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Pressure Points: Twelve Global Issues Shaping the Face of the Church Paperback – July 23, 2013
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In Pressure Points: Twelve Global Issues Shaping the Face of the Church, missiologist J.D. Payne identifies and describes twelve of the most critical matters facing the church in the first half of this century. Our response is a matter of stewardship, and the stakes are high.
The twelve pressure points are:
1. Unreached People Groups -- At present, two billion people on earth have never heard the name of Jesus. there are still 6,426 people groups that remain unreached with the gospel.
2. The West as a Mission Field -- Within recent decades, the church in the West has been experiencing significant decline, while other religions have grown, as well as the number of those who claim to hold no religion.
3. Growth of the Majority World Church -- The largest numbers of followers of Christ live outside of the western countries.
4. Pluralism and the Plurality of Faiths -- The presence of other faith systems, and the view that there are many paths to God, present challenges to the Church's trust in the exclusivity of Christ, and our missionary practice.
5. International Migration -- At the moment, 3% of the world's peoples reside outside of their countries of birth. The majority of these peoples are moving to western countries and represent some of the world's unreached and least reached peoples.
6. Globalization -- Globalization has transformed travel and communication, and has transformed how people live throughout the world.
7. Poverty -- The separation between the "haves" and "have nots" is increasing.Read more ›
Pressure Points lays out twelve of the global issues shaping the face of the church today, which is to say, twelve of the global issues that already are, and will continue to, impact the advancement of the gospel in the twenty-first century. Christians do not get to choose the issues that we must respond to or adapt to; however, we are able to choose how we will respond to them. Each of these issues represents a pressure point and with each point comes the possibility of success or failure, of responding well or responding poorly. Payne says, "While the church does not have control over the macro-level contextual issues of each generation, her response to them is a matter of kingdom stewardship."
While we have seen many books like this in the past--books that describe contemporary challenges to Christianity's advance--Pressure Points stands out in its positive tone. This is not a lament for what was or what should be. It is not a complaint about current realities. It is simply a realistic assessment of ways the world is changing and the new realities it presents. Payne believes the church's best days are ahead and that each of these pressure points represents a great opportunity for the gospel.Read more ›
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I like JD Payne. I find his writing helpful but rarely material I could not find on my own with not so in-depth research. Lots of lists...Published 21 months ago by Mark
Great source of concise and profound information for the external pressures that will impact the way the church will finish the task.Published on March 4, 2014 by Fabio Katayama