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Posted on August 31st, 2015 by Jonathan
Social media is a two-edged sword. At its worst, it preoccupies us with ourselves and the things of this world. At its best, it is an avenue for the gospel to penetrate unreached people groups.
We’re excited to tell you about a specific initiative aimed at helping you do the latter.
The Somali people are located in the Horn of Africa, our Secret Church 9 prayer focus. An unreached people group, there are nearly 17 million Somalis. War and famine has led many of them outside the borders of Somalia, yet they remain unreached with the good news of Jesus. Thankfully, there are some invaluable efforts currently underway to change this. But we’d like to add one.
We’re calling it The Horn Project. It’s creative, unconventional, and cutting edge. And it’s dependent on you. Here’s how it works:
Below is an animated video in the Somali language. In under ten minutes, the history of sin and the need for a blood sacrifice is traced all the way from Adam to Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God. Now it just needs to be viewed by Somali people.
This is where you come in. You can actually help us get this video in front of Somali people. In two weeks, Somali-speakers will be targeted with a Facebook add for this video. These adds will be much more effective if the video is highly viewed.
So we need you to view it. A lot.
And not just you, but your family, your church, your friends, your small group, and your co-workers, too. The more views it gets, the higher the chance it’s seen by Somali eyes.
We know you probably don’t speak Somali, and that’s okay. We simply need the number of views to increase. So over the course of the next two weeks, get to watching (and re-watching) and sharing. Post it on your Facebook page, tweet it from your Twitter account, pin it on your Pinterest board, and employ any other social media accounts at your disposal.
The Horn Project is an easy way to help make disciples of all nations. As you participate, pray that this video would ultimately be seen by the right people, that the Lord would transform hearts, and that God would then bring believers to follow up with them. Pray that the Somali people would put their trust in the one true Savior.
Posted on August 3rd, 2015 by Jonathan
As you watch the video above, released on June 18 from the UNHRC, think of the individuals that these staggering numbers represent. A child who is lonely, helpless, and scared. A young woman who is continually plagued by flashbacks to the horrific violence she endured. A father who doesn’t know where his family is. An elderly woman who is now facing the prospect of spending her final years in a crowded tent away from home. Each of these 59.5 million forcibly displaced people has a unique and heartbreaking story.
Enter the gospel. God sent his Son in the flesh to proclaim liberty to the oppressed, sight to the blind, and good news to the poor. Not of this world and hated by it, he endured suffering beyond what we can imagine, taking God’s just wrath on behalf of all who believe in him. One day he will return to fully redeem all who have trusted in him for righteousness. On that day, he will give evil people the judgement they are due while he personally wipes away every tear from the eyes of his saints.
This is the good news that refugees so desperately need. But unfortunately, the likelihood that they know it is low. Half of them come from the countries of Syria, Afghanistan, and Somalia, where only 5.9%, 0.1%, and 0.3% of their respective populations profess to be Christians. Indeed, despite their dire physical circumstances, the eternal plight of these people is much worse.
Here is their glimmer of hope: many of these refugees no longer live in Syria, Afghanistan, and Somalia. Outside the borders of their war-torn and/or closed countries, the opportunity we have to reach them is greater than it’s ever been. That is to say, we are their glimmer of hope. May we pray faithfully, give generously, and go accordingly.
Posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Jonathan
Over the weekend, in the wake of the first gruesome Planned Parenthood video (the second one has since been released), Justin Taylor posted the above video on his blog. Its aim is to help you defend life as the national conversation about abortion is brought back to the forefront.
In it, Scott Klusendorf shows you how to establish a clear, concise, and compelling defense of the pro-life stance, one that would be useful even in conversations with unbelievers. In sum: “Use science to show that the unborn are human; use philosophy to show that there is no relevant difference between what we were in the womb and what we are today that would justify killing us.”
For a full written version, go here.
(HT: Justin Taylor)
Posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Radical
You may already know that Samaritan’s Purse sends shoeboxes full of supplies to children in need each Christmas through Operation Christmas Child. But did you know that those shoeboxes are only one part of a much bigger strategy of making disciples in places where there are great physical and spiritual needs? Watch the video above to learn more about The Greatest Journey.
