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Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
Expansion
of the
World Christian
Movement
The Purposes of God
Isaiah 14:24,27
The Lord Almighty has sworn,
“Surely, as I have planned, so it will be,
And as I have purposed, so it will stand.”
For the Lord Almighty has purposed,
And who can thwart him?
His hand is stretched out,
and who can turn it back?
The Purposes of God
Isaiah 46:10-11
“My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good
pleasure….
Truly I have spoken;
Truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it,
Surely I will do it.”
The Purposes of God
Proverbs 19:21
Many are the plans in a man’s heart,
But it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
God’s Continuing Purpose
To redeem a people from every people.
To rule a kingdom above every kingdom.
Our Question:
God, what is Your will for my life?
The Question To Ask:
God, what is Your will?
How can I join You
in what You are doing?
History of the World Christian Movement
Ten Epochs in the Movement
2000 B.C.
1600 B.C.
1200 B.C.
800 B.C.
400 B.C.
0 A.D.
400 A.D.
800 A.D.
1200 A.D.
1600 A.D.
0
2000 A.D.
History of the World Christian Movement
Galatians 4:4
“In the fullness of time,
God sent forth His Son…”
Mission Mechanisms
O.T. Period
GO
Voluntary
GO
Involuntary
COME
Voluntary
COME
Involuntary
Abraham
Hebrew
prophets
Joseph
Jonah
Esther
Daniel + friends
N.T. Period
Philip to
Ethiopian eunuch
Peter to Cornelius
resettled in Israel
Missionaries
“Tentmakers”
Paul
Persecuted
church
Magi
Naaman the Syrian Greeks seek out
Jesus
Queen of Sheba
Cornelius sends
Ruth
for Peter
Gentiles forcibly
Modern Missions
Roman military
Military
Business people
Gov’t employees
Persecuted
church
International
students
Business
immigrants
Refugees
God’s Purpose
God’s purpose is to forward His mission
WITH or WITHOUT the cooperation of
His chosen people.
With the blessing is the responsibility.
Dangerous if unfulfilled!
With the blessing is the privilege.
Joyous when fulfilled!
History of the World Christian Movement
Five Epochs Since Christ
History of the World Christian Movement
Acts 15
Breakthrough!
History of the World Christian Movement
In the ROMAN period
Christianity spread
as a result of:
Divine signs
in the sky
Persecution
Heretics
The Chamber
of Commerce
The Church in the Fourth Century
Roman Period
Christianity all the way to England by AD 212
Diocletian edicts
Edict of Toleration in AD 313
Official religion in AD 375
Christianity was the only religion
with no nationalism at its root!
Roman Period
Christianity all the way to England by AD 212
Diocletian edicts
Edict of Toleration in AD 313
Official religion in AD 375
Church councils
Ulfila, an Arian Christian, goes to the Goths
History of the World Christian Movement
In the ROMAN period
Christianity spread
as a result of:
Divine
signs
TRUE!
in the sky
TRUE!
Persecution
Heretics
TRUE!
The Chamber
TRUE!
of Commerce
Barbarian invasions of 4th/5th centuries
Barbarian invasions of 4th/5th centuries
Get the point!
Christianity was well-established in the
Roman Empire; however, Latin Christians
did not reach out with the gospel to their
unreached neighbors – the Goths.
In God’s eternal purpose, He brought the
Goths to them, so that they too might be
saved.
History of the World Christian Movement
In the BARBARIAN period
Christianity spread
as a result of:
A wife of
the emperor
Fear & force
A kidnapped
boy
Advanced Roman
civilization
Barbarian invasions of 4th/5th centuries
Barbarian Control of Roman Empire
Civilization lost
Urban to rural (cities abandoned)
Fertile land to desolation
Great Roman engineering into disrepair
Law & order disappeared
Money ceased to be used
Freedom exchanged for survival
Language lost
Barbarian Control of Roman Empire
The Church was the only surviving
institution in the ancient world!
Barbarian invasions of 4th/5th centuries
A Nation Transformed
Planted 700 churches
Trained 3000 pastors
Baptized 100,000 Irish
Church’s Role in Society
Helped the poor
Cared for the sick
Provided refuge for the outcast
Served as civil-servants
Created hospitals
Established homes for the aged & insane
The only source of education
Transmitted the Latin language
Church’s Role in Society
Preserved ancient writings
Taught a respect for the written word
Taught the importance of record-keeping
Sole link between the classical past and
the future
Instilled the value & dignity of the individual
Led in draining swamps, clearing forests &
developing better agricultural methods
Mitigated violence through its teaching
History of the World Christian Movement
In the BARBARIAN period
Christianity spread
as a result of:
A
wife of
FALSE!
the emperor
FALSE!
