Daily Topic for July 26, 2012
God has committed His Word to us-the revelation of who He is and the statement of His purpose. In order to correctly handle this Word, we must understand and use it as God intended. God outlined His purpose for mankind in the Garden of Eden and His plan to accomplish that purpose in His covenant with Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3). God’s deepest concern is to bring people from every nation (cultural group) into fellowship with Himself. Today about 8,000 of these cultural groups have no community that is committed to Christ in their midst. Our correct handling of the Word of truth will place priority on God’s clearly revealed purposes for these unreached peoples.
Pray that the Lord will open our eyes to understand His Word, and then lead us to obey what we learn.
There are over 32 countries that have significant Turkish populations, ranging from Norway to Russia to the United States. Even in Latin American countries Turks often represent the only Muslim population. Though there are over 73 million Turks living all over today’s world, their greatest concentration is in the country of Turkey, making up 76 per cent of its population. Their original homeland is believed to be in the vicinity of Altai, which straddles Kazakhstan and Mongolia.
Being situated between the continents, Turkish lifestyle is a blend of Asian and European traditions. Turkey is increasingly becoming part of European alliances and organizations, and many Turks hope their country will become a full member of the European Union. One of the fastest growing airlines in the world is Turkish Airlines, having recently won awards from Skytrax. The Turkish manufacturers Beko and Vestel are significant producers of consumer electronics and home appliances sold across Europe.
Many of the Apostle Paul’s journeys and church plants were located in what is now Turkey. The area had at one time enjoyed a strong Christian heritage, which has now almost entirely disappeared. Today the majority of Turks are at least nominally Muslim. The country is influenced both by secularized and orthodox Muslims. But there is very little influence from Christ’s followers in Turkey today.
Pray that Turkish Muslims will begin to see the truth of the gospel. Pray that the church in Turkey will be renewed and re-invigorated to share the story of Jesus.