God Changes Our Minds About The World

If we’re going to really reach out for good, God has to change our minds about how we see the world.

We are raised to believe that we live in a material world – that Earth is the beginning and the end. God teaches us that we are also in a spiritual world, a supernatural world. It’s a bigger world with a bigger purpose. We’re a part of something much bigger!

Christians: Don’t Judge, Do Discern

It’s important for believers to discern the truth about how to live righteously. But using that truth to judge others can do more harm than good in trying to lead others to Jesus.

Figure out what lost people can discern of God and only share information that will invite them to investigate matters of faith further.

Shining your light to the world means leading with love. What people need most is the love of God, not the laws of God.

The Role of the Church Is Not to Judge People

The Pharisees were prideful and judged others harshly. But the Bible teaches us that God opposes the proud, and gives grace to the humble.

The role of the church is not to judge the world, but to introduce it to Jesus. We must unlearn religious judgement and relearn what it means to love.

Do Unreached People in the World Go to Heaven?

If you’re a parent, you don’t want to hear your child ask, “Mommy, is Santa real?”

If you’re a patient, you don’t want to hear your doctor ask, “How would you like me to administer this medication?”

And if you’re a Christian, you may hope to go your whole life without hearing, “If God is love, then why would he send people to Hell just because they never heard about Jesus?”

For many Christians, the question about unreached people groups is a tough one because it’s a classic “rock and hard place” question: no matter how you answer, you’re going to feel like you got it wrong.

Before we tackle PK’s helpful answer to this inquiry, let’s take a moment to learn something that might help you when you encounter this kind of question. Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias is known for saying, “Behind every question, there’s a questioner.” What he means is that every question a person asks is influenced by the life experiences and beliefs of the person asking.

It’s a helpful thing to remember, because quite often the question is just a vehicle for testing how YOU feel about the questioner. If you respond with anger, arrogance, or condescension then you are communicating something significant to the person asking the question. Namely, that the Gospel you claim to follow isn’t much of a Gospel.

If you respond with patience, honesty, and love, you communicate to the person asking the question that you take their curiosity seriously, and care about answering them in a way that is beneficial to their understanding. You model the life of Jesus and give credence to your own claims of faith.

So how do you answer the question about people who’ve never heard of Jesus and their eternal destination?

During the Q&A, PK began to wrestle with complexity of compassion. This question is usually asked from a place of compassion by the asker. Their heart cares for unreached people groups. But, in answering this question we come face to face with how much compassion God has. We are reminded that God’s compassion for this world is far greater than we are capable of.

The truth is, if God was unconcerned about reaching everyone with the Gospel, then Jesus never would’ve sent us out as his disciples. He would’ve been content with keeping the Good News “in house” and letting the rest of the world figure things out on their own. And yet John 3:16 says that God so loved the entire world that He sent Jesus to die for ALL people.

And then He gave those of us who choose to follow Him the responsibility to reach people who don’t know Him.

The second part of PK’s answer was to remind us that God is giving time for the whole earth to hear the Gospel. The Apostle Peter wrote, “God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change” (2 Peter 3:8-9, The Message).

What’s clear about the compassion and the nature of God is that he can be trusted with his own plan for salvation and how Jesus’ work would be applied to that person if that person sought God as best they knew how. There is no salvation apart from Jesus, and how God would work in this situation is unclear – but God’s character is trustworthy, therefore his response in these situations is too.

There’s no compassion greater than God’s, and the path for salvation is not only set, it’s being given time to work itself out to every nation. If the church would ever grab hold of that, there’s no telling how many unreached groups would actually be left.

What is Spiritual Warfare?

Satan is the enemy of your soul, your marriage, your family, your health, your career, your finances, and your safety. He works tirelessly against peace, justice, righteousness, and goodness.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

1 Peter 5:8

Don’t live like you have not a care in the world, and you’re safe. The spiritual reality is that you have an enemy, and he seeks to destroy you.

What happens to people who have never heard of Jesus?

Many times when people ask this question it’s because they’re really wondering whether they should believe in a God who would condemn a group of people who’ve never even heard the gospel. This is when we look to the heart and character of God to guide our thinking.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:9

God is in the midst of an unending conversation with everyone in humanity – through His creation which declares His glory, through the conscience He has given to every person, through the Holy Spirit who comforts and convicts, and through the conversations we as Christians initiate with non-believers. One thing is absolutely certain – God loves every person in every corner of the world and longs to restore every single person to Himself.

The END

The end is here! Well, the end of our seven-week “Puzzled by the Bible” series, anyway. The END will put an end to the lies of Satan, bringing us back to where we started: with God and man – now redeemed through the sacrifice of Jesus – together in Paradise.

Twice The Life

This week, we see the roots of redemption as God extends his mercy toward man, beginning in Genesis 12. Looking at the “puzzle pieces” Bible overview illustration on the next page, you can see that this week we’re on the 5th piece, near the top on the left side of the triangle: God established the 12 Tribes of Israel as God’s Holy People.

Art of Forgiveness

Mistakes are part of the process and even in the most extreme mess-ups; something can be rendered from the art work. There is certain ‘forgiveness’ to art. Lewis Smedes writes: “Forgiveness is an art, maybe the most neglected of the healing arts. Forgiveness is the art of healing wounds inflicted by other people’s wrongs.”