Foreigners Are a Problem! (2 of 2)

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Foreign Christians can’t just expect the national Christians to evangelize on their own time. If a national Christian isn’t as excited about reaching his own people with the gospel as a foreigner is, that doesn’t mean the national knows best, it means move out-of-the-way and let the foreigner do the work.

Of course a national can do a great job, just as good or better than the foreigner but that isn’t the problem.

Christians in American and nationals of their own country need to get a heart for not just reaching “their people,” but to reach the world. The goal isn’t to “stay local” but to “go global.” Foreign or national, we are joining together for the great commission.

We are to teach the Chinese people, “Here is the Gospel, reach your people and in the sane way we come as a foreigner into your country, go as a foreigner into another country carrying the Gospel.”

The spreading of the Gospel will take foreigner involvement. This is not new to the Bible. In the Bible we see two main people groups, Jews and Gentiles. The Jews had to cross the boundaries of the Gentiles. Different cultures and language gaps were crossed and God did a work.

Foreigners are a problem. We don’t do things like everyone else around us. But we need to have the right mindset and not just sit on the sidelines. We need to pray that God will allow us to learn the language and penetrate the culture with the Gospel. I think we can see God do great things. We need to be willing to spend and be spent; to be willing to train those we win instead of winning and leaving. We need to teach them in all things.

I agree, we are a problem, but who else is going to do it?

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2 thoughts on “Foreigners Are a Problem! (2 of 2)

  1. Jacques

    You raise up a great point. I think the book of Acts provides a great model for modern day missions and addresses the issue you bring up in these posts.

    In Acts 11 we read that Christians who were scattered because of persecution were spreading the Gospel around the Mediterranean. When news came back to the Christians in Judea that some Gentiles in Antioch had received the Gospel, the Bible says that they elders “sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord” (Acts 11:23-24).

    In other words, some early missionaries had brought the Gospel to the people in Antioch, souls were saved, and national churches were started. Although the church may have been considered “self propagating” at that point, the elders in Jerusalem saw fit to send Barnabas to teach them, train them, and strengthen them in the Lord.

    Then, the Bible says that Barnabas left Antioch to Tarsus, “to seek Saul: And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

    Barnabas and Saul then came to an existing national work in Antioch, partnered with them for an entire year, taught the people, and raised up some powerful disciples in that city.

    Had the church decided to leave the believers in Antioch and other Gentile cities to themselves, they may have survived but never thrived. They needed the leadership of men like Barnabas and Saul to strengthen them in the Lord and train them for the ministry.

    I believe the situation in China strongly reflects what happened in Antioch some 2000 years ago. Christians in America have heard word that the Word of God has traveled as far as China. Because of the work of early missionaries within the last two centuries, many millions have been saved and thousands of churches have been started.

    If we think the Chinese Church can now thrive on its own, however, we would making a mistake that the believers in Judea did not make. What China needs is for American churches to send forth their best men with proven leadership who can co-labor with the Chinese believers, strengthen them in the Lord, and prepare them to be powerful witnesses for Jesus Christ.

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