Hey, look at me! I’m all cool, using RRU instead of “Resource Round-Up.” Aspire to attain to my level of coolity!
Actually, just trying to shorten the title to highlight the actual topic, which is this: Greg Lucas’ sermon this past Sunday called our attention to God’s heart for the nations–to see in heaven those from every nation, language, tribe, and people-group. God has a vision for us to reach Huntington with the gospel of Jesus Christ–but He also wants us to share His concern for reaching the world for Jesus. “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10). So God calls us to be faithful witnesses for Him, not only locally, but even to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).
Here are some resources to help you grow in your heart for the nations:
We already directed you to the Joshua Project in a previous post. I also want to point out that you can subscribe via RSS to get a “people group of the day” mailed to your email inbox daily. This is a great way to pray for those beyond your reach and grow in your heart for the nations. There’s also an iPhone/iPod app that has great features as well.
Another great app is missionsbox. This app focuses on daily quotes related to missions. According to the app developer, “Listen to the heart of missions leaders such as Hudson Taylor, Charles Spurgeon, and K.P. Yohannan, through their most famous and inspiring quotes. MissionsBox delivers thought-provoking quotes and facts on a daily basis. We pray they will stir in you a passion for world missions and inspire to further study the means by which the Church is fulfilling the Great Commission.”
(Non-apple users will have to check to see if they’re available on the Android app store, etc.)
On Twitter? Follow @Iran30 for updates and prayer requests regarding the work of the
gospel in the Muslim country of Iran.
Monergism.com has a great subsection on world missions with tons of resources–check it out!
Desiring God has a resource page featuring John Piper’s sermons and resources about world missions.
(This one, I think, was my favorite.)
Operation World is also a great book to help enlarge your heart for the world. According to the publisher’s description,
Operation World is the definitive global prayer guide that will help focus your heart and life towards God’s passion for His glory among all nations. With well over 1 million copies of past versions being sold, this all new 7th edition has been completely updated and revised by Jason Mandryk and his team and covers the entire populated world. Whether you are an intercessor praying behind the scenes for world change, a missionary reaping the benefits of intercession or simply curious about the world, Operation World will give you the information necessary to be a vital part in fulfilling God’s plans for all nations. Included in the updated and revised 7th edition:
- All the countries of the world featured
- Maps of each country
- Geographic information
- People groups within each country
- Economic information
- Political information
- Religious make-up of each country
- Daily Prayer Calendar
- Answers to prayer
- Challenges for prayer
- Persecution index
Their website looks great also, with a daily ” featured nation” for which to pray, with links for further information and prayer requests about each nation. You can also follow them on other social media, such as Twitter (@operationworld) and Facebook. Plus, download a sample chapter (pdf) here.
Finally, there is perhaps no greater way to catch a vision for world missions than through biographies of the great missionaries of the church (like Hudson Taylor, Jim Elliot, John Paton, Amy Carmichael, David Brainerd, William Carey, Adoniram Judson,and Henry Martyn). I’d love to hear from you in the comment section: Which missionary biographies have had the greatest impact on your life?
Now I want you all to get all these resources and use them by next week. Kidding. But I would like to hear from you: What resources do you use to maintain a vision for and pray for the gospel getting to all nations?