Daily Topic for December 06, 2016

Acts 20:9-10, NET
A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, was sinking into a deep sleep while Paul continued to speak for a long time. Fast asleep, he fell down from the third story and was picked up dead. But Paul went down, threw himself on the young man, put his arms around him, and said, “Do not be distressed, for he is still alive!”

Pray for the Lord to work in marvelous ways in Iran’s house churches. Pray for thousands of Muslims to join house churches this coming year.

House Churches in Iran

by WK

Where’s the fastest growing church in the world? Answer: Iran. According to Open Doors, USA, thousands of people are accepting Christ each year in Iran. According to Mohabat News, there may be as many as one million people involved in the underground house church movement in Iran. Most are young, and 70 percent are female.
Why are people leaving Islam in an Islamic theocracy? People in Iran see the hypocrisy of the government-run form of religion. Shi’ite Islam was founded by Hussein, who was martyred. Ironically his ways are held high by a government that oppresses its own people. In another bit of irony, Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, is sometimes called “the greatest Christian missionary” to have served in Iran since he drove so many to Christ!
When Iranians decide to follow Christ, they cannot meet in church buildings. These are easy for the government to monitor. Instead, they go to house churches. No government can keep an eye on every home.
In house churches, people are discipled in the ways of Jesus. Everyone is expected to share how God is moving in their lives right now. Believers are also expected to witness to others, and having seen the false spirituality of their government, Iranian Muslims are often looking for other spiritual answers.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for the house churches to have all the biblical materials they need to disciple believers. Pray for the house church planting movement to grow and remain true to Jesus.


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