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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...




Diversity of the Gospel

By Zollie L. Smith Jr.
June 29, 2014

There are those who assume everyone in America has been presented with the gospel. That is simply not true. The truth is, people in every walk of life across this nation need the message of hope and to be freed from the power and penalty of sin. That is only available through Jesus Christ.

The United States is considered the third-largest mission field in the world, with more than 200 million unreached people. That number includes 117 million people who have not yet received the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ and about 87 million people who are unchurched.

In attempting to reach the lost in the 21st century, some try to take the gospel message and make it more attractive with Jesus plus something else, taking away the simplicity of the gospel. Some even confine the message of salvation or exclude it from their presentations altogether in an effort not to offend people. These are the greatest mistakes that can be made — the gospel is powerful all by itself. “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, NLT).

God in His wisdom, authority, grace and power crafted a simple message of hope applicable to every person. The gospel doesn’t have to be shaped to fit any particular people group. It doesn’t have to be tailor-made or customized.

Because it is supernaturally ordained by God to appeal to all humanity through the convicting work of the Holy Spirit, the gospel transforms and provides salvation to every person who believes, regardless of his or her ethnicity, gender, age, social status or location.

The gospel delivers freedom, giving everyone an opportunity to break loose from the bondage and the chains of sin that ensnare and entangle us all. When people — regardless of their status in life — are presented with the simple message of Jesus Christ, all they have to do is believe it, because the gospel is Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

The essence of diversity is wrapped up in Jesus Christ and Him alone because He died for all to save us all. We all need Jesus, and we all need to be saved from our sins.

The challenge we face in reaching souls for Christ is not that we have to change or translate the message to fit individuals or groups, but that we need more people who will passionately proclaim the message. And the gospel needs to be transported through humans who are flawed.

Each of us who are filled with the Holy Spirit has the call of God to share the good news. It is only through this proclamation of the good news that men and women come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. It gives everyone an opportunity to experience true freedom.

God’s plan of salvation is a pathway, leading people back to Him. God has given every Christian an opportunity to be a part of His salvation plan for humanity. We exist for the sole purpose of bringing honor and glory to God, and we do that by being obedient and sharing His love through the power of the Holy Spirit.

To see America reached for Christ, we must partner together in the battle to win lost souls. Assemblies of God U.S. Missions is inviting you to join us in this fight. Our mission is to fulfill the Great Commission in the United States. Our only message is the gospel, proclaimed in love.

I am grateful for our U.S. missionaries, chaplains and project volunteers who daily proclaim the gospel throughout America in every part of our society represented by those 200 million-plus unreached people. Not only is America one of the largest mission fields, but it is also one of the world’s most diversely populated nations with people from roughly 500 cultures and subcultures living here, including 94 of the world’s unreached people groups.

You might say we have the whole world represented in our backyard in America, which means we have the whole world to reach in every community and neighborhood through the local church. Every day, the dedicated men and women serving on behalf of U.S. Missions provide a panoramic view of God’s love and grace to many of these people groups. Through our Seven Windows to America, more than 100 ministries are working to meet the diverse needs of our nation.

Wherever our missionaries, chaplains and project volunteers minister, they seek to work in harmony with local churches in their cities and communities. They also understand the importance of networking and collaborating with government, nonprofit and local programs in the community to meet needs.

Yet, they are not limited to traditional methods. They are going out into the world God has placed in our neighborhoods, and reaching the needy, those in prison, those who need food to eat and water to drink, and those who are sick, just as Jesus commanded in Matthew 25:35,36.

We go to the poor, hungry, thirsty, sick, abused and homeless. We go to those devastated with disabilities. We go to the orphans — more than 550,000 in our nation need a home and a family. We go to the senior citizens, many in nursing homes, who are close to entering eternity without Jesus. We go to the Native Americans, the native Alaskans, and the immigrants who represent diverse cultural groups. We go to the rock climber, the cowboy, the racecar driver, and many more people in the many subcultures of our nation.

While our missionaries, chaplains and project volunteers seek to address the basic needs of those they encounter among unique cultural and ethnic people groups, they also holistically and aggressively proclaim Jesus. Even though they may supply the medical help, food and water, or the compassionate touch needed, they know the greatest need of every person they reach is to have Jesus in his or her life.

Whatever it takes, they go where the people are, in some cases under extreme conditions. They go because they may carry the only opportunity some people will get to hear a clear presentation of the gospel.

The apostle Paul said the gospel is indeed the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16). The gospel has the power to bridge gaps and break down barriers. It is the story of a God willing to send His Son to die, in order to reconcile His people to himself and to each other. It is the one thing we can all hold in common in the midst of an often-polarized world.

The gospel is diverse in that it is and always has been meant to be translated and communicated, expressed and experienced by everyone, everywhere so that they may have the opportunity to respond to it and receive Jesus Christ as their Savior. The message always remains the same: Everyone needs God’s grace and love, and He died to give it to them if they will only accept it.

Thank you for believing with us in U.S. Missions as we continue to reach out to the more than 200 million lost of this nation and share the redemptive, life-changing message with them. Pray with us that more believers will respond to God’s call to help us reach America with the gospel … that none perish.


ZOLLIE L. SMITH JR. is executive director of Assemblies of God U.S. Missions.






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