Today was session 2 of our world religions study at Firewheel Church. Here’s a brief recap:
Lynsi started by talking about some of the most common worldviews:
- Atheism- A world without God
- Theism- A world plus a Infinite God
- Pantheism- A world that is god
- Polytheism- A world with many gods
- Deism- A world on its own made by God
Every major religion will fall into one of these worldview systems. We spent the rest of our time talking about what it means to be a “world christian.”
- They go to church.
- They pray.
- They are good people.
- Some are hypocritical
- They have assigned seats at church.
- They read their bible.
I don’t know about you that list is pretty boring. The truth is that this list, although it may not be exhaustive, paints a picture of many “christians.” At least it’s what the students of Firewheel Church think of when they think of the typical Christian.
A world christian understands 3 things.
1. He understands God’s Word-
He understands that the Bible is a story of redeeming the nations. This is the overarching theme of the Bible. The Great Commission is his heartbeat (Matt. 28: 19-20).
2. He understands God’s World
A “World Christian” understands the task at hand and their role in it! There are 3.6 billion unreached people in the world! He is also familiar with the “10/40″ window. The 10/40 window stretches just above the equator from West Africa to Japan.
About the 10/40 Window
- has a population of about 3+ billion people
- 88% of the unreached live here
- only 10% of the missionary ‘work force’ is dispatched to this area of the world.
- only .037% of U.S. mission dollars given to overseas missions is used in this area!!
- most of the major religions were “birthed” in this region.
- home to the world’s most poor.
Who lives in the 10/40 window?
Analogies To Help Understand the Task
1 billion seconds ago= 31 years, 7 months
1 billion minutes ago= John was writing Revelation in AD 92
1 billion people= can wrap aroud the earth 25 times
3. He understands God’s Work
- He is a goer! (He goes on mission to reach those who have never heard of the gospel)
- He is a sender! (If for some reason he can’t go, he sends others in his place. This is done primarily through financial support)
- He is a welcomer! (He welcomes those around him of different worldviews and belief systems. This can be an international student at school, a neighbor or coworker. He seeks intentional relationships with these people.)
- He is a prayer! (He prays for the unreached of the world and that God’s work will be accomplished.)
A few resources:
“There are 3 types of Christians in the world. There are GOERS, there are SENDERS, and the DISOBEDIENT.”
– John Piper