Why should the church of Jesus Christ be engaged in missionary efforts to bring the Gospel to those who have never heard it?

Perhaps a greater question would be why is the church not more engaged in reaching the unreached people groups of the world? In the world today, there are almost 7,000 people groups classified as unreached equaling 42 percent of the world’s current population[1]. Despite this heartbreaking statistic and although the global church has 9,000 times the workforce and 3,000 times the necessary financial resources to complete the Great Commission, the body of Christ is only investing .5 percent of its financial and human resources towards reaching unreached people groups[2]. If the church truly desires to change this trend and fully embrace the task of finally bringing the story of Christ to the whole world, biblical motivations abound.

For centuries the church has been proclaiming the Second Coming of Christ, but at the same time failing to participate with God in His mission to the world so that glorious event may finally occur. Jesus Himself confirmed that the end would not come until His gospel had been proclaimed to the whole world (Matthew 24:14). Pastor Oswald J. Smith challenges the church to fulfill its missiological obligation by stating, “We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first.”[3] If Christ’s church truly desires to see His return, fulfilling His great and only commission to bring His story to all nations should at least motivate us to do more, reach farther, and bring the greatest message humanity can receive to those whose ears have not yet heard it.

Dr. Vance Massengill serves as Education Coordinator in the Middle East.

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[2] http://www.thetravelingteam.org

[3] Smith, Oswald J. The Passion for Souls. London: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, 1950.

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