The State of the Gospel

Operation World has posted an informative update regarding the remaining task of reaching the unreached with the Gospel. The presentation was given by Jason Mandryk of OW at the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering 2006 in Malaysia (Power Point Presentation or Audio).

Here is a chart Jason used in his presentation that highlights where the majority of the unevangelized currently live.

    Unevangelized Population
    (in millions)

    1 India 344,000,000

    2 China 262,000,000

    3 Pakistan 144,000,000

    4 Indonesia 68,600,000

    5 Iran 48,700,000

    6 Thailand 34,100,00

    7 Algeria 32,900,000

    8 Morocco 30,900,000

    9 Bangladesh 30,000,000

    10 Afghanistan 26,000,000

Based on this chart alone, 1,021,200,000 have yet to hear the Good News that Christ justifies the ungodly!

God has ordained that the gospel be proclaimed in order to gather His children from among all the nations.

    “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come,” (Matthew 24:14).

    “13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ,” (Romans 10:13-17).

1,021,200,000 have yet to hear the Good News that Christ justifies the ungodly!

God is seeking to redeem a people for His Name (Acts 15:14). Christ was slain in order to purchase a people from every tribe and language and people and nation.

    “9 Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, 10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth,” (Revelation 5:9-10).

Christ the Lord has established the church and given to it a mission to make disciples of all the nations. His plan cannot fail and His mission cannot be thwarted.

    “10 declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose’…11 calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it,” (Isa. 46:10-11).

Because we have confidence in God’s global mission, we can pray confidently for the remaining unevangelized people groups.

Let us remember that God’s sovereignty in salvation is the basis and impetus for evangelism and missions and fervent prayer not indifference. In His infinite wisdom, God has ordained that His people pray for the success of the preaching of His Gospel.

Consider the exhortations of our Lord and Paul regarding the role of prayer in evangelism and missions.

    “And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest,” (Lk. 10:2).

    [Pray] also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,” (Eph. 6:19).

    “At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison…” (Col. 4:3).

    “Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be glorified, as happened among you…,” (2 Thessalonians 3:1).

“God’s sovereignty in salvation is the basis and impetus for fervent prayer not indifference.”

As John Piper has reminded us in his book, Let the Nations Be Glad, “God’s goal is to be glorified in a world full of white-hot worshippers from every people and tongue and tribe and nation.”

God has ordained for this goal to come about through the faithful and sacrificial proclamation of the gospel and the persistent, fervent prayers of God’s people.

To be gospel-driven is to understand that God is Lord of the nations and that He will justify sinners from every tribe and language and people and nation.

    “For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…,” (Rom. 3:22b-24).

    “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him,” (Rom. 10:12).

God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezek. 18:23; 33:11). God does not desire to glorify Himself by the destruction of any. “God, Calvin writes, “desires nothing more earnestly than that those who were perishing and rushing to destruction should return into the way of safety. And for this reason not only is the Gospel spread abroad in the world, but God wished to bear witness through all the ages how inclined he is to pity,” (Commentaries on Ezekiel, p. 246).

To turn sinners back, He sends forth His gospel invitation to the ends of the earth and implores with all men,

    22 “Turn to me and be saved,
    all the ends of the earth!
    For I am God, and there is no other.

To be gospel-driven is to understand that the chief goal of missions is the glory of God because the chief goal of the gospel is the glory of God.

    96:1 Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
    sing to the Lord, all the earth!
    2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
    tell of his salvation from day to day.
    3 Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous works among all the peoples!
    4 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
    he is to be feared above all gods.
    5 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
    6 Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

    7 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
    8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    bring an offering, and come into his courts!
    9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;
    tremble before him, all the earth!

    10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!…

What an amazing and awesome privilege the Lord has given His people to participate in His redemptive purposes (cf., 2 Cor. 4:1).
Be sure to take some time today to pray for the least unevangelized nations of the world.

Operation World

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One Response to The State of the Gospel

  1. retro says:

    It’s a shame what happened to Bangladesh. I hope the world steps up and helps them.

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