1. ENLARGE YOUR VISION TO MATCH GODS LOVE!
Zechariah 4:10: Do not despise the day of small beginnings! Start small but have huge goals.
Will you believe for 1,000
Will you believe for 100,000
Will you believe for 1,000,000
Will you believe for 10,000,000
Will you believe for 100,000,000
…Or will you believe with God for 73% of Pakistan, or 146 million, because this is how much of the earth is covered by sea (Isaiah 11:9)
Northern Area: 566
Jesus wanted to visit every village in Galilee, and did.
Luke 4:43: I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also because that is why I was sent.
Luke 8:1: After this Jesus travelled around from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.
Luke 10:1: After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.
Are we prepared to take his love to every village in Pakistan, or to stay in the comfortable cities?
2. THE POWER OF EXPONENTIAL GROWTH
Does Jesus want to visit every village in Pakistan? How will that happen? It’s simple if we abandon the Western model of attracting people to our church and instead go to where they are as Jesus did. Let’s assume we start with 10 disciples and each one wins one person and disciples them in a year. Then the following year each of the 20 disciples (ten original and ten new) repeats that cycle. This is what happens through the next 20 years:
3. THE GOSPEL CAME TO PAKISTAN 2,000 YEARS AGO!
On the Day of Pentecost people from Afghanistan (the Parthians), Persia (the Medes), Arabia and Iraq (Mesopotamia) were there when Peter first launched the global movement in Acts 2:5-11. Some of these people, as well as the thousands of Jewish traders that traversed the globe, could well have also travelled back to the Indus Valley on the coastal trade routes, taking the gospel with them.
History says the apostle Thomas landed in Karachi in 55AD on his way to South India. The Church historian Eusebius writing, 4th Century AD, says the apostles Thomas and Bartholomew were both assigned to Parthia, Iran and India. He also says that later, during the second Persian Empire, 226AD, there were bishops of the Church of the East established in northwest India, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, with laymen and clergy alike engaging in missionary activity.
Given the amount of trade between Rome and India it is highly likely there were thriving churches along the south coast of Iran and Pakistan in the first few centuries AD.
4. WHAT IS GODS PLAN FOR PAKISTAN?
From studying the scriptures in lesson one about God’s plan for the world, what can we conclude is the Lords plan for Pakistan?
That the whole nation comes to him!
That his name be glorified in Pakistan!
That it becomes a nation submitted to him!
To destroy all spiritual strongholds across the land!
The nation is filled with disciples!
His name will be greatly honoured!
Filled with the knowledge and glory of the Lord!
This plan will not happen overnight, or in a generation, or in a century. But it will happen because the Gospel is the good news. It liberates the human heart. It sets people free. It releases the captives. It gives sight to the blind. It destroys Satan’s grip on humanity! (Luke 4:18-19)
- Start small and think big, just like Jesus did. Begin to strategise.
- Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to show you what your part in this grand vision is?
- Find like-minded believers who live close by so you can strategise to reach your local area.
- Begin to pray for the harvest, and act: get out there and start because the Holy Spirit has gone before you. The harvest is ripe.
- Impart the vision God gives you to five people, get them on board as well