This is from the General Assembly message, last Thursday.
What a generation we live in – a generation of great opportunity!
42% of the world’s population is under 25, half in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
The median age of the global population is 28.
The average Christian in the world is not male but female, not white but brown or black, third-world, not first-world…and far more Pentecostal than Presbyterian. The “average” Christian in the world today is a 22-year old brown female. She has not been to a Passion conference; she has not read CS Lewis or Christianity Today; she has not read your blog, nor mine, and does not go to Starbucks to work on sermons, or care one bit about alternative endings to Game of Thrones, or if the latest lyric from Hillsongs agrees with our confessional standards. She is likely the vessel God will use to prophesy to the next generation and she and her people are probably fashioning the Church that will re-evangelize the Northern West.
She’s not afraid of suffering either: Over 215 million believers are persecuted with intimidation, prison, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ across the world. Open Doors USA lists the top 10 persecutors of Christians… Islamic Extremists, but also Hindu Nationalists, the North Koreans, the Chinese Government…even South American drug cartels that send murderers to kill Evangelists because they know converts will give up their drugs and criminal activity.
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