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MESSENGERS 

Scriptures: Matthew 28:19–20, Acts 1:8, Romans 10:10-15, 2 Corinthians 5:17

Memory verse: Romans 10:14
"And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?"

Lead—In

Today's study emphasizes the need for messengers who are essential in fulfilling God's purpose for every human being: "The Lord is...not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).

A messenger is a person who carries messages. The messenger delivers, or makes known, thoughts or information to another person. This action is called "communication." There are various ways to communicate a message.

Ask: What are some ways you can communicate information to family, friends, classmates, your village or town? (Allow responses.)

Messages can be delivered by word-of-mouth, in writing, through music, by pictures, over the telephone, via emails, sending text – to name a few ways. There may be more.

Ask: What is the best way to communicate with people who speak a different language? (Allow responses.)

Hearing God's Word

The apostle Paul wrote the book of Romans as he was inspired by the Holy Spirit. He recognized the need of messengers to carry God's message of salvation to every individual. He clearly explains what is necessary for a sinner to be saved: "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9).

Ask: How do we know that we have been saved, our sins forgiven? (Allow responses.)

This is the truth the messenger is to deliver. It contains two basic elements: Confession of one's acceptance of Jesus as the Lord of their life and believing that Jesus is alive today. A sinner's salvation is wrapped up in one word, "believe." A person believes when they accept the truth. Thus, it is important for the messenger to clearly communicate the truth, regardless of the form in which it is delivered.

Belief Produces Blessing

The Lord richly blesses those who believe and accept the truth: "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Romans 10:13). When a person is saved, they are blessed with forgiveness of sin and a new life in Christ. (Ask a student to read 2 Corinthians 5:17.)

The blessing of the Lord comes through calling “on the name of the Lord." Everyone who calls on the Lord cries out; sometimes they call in a loud voice but always from the heart. It is a plea, a request, for God to help them.

Testimony

I attended my first church service when I was 13 years old. My cousin and I sat on the back row, visiting and somewhat aware of the songs being sung. Then, the preacher began speaking. The teaching was about a place called "hell." I had used the word as a curse word, but had no idea of what it meant.

I began to listen carefully to the description of hell. By the end of the message, I was sure that I did not want to go to hell. The preacher explained how one could escape the punishment of hell, if they asked Jesus to save them.

I knelt at the altar at the close of the service and prayed. This was a new experience for me and I did not know what to say. However, I knew I did not want to go to hell and that Jesus could help me. So, I began to say, "Jesus, help me! Jesus, help me!" This simple prayer flowed from my lips and heart for about 30 minutes. Tears streamed down my cheeks.

Arising from my place of prayer, I had no understanding of being born-again or my life being transformed and receiving new life in Christ. All I knew was that Jesus had helped me and I was not going to hell. My little, heartfelt prayer was a call for help. Jesus heard me and I was saved.

Ask: How did you call on the Lord to be saved? (Allow responses.)

Everyone Must Call

Deep within the heart of every person, whether young or old, there is a desire to escape the fires of hell and spend eternity in heaven. All they need to do is "call on the name of the Lord." Yet for this to happen, they have to believe the message of truth. Recognizing this fact, the apostle Paul raises the question, "How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard" (Romans 10:14)? It is evident that they must be informed. Everyone needs a messenger to give them the message of truth.

Ask: Who delivered the message of truth to you? (Allow responses.)

No Messenger—No Message—No One Saved

The necessary sequence needed in order for persons to accept Jesus as their Saviour is clear. Paul sums it up this way, "And how can they hear without someone preaching to them" (Romans 10:14)?

Do you know Jesus as your personal Saviour? If so, you are His messenger. Jesus said in Mark 16:15, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation." Jesus needs you. He is counting on you to be His messenger. Your classmates, your friends, your family, your tribe and all other language groups will only believe and be saved when they hear the message of truth.

Accepting God's Word

Go in His Name. Go in His power. Go and be a witness—communicate the message of truth. Tell the story of Jesus saving you and His desire to save all who call on His Name.

Ask: Have you ever consider yourself to me a messenger of truth? (Allow responses.)

Jesus promises to be with you: "Surely I am with you always" (Matthew 28:20). Jesus promises to anoint your delivery of the message: "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit come on you; and you will be my witnesses... (Acts 1:8).

Messenger, communicate the message to every tribe, language, people and nation—to the glory of God the Father!

Into All the World

Jesus commanded His disciples to "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation" (Mark 16:15).

Previously we studied Jesus' command as given in Matthew 28:18-20 with emphasis on "making disciples of all nations (languages, tribes). This led to a presentation, in each of the 11 books, of three unreached tribes located primarily in Africa.

Defining Words

The focus has been on people. The message is Jesus. The recipients are individual people within a tribal group. The messengers are persons who know Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour.

Unreached tribes are those language groups with only a few believers in Christ Jesus among their group. We consider the tribe to be "reached" when a strong indigenous church emerges and is actively involved in preaching the gospel—baptizing new converts and opening new churches.

The world map included with this study identifies the language groups on each continent. Australia and Oceania are combined. This is the world to which Jesus refers in Mark 16:15. Jesus is to be introduced to every individual, in every tribe and language group, in every country on every continent.

Personal Faith

The Lord established this guideline so that every person within the language group might receive a good introduction to Jesus, the Saviour. Families or communities or chiefs may decide to accept the message that "Jesus saves." Yet, each individual must personally confess their sins and ask Jesus to forgive them. The Bible makes this clear in John 3:16, "...whoever believes in him shall not perish...."

Ask: What is the total number of unreached language groups in the world?

(Give the numbers on each continent and let the students add them for a total.)

Jesus has given our youth group a great privilege. In prayer we can embrace the world. Jesus said, "I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest" (John 4:35).

REMEMBER TO PRAY!
Pray for Unreached Tribes of the World

1. The 6,685 unreached tribes identified by believers in Christ,
2. Many believers committed to pray for each tribe,
3. Messengers of the gospel to be sent to each tribe.

Prayer Promise

"Whoever believes in him (Jesus) shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

MORE INFORMATION: www.joshuaproject.net    

Remember: MESSENGERS

Memory verse: Romans 10:14
"And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?"

1. The Lord wants me to serve as His messenger.
2. His message of salvation is my message to deliver.
3. Without my delivery of the message, the sinner remains condemned.

Pray for Unreached Tribes of the World.

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