Christian Magna Carta: A Right to Hear the Gospel

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The knowledge of these rights empowers us to stand up for the issues that are on God's heart.  

Why do we need to engage in world missions? What actually are the needs that need to be met, by the Church, in the world? Do missionaries only care about preaching to people?

Deep in our core, as human beings, we have this desire to bring justice to the world. To bring humanitarian aid to the needy, hurting, and lost. As Christians, our focus has to be a little bit different than the typical thoughts of this world. As Christians we must look at both the physical and spiritual needs of this world and be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Knowing the Christian Magna Carta and fighting for the rights of humanity is key in missions. The knowledge of these rights empowers us to stand for the issues that are on God’s heart. If we, as Christians, can’t identify our target, how then can we aim for the prize? This document, under the authority of God’s Word and the leading of the Holy Spirit, guides us to strategic missions. In other words, if we want to be effective in ministry and in missions we have to have strategy and a plan. The Christian Magna Carta aids us in having a few targets to aim for. This is why as an organization, we have chosen to focus on and explore this document for the next six weeks.

The Six Points of the Christian Magna Carta: 

  1. Everyone has the right to hear and understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  2. Everyone has the right to have a Bible available in their own language.

  3. Everyone has the right to have a Christian education available for their children.

  4. Everyone has the right to have a Christian fellowship available nearby, to be able to meet for fellowship regularly each week, and to have Biblical teaching and worship with others in the Body of Christ.

  5. Everyone has the right to have the basic necessities of life: food, water, clothing, shelter and health care.

  6. Everyone has the right to lead a productive life of fulfillment spiritually, mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically.


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Everyone has the right to hear and understand the Gospel....

Everyone has the right to hear and understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Throughout Scripture, Jesus says that He came for all and He desires all to know Him (see 2 Peter 3:9).

In Romans 10, we see that for someone to believe, someone must go and preach to them. Of course, this is why Jesus commanded his disciples to go to every nation and preach the Gospel (Matthew 28: 18 - 20, Mark 16: 15- 16, Acts 1: 4-5).

Carl F. H. Henry said, “The Gospel is only good news, if it gets there in time.” When I heard this for the first time, it shook me to my core. Although the Gospel is fundamentally good news to all who believe, this demonstrates the impact of the Gospel for those who don’t believe. And yet, there are countless places on the earth where it is illegal to preach the Gospel. Most of the eastern hemisphere is closed to Gospel of Jesus Christ,  meaning there is an extreme and serious punishment for those preaching, converting, or even sharing the good news of Jesus.

The Gospel is only Good News, if it gets there in time.
— Carl F. H. Henry

At YWAM, everything we do is saturated in this first value because we desire all people to hear and understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our belief in this value leads us to training new missionaries to preach/teach the Gospel, sending short-term and long-term teams, and equipping young people to live Christ-centered lives in every sphere of society.

There are 3.14 billion people in this world who are unreached by the Gospel of Jesus Christ (joshuaproject.net). This means that 3.14 billion people haven’t heard the good news that they deserve to hear. These people need to hear about the free gift of righteousness, relationship, and eternal life that God offers.

Every saved person this side of heaven, owes the Gospel to every unsaved person this side of hell.
— David Platt

If this means that we have to hike to the most remote regions of a nation, or eat food that freaks us out, or even lay down our rights to wear what we want - we will do so. We will do whatever it takes to make Jesus known in the nations and to fulfill this basic right for all people, everywhere.

As Youth With a Mission, we affirm this right and we are committed to fulfilling it.

 

How can you be a part of unleashing this right into the world?

  • Send and pray for a missionary!

  • Pray for those  unreached by the Gospel -- that God would send laborers into the field (Luke 10:2) and that God would ready the soil, that they will hear the Gospel and that it would take root and grow. (Mark 4:20).

  • Make disciples in your community (Check out Multiply Movement at http://multiplymovement.com/).

  • Go! Do a DTS with us!


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Mandie M.

Mandie is on staff here at YWAM Yosemite where she did her DTS in the Fall of 2015. She has studied Ministry Development and the Bible through YWAM. She has a huge heart for Thailand, teaching, people, and laughter.