Samaritan’s Purse is one of our Counter Culture ministry partners on the issue of poverty, and they have designed The Greatest Journey Bible study course in order to teach children, and then hopefully their families, what it means to follow Jesus. Children who get a shoebox also get a presentation of the gospel in their own language. Then they have the option of being a part of The Greatest Journey Bible study. This course teaches children about the gospel and about the basics of the faith, including how to share their faith with family and friends. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches, so children who want to follow Jesus are connected with a local body of believers.
Samaritan’s Purse is seeking to introduce the gospel to children, families, and entire villages. The Greatest Journey is a great of example of meeting both physical and spiritual needs. To learn more about The Greatest Journey or to give a gift, go here. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we highlight other aspects of this ministry, as well as personal testimonies from those who have been impacted by it.
Posted on July 20th, 2015 by Radical
“The culture doesn’t listen to us on issues of sexual immorality and impurity, not only because their hearts are hard and they don’t want to believe the truth, but also because Christians have had a nasty little habit of talking about sexual issues from a standpoint of arrogance and superiority instead of mutual brokenness. The reality is every single Christian – every single Christian – has sinned sexually, and every single Christian will sin sexually again.”
Dr. Heath Lambert goes on to talk about why it is so important for the church to begin with humble introspection when it comes to addressing issues of sexual sin.
Heath Lambert serves as Executive Director at the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, a Counter Culture ministry partner. ACBC is the largest biblical counseling organization in the world with certified counselors and counseling training centers in 17 countries. He is also the author of Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace (Zondervan, 2013). Learn more about Lambert here.
Sexual immorality is one of the most pervasive issues covered in David Platt’s latest book, Counter Culture. Learn more at CounterCultureBook.com.
Posted on July 6th, 2015 by Jonathan
Christopher Yuan is a former homosexual who became a believer while incarcerated for dealing drugs. From personal experience, he encourages Christians who are “in the trenches” with the fact that God’s Word (and only God’s Word) has the power to change and save people.
Christopher Yuan is now a speaker on faith & sexuality, a professor at Moody Bible Institute, the co-author of Out of a Far Country, and an HIV+ survivor. You can find out more about Yuan at christopheryuan.com.
Homosexuality and sexual immorality are discussed in David Platt’s latest book, Counter Culture. Learn more at CounterCultureBook.com.
Posted on June 23rd, 2015 by Radical
This message was delivered by David Platt at CROSS 2015. In it, he shares his own personal longing to go to the unreached while urging all believers to give their lives for the spread of the gospel among the unreached. Below are his three main points:
- Surrender to Christ regardless of the cost.
- Abide in Christ and follow where He leads.
- Trust in Christ, for He is the great reward.
Heath Lambert counsels people with two practical first steps to take in defeating their addiction to pornography. Both are humble pleas for help:
- Pray: “No matter how guilty you’re feeling, no matter how ashamed you are of what you’re doing… that is the moment when you need to draw near to the throne of grace and receive help in your time of need” (Heb 4:16).
- Tell Someone Else: “You have to find a pastor or a wise Christian friend who can help you. Don’t tell one of your peers who also struggles with the same thing. By definition, they won’t know what to say. You need someone with spiritual maturity and wisdom to get you some place where you are not.”
Dr. Heath Lambert is a professor who serves as the Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. ACBC is the largest biblical counseling organization in the world with certified counselors and counseling training centers in 17 countries. He is also the author of Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace (Zondervan, 2013). Learn more about Heath here.
Posted on June 3rd, 2015 by Jonathan
Jackie Hill Perry proclaims the gospel differently than I, and that’s a good thing. In fact, if you’ll listen to the two videos below, part of her encouragement to us is to use whatever gifts God has given us to tell people about Christ in whatever ways we can think of. This means there are an infinite number of possibilities, because everyone is different. Discover your giftings, obey your calling, and proclaim the gospel as faithfully as you can.
Posted on May 27th, 2015 by Jonathan
In Secret Church 7: Angels, Demons, and Spiritual Warfare, David Platt addresses the issue of demon possession and how we should biblically think about it. To view the teaching in its entirety, go here.
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