Fear
& force
A kidnapped
TRUE!
boy
Advanced Roman
FALSE!
civilization
History of the World Christian Movement
Get the point!
Christianity is well-established in the new
“Holy Roman Empire”
Charlemagne was eager for his own kind
(Germanic tribes) to become Christian,
but didn’t reach out to the Scandinavian
peoples to the north.
Christianity in Asia
First 300 years:
Severe persecution in West (Rome)
Relative freedom in East (Persia / Syria)
Next 300 years:
Imperial religion in West
Severe persecution in East
Trade routes to West closed
Nestorian church spreads further East
Next 300 years:
Rise of Islam closes all trade routes
No contact between East & West for 600 yrs
Mission extension & obliteration in East
697 A.D. Conversion of Anglo-Saxons & Chinese
History of the World Christian Movement
In the VIKING period
Christianity spread
as a result of:
Conversion of
Eric the Red
Captured
monks
Slave girls
Mass
Conversions
The West Under Threat: 8-10th centuries
History of the World Christian Movement
In the VIKING period
Christianity spread
as a result of:
Conversion
FALSE! of
Eric the Red
Captured
TRUE!
monks
TRUE!
Slave
girls
Mass
TRUE!
Conversions
History of the World Christian Movement
Get the point!
If you don’t go to them with the gospel,
they come to where it is… but it may not be
in a friendly way!
God’s determined purpose, remember?
The West Under Threat: 8-10th centuries
History of the World Christian Movement
In the MUSLIM period
Christianity spread
as a result of:
Traveling
evangelists
Friars
Conquistadors
Taking Jerusalem
from Muslims
The First Crusade
The First Crusade
Defense against invading Turks
Opportunity for Roman Church to expand
into Byzantine Church territory
Opportunity for petty kings and lords to
gain riches and land
Opportunity for disinherited sons to
spend energies and gain wealth
Opportunity to gain remission for sins
and a secure place in heaven
The First Crusade
Get the point!
Passion, love and sacrifice are no
substitute for a clear understanding of
God’s will.
God brought “Christian Europe” into
contact with a new people needing His
truth and they responded by killing them.
The Reconciliation Message
Nine hundred years ago, our forefathers
carried the name of Jesus Christ in battle
across the Middle East.
Fueled by fear, greed and hatred, they
betrayed the name of Christ by
conducting themselves in a manner
contrary to His wishes and character.
The Crusaders lifted the banner of the
Cross above your people. By this act
they corrupted its true meaning of
reconciliation, forgiveness and selfless
love.
The Reconciliation Message
On the anniversary of the First Crusade,
we also carry the name of Christ.
We wish to retrace the footsteps of the
Crusaders in apology for their deeds and
in demonstration of the true meaning of
the Cross.
We deeply regret the atrocities committed
in the name of Christ by our predecessors.
We renounce greed, hatred and fear, and
condemn all violence done in the name
of Jesus Christ.
The Reconciliation Message
Where they were motivated by hatred and
prejudice, we offer love and brotherhood.
Jesus the Messiah came to give life.
Forgive us for allowing His name to be
associated with death.
History of the World Christian Movement
In the MUSLIM period
Christianity spread
as a result of:
Traveling
TRUE!
evangelists
TRUE!
Friars
Conquistadors
FALSE!
Taking Jerusalem
FALSE!
from Muslims
History of the World Christian Movement
The Greatest Missed
Opportunity in World
Evangelization
History of the World Christian Movement
The Reformation
History of the World Christian Movement
The Reformation was a
CULTURAL breakthrough!
Latin uniformity vs. cultural diversity
Acts 15 repeated!
Depiction of God in Luther’s Bible
“In the fulness of time…”
The Printing Press
Spread Reformation ideas rapidly
Within 100 years the Bible had been
translated into almost every European
language.
Education (and the means to form one’s own
opinion) was no longer limited to the clergy
or very wealthy.
“In the fulness of time…”
The Internet!
Radio!
Satellite TV!
“In the fulness of time…”
The Internet!
Radio!
Satellite TV!
Disseminating information & ideas across
economic, ideological, geographic and
political boundaries.
History of the World Christian Movement
Get the point!
Luther and the Reformers did not see
missions in the Bible.
Except for the amazing Moravians, the
Protestants did not engage in missions
until 250 years later.
Why?
Protestants rejected mission structures.
MODALITY -- SODALITY
History of the World Christian Movement
God, what is Your will?
How can I join You
in what You are doing?
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