David Platt – Liberty University Convocation: The importance and urgency of taking the Gospel to unreached people groups

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On, September 9th, at Convocation, North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian students, David Platt spoke to students about the importance and urgency of taking the Gospel to unreached people groups. The Children of the World choir also performed as a part of Global Focus Week.

David Platt is the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, and author of New York Times Best Seller Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream.

David Platt: What if missionaries are not just people who leave their jobs to take the Gospel around the world, but missionaries also include people who leverage their jobs to take the Gospel around the world? You look back in Christian history and you see a group of people called the Moravians. It is said that at least 1 out of 92, some say at least one out of 58 of them, were crossing cultures for the spread of the Gospel. Well, let’s take the more conservative number, 1 out of 92 were crossing cultures for the spread of the Gospel. The International Mission Board represents about 40,000 churches. I think about what would happen if we had that kind of ratio today. 40,000 churches, say there’s about 16 million members in those churches. Let’s just assume 10 million of those people are living members in their churches.. If that was happening just in this one group of churches, this one denomination of churches, that would be over 100,000 missionaries. Not 5,000. We don’t even think in those kind of terms and I’m convinceed that we need to think in those kinds of terms. Now, the beauty of this is the Moravians weren’t doing this because they had a well financed sophisticated mission program. Np, they were doing this because they were leveraging the opportunities God was giving them to move to other cultures and work there for the spread of the Gospel. They would look for jobs in other countries and cultures, and contexts. And they would deliberately work there  and spread the Gospel as they worked there. Some of them would even sell themselves into slavery. They’d see a slave ship about to go to this country that didn’t have the Gospel and they would say, „Well. that’s one way to get the Gospel into that country.” And so, they would sell themselves to become slaves in order to get on that boat, in order to get to that country and proclaim the name of Christ. Multitudes of them going, all around the world. I’m just wondering what would happen if we had that kind of mindset. And so, I look at this arena, full of followers of Christ who are getting a world class education in all sorts of degrees and I am pleading for you, based upon what we are to look at the Word. I am pleading for you to leverage this education , to leverage your degree. to get the Gospel to people who’ve never heard it.

VIDEO by Liberty University

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