Daily Topic for September 20, 2007
A “kingdom of priests”: this was what God intended the descendants of Abraham to be. God stated this purpose very clearly in this preamble to their national constitution, the Mosaic covenant. Again He used terms similar to those of the Abrahamic Covenant (see Genesis 12:1-3). Priests were to be mediators or “go-betweens” between sinful man and God. God not only chose one of the twelve tribes to be the priests for the entire nation, He also chose the entire nation to serve as a priestly nation to bring all the people groups of the world to Himself. We know that God expects His Church to serve the same purpose in the world today (see 1 Peter 2:9).
What joy, O Lord, to be used of You to bring the nations to Your feet. Help us glorify You as we pray and give and go.
“People are responding to the gospel, and Hindu militants are scared.” This is the statement from India Gospel Outreach (IGO) regarding things they have seen in recent years. IGO workers are in every state of India plus Nepal and Bhutan, but their goal is to reach India’s most unreached people groups. These Indian nationals are sent to places where there are no churches and almost no gospel witness. Most of IGO’s workers come from a Hindu background, so they understand much more about a Hindu’s mindset than someone from outside of South Asia.
As a general rule, IGO evangelists plant churches within three to five years of the time they begin their work. They plant Bible schools in various parts of India, where they teach local believers to share their faith and pastor churches in the local language.
In some of the toughest parts of northwest India, IGO workers sometimes face violent opposition to their work. They are often evicted from buildings owned by Hindus. Through persistent work, prayer, Bible teaching, and miracles from the Lord, IGO is planting home fellowships in parts of India where only one in 1,000 has put their faith in Jesus.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for boldness, love and perseverance for IGO evangelists. Pray that their efforts will lead to long-standing fellowships among Hindu-background believers in Christ. Pray that IGO efforts will lead Hindus in India to forsake all other gods for Jesus Christ, the Lord of Lords.-KC