision
o Severe defects in infrastructure

Reaching the cities

Rawalpindi -Pakistan

21ST CENTURY MISSION PRIORITIES 21ST CENTURY MISSION PRIORITIES 1. The Challenge of Islam
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2. The Cities of the world
3. Re-evangelising Europe 4. Poverty & HIV/AIDS

Re-evangelising Europe

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Strong economies

Re-evangelising Europe

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Long Christian tradition

Re-evangelising Europe

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Knowledge of the Bible is minimal

Re-evangelising Europe

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Sophisticated and fast

Re-evangelising Europe

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Lives full of things – but empty of God

Re-evangelising Europe
Western Society as a mission field:
“Perhaps the most challenging mission field yet,
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because no one has had to evangelise on a large scale a society that used to be Christian.”
Tim Kellar

Re-evangelising Europe

How do we reach secular Europeans?
 Concepts of God, truth and the reliability of the
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bible have gone  Inoculated against the gospel through contact with - mild, nominal Christianity, - or separatist, legalistic Christianity

 NEEDED:-

FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST WHO NOT ONLY PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL BUT LIVE AS AUTHENTIC DISCIPLES - 24/7

Re-evangelising Europe
o A genuine model to support the message

o Good apologetics

o Methods that are appropriate
o ‘First class ministries of mercy’ o Mission to migrants o Reaching out in an urban environment

21ST CENTURY MISSION PRIORITIES 1. The Challenge of Islam

2. The Cities of the world
3. Re-evangelising Europe 4. Poverty & HIV/AIDS

Poverty & HIV/AIDS
Poverty is alive and well
‘Extreme poverty means living on less than US$ 1 per day. Moderate poverty - $2 a day’.

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2.7 billion - 42% below $2 /day
1 billion – 20%

below $1/day

Poverty & HIV/AIDS

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Women and children are most vulnerable

Poverty & HIV/AIDS

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Poor children are exploited

Poverty & HIV/AIDS

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Poor children have no voice

Poverty & HIV/AIDS
Some of poverty’s consequences:
 18 million Poverty-related deaths/ year
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 11 million children die/year under 5
 800 million people go to bed hungry every night  The ‘Poverty Cycle’ traps the poor

Poverty & HIV/AIDS Our response to Poverty
 Examine biblical teaching –

- the bible says a lot about poverty
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 Examine our own consumption –

adequate living – generous giving
 Not just an emotional –

but a considered response  Not just a quick fixbut a steady investment

Poverty & HIV/AIDS
GLOBAL SUMMARY OF HIV/AIDS 2009 Total living with HIV/AIDS: 33.3 Million New infections with HIV /year: 2.6 Million

Our Response
OPEN DOORS
• The world is more open than ever before • Going through these doors in the right way • Finding the best role for the expatriate

Tentmakers Teachers

Specialist skills

Our Response
• The Task never changes though the means may • Making converts or making disciples • Teaching and training leaders • Handing over or holding on • Teaching dependence on God NOT on us

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