Be a Missionary…In Your Small Group

Who do you know who is still harassed and helpless , like sheep without a shepherd?

How would you like to be a missionary to the fifth largest unchurched nation in the world … and never leave home?

The need is great all over the world to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. But one nation that may be overlooked is the one we live in. More than 187 million Americans remain unreached by the gospel, making us the fifth largest unchurched country in the world.

On top of that alarming statistic is this one: of the adults who attend any given Protestant church on a typical Sunday morning, half are not even Christians. They remind us of the religious folks Jesus spoke of in Matthew 15:8-9: "These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain."

If Jesus were walking the streets of American cities today, I am certain His heart would be broken and He would have "compassion on them, because they [are] harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd" (Matthew 9:36).

The church of Jesus Christ is not reaching lost people with the gospel because, perhaps, we do not see people the way Jesus saw them. We lack the compassion that Jesus had (and has) because we do not see the spiritual condition of the multitudes: lost! And yet, the harvest is still plentiful; it's just that the workers are few! (Matthew 9:37).

Let me call attention to what Jesus did not say. He didn't say, "The harvest is plentiful, but the dollars are few." He didn't say, "The harvest is plentiful, but the building costs are too high." He didn't say, "The harvest is plentiful, but first we need to start the latest program." No, it is the workers who are missing.

So where do we find these workers? Bible colleges and seminaries? Parachurch ministries? Harvard School of Business? No, none of these are where ...

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