The World Will Be Reached With the Gospel

The World Will Be Reached With the Gospel

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Stating the Challenge
Have you taken time to consider that the current population of the world stands at approximately 7.4 billion people, and of that amount about 32.5% represents Christianity, 21.5% Islam, Hinduism 14%, Buddhism 6% and Non-Religious 16%, and some small groups make up the difference? When you do the math in the light of Christ’s mandate to carry the gospel message to the entire world, it can be daunting to say the least. In fact, one can feel overwhelmed and intimidated given the statistics.
With a world membership of fewer than 20 million Seventh-day Adventists, how do we reach the world? Come closer home and you will note that the current population of the Atlantic Caribbean Union region is less than half a million (477,000 -Bahamas 377,000, Cayman 63,000, TCI 37,000). To compound the situation, our region is heavily influenced by the United States - fast becoming secularized and given to worldly pleasure, it would seem.  Therefore the question is begged, “How do we reach our section of the world with the gospel with a membership of approximately 32,000?” “How will the fulfillment of Christ’s commission be realized?”
 
Confronting the Challenge
Apart from the promise of Christ, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached and then shall the end come,” is the record of two parables recorded in Luke 13:18-21.  The first, which is the Parable of the Mustard Seed, refers to the significant growth of the kingdom from a small beginning to a major development. Additionally, the Parable of the Leaven relates to the internal or transforming growth of the church working from within. Given that these two parables originated with Christ lends to much credibility. Therefore, there is no need to doubt what Christ predicts in terms of His church/kingdom. Says Christ, “To what shall I liken the kingdom of God to?”
 
Defining the Process
Employing the object of a mustard seed, Jesus teaches three important lessons: Don't despise small beginnings. Success is not the result of chance and Success results from total dependence upon God. So, given the principles of the parable, it is clear that the growth and expansion of the kingdom of God is guaranteed. So when I am confronted with the 7.4 billion figure with a high percentage of Islams, Hinduism, Buddhism and non-religious ones, I remind myself of what Christ promised. The successful spreading of the gospel is predicated on God and His promises. Therefore in keeping with this fact, the implementation of Total Member Involvement (TMI) and Lord Transform Me (LTM) are most relevant and timely. We can fully support these initiatives, knowing that our leaders’ decision to introduce them is in keeping with not only our Lord’s mandate to go, teach and make disciples, but also the assurance that the growth and expansion of God’s church is guaranteed by Him. Given this reality, we are guaranteed success. Let’s keep believing and acting upon our belief!