5k: WHAT IS CHURCH? The Coming Of Global Christianity

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Dear Christian Friend around the World,
Here is  some rare footage of illegal underground churches in China sent via a friend of mine Chris Bell in Brisbane Australia. This footage will mess with your idea of what it means to love God. This footage is is AWESOME!! The footage can be seen at:
http://christianvideotv.com/this-rare-footage-of-illegal-chinese-house-churches-will-mess-with-your-idea-of-what-it-means-to-love-god

When I received, I wrote this reply back to her which speaks to all of us:

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(Source: CBN) –

September 11th focused a lot of attention on the growth of Islam. What most pundits and scholars have missed is the incredible growth of Christianity, and where it’s growing. We like to think of ourselves as the Christian West. But there is growing evidence that the centre of Christendom has moved. Africans are running to accept Jesus Christ. It is a scene playing out all across the developing world.

It may sound like an exaggeration, but it’s not: Christianity is sweeping across the southern hemisphere and Asia like a tidal wave. “The scale of Christian growth is almost unimaginable,” said Dr. Philip Jenkins, distinguished professor of History and Religious Studies at Penn State University.

Jenkins shocked and probably panicked some of America’s political and media elite with his acclaimed book, The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity. Jenkins argues the greatest movement of the past century was not communism or capitalism. Do the math and the winner is Spirit-filled Christianity, or what he terms in his study as “Pentecostalism.” “The modern Pentecostal movement begins at the start of the 20th century,” Jenkins said. “So say this begins with a few hundred, a few thousand people. Today you’re dealing with several hundred million people, and the best projections are by 2040’s or 2050’s, you could be dealing with a billion Pentecostals worldwide. By that stage there will be more Pentecostals than Hindus. There are already more Pentecostals than Buddhists.” Jenkins says in just 20 years, two-thirds of all Christians will live in Africa, Latin America or Asia.”

Back in 1900, there were about 10 million Christians in Africa, representing about 10 percent of the population. Today there are 360 million, representing just under half the population. That is one of the most important changes in religious history, and I think most of us didn’t notice it,” he said. A lot of people still haven’t noticed it. When scandal or controversy hits an American church, the U.S. news media tends to treat it like a worldwide crisis for that denomination.

But it is not a crisis for those churches in the developing world. Most of them are not gripped by debates over homosexuality or abortion that is a problem for European and American liberals – they believe the Bible. “The Bible is alive in Africa and Asia and Latin America,”

Jenkins said. “Overwhelmingly, this kind of Christianity is one which is very Bible-centred, which takes the Bible very seriously, takes authority very seriously, both the Old and the New Testament, in a way which I don’t think western Christianity has done probably since the Enlightenment.” But the growth of Christianity threatens Islam, and Christians are being slaughtered in places like Nigeria and Indonesia.

Jenkins thinks the conflict will intensify in nations where the two faiths compete. And he debunks the notion that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. Christianity is growing faster.” If you look at the 25 most populous countries in the world in the mid-21st century, 20 of those are going to be divided to a greater or lesser extent between Christianity and Islam,” Jenkins said.

Then there is China. There are about 80 million Christians in China, according to former Time Magazine Correspondent David Aikman, who predicts China will be a Christianized nation in 20 to 30 years. He does not predict a Christian majority, but a China that is 25 to 30 percent Christian. Enough, he says, to change society and government. “If you have a Christianized China, the leadership of China would reflect a Christian worldview to some degree,” Aikman said. “A China that’s Christianized would not be a threat to the United States.”

And Aikman says the Chinese church leaders have a burden to take the gospel the rest of the way across the globe, to the Muslims. “It’s part of a sense that they call ‘back to Jerusalem,” Aikman said. “They believe that just as the gospel originally came out of Jerusalem and went to the West and to North America and Europe and came to China, now the Chinese need to bring it back to Jerusalem, not in the sense of evangelizing the Jewish, but in the sense of completing the circle so that the gospel message is available to everybody in the world.”

Imagine Chinese reaching the Muslims, Koreans evangelizing Indians, Africans taking the gospel back to a largely godless Europe. African Matthew Ashimolowo is the pastor of the fastest growing church in England. “God is sending people who used to receive missionaries to now be missionaries around the world,” Ashimolowo said. Kenyan Bishop Gilbert Dya has one of the largest churches in London. “I am in this country, believing that God sent me here in Great Britain to make a voice on His behalf to let them know that they need to repent and come back to God,” he said.

The developing world is not only a growing base for world Missions, Jenkins says it is becoming the centre of Christendom again. “Jesus said His church would last until the end of time. He never used the word, ‘ Europe .’ Christianity is returning, I think, to its roots. It is a religion that originated in the Middle East and in Africa . Perhaps it went away for a while, but now it’s back,” Jenkins said.

-{Source: CBN}

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Summary and Implications:

  • There is growing evidence that the centre of Christendom has moved. Africans are running to accept Jesus Christ. It is a scene playing out all across the developing world.

  • Christianity is sweeping across the southern hemisphere and Asia like a tidal wave.

  • The scale of Christian growth is almost unimaginable

  • Dr. Philip Jenkins, distinguished professor of History and Religious Studies at Penn State University ….. Jenkins shocked and probably panicked some of America’s political and media elite with his acclaimed book, The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity. Jenkins argues the greatest movement of the past century was not communism or capitalism but global Christianity.

  • The winner is Spirit-filled Christianity, or what he terms in his study as “Pentecostalism.”

  • Jenkins says in just 20 years, two-thirds of all Christians will live in Africa, Latin America or Asia

  • “The Bible is alive in Africa and Asia and Latin America ,” Jenkins said. “Overwhelmingly, this kind of Christianity is one which is very Bible-centred, which takes the Bible very seriously, takes authority very seriously, both the Old and the New Testament, in a way which I don’t think western Christianity has done probably since the Enlightenment.” But the growth of Christianity threatens Islam, and Christians are being slaughtered in places like Nigeria and Indonesia.

  • Jenkins thinks the conflict will intensify in nations where the two faiths compete. And he debunks the notion that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. Christianity is growing faster.”

  • Then there is China. There are about 80 million Christians in China, according to former Time Magazine Correspondent David Aikman, who predicts China will be a Christianized nation in 20 to 30 years.

  • Aikman says the Chinese church leaders have a burden to take the gospel to the rest of the way across the globe, to the Muslims. “It’s part of a sense that they call ‘back to Jerusalem,’” Aikman said. “They believe that just as the gospel originally came out of Jerusalem and went to the West and to North America and Europe and came to China, now the Chinese need to bring it back to Jerusalem, not in the sense of evangelizing the Jewish, but in the sense of completing the circle so that the gospel message is available to everybody in the world.”

  • The developing world is not only a growing base for world Missions, Jenkins says it is becoming the centre of Christendom again. “Jesus said His church would last until the end of time. He never used the word, ‘ Europe.’ Christianity is returning, I think, to its roots. It is a religion that originated in the Middle East and in Africa. Perhaps it