The gospel must first be preached to all the nations. – Mark 13:10
If there is a single event that will mark the imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ, it will be the proclamation of the gospel to all the nations (ethne = people groups) of the world. Many pseudo-theologians debate end-time prophecies in hopes of predicting the Savior’s return yet spend little or no effort working to accomplish the one task over which we have been given earthly authority and control. While some doors in some countries may be closed to overt missionary activity, there are few barriers to the covert, personal sharing of one’s faith in Christ and God will always make a way where His Church makes a commitment.
Note to readers: we have never been commanded to “convert,” only to “preach.” The missing link is our own obedience and submission to Christ’s command. Conversions will surely come as God works in the hearts of those we encounter with biblical truth, but first there must be an encounter.
Jesus will build His church in advance of His return. Whether in-person or in partnership, let’s do our part.
How little chance the Holy Ghost has nowadays; the church and missionary societies have so bound Him in red tape that they practically ask Him to sit in a corner while they do the work themselves. – C. T. Studd
Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.
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