According to Pew Research, out of a total world population of 7 billion people, 2.2 billion are followers of Christ, and 1.6 billion are followers of Islam. The fastest area of Christianity’s growth is in Africa. Today, more than 500 million Christians live in Africa, and by 2050 that continent will be more than 50% Christian. Some African countries are today recruiting missionaries to take the Gospel into Europe and the Americas. When the apostle Paul finally reached Rome after his missionary travels, he gathered the Jewish leaders together, hoping to persuade them to accept Jesus Christ is their Messiah. Some did, but most did not. At the end of the day, the apostleseemed disappointed that not more of them were persuaded. He ended his dialogue by predicting that Gentiles would accept the Gospel he preached. Indeed, many Gentiles have come to faith since that day. Jesus said, “The Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14, NLT). Today, it is our privilege and responsibility to help spread the central message of Jesus Christ’s Kingdom—that faith in Him can bring forgiveness of sin and the power to treat others with love and justice.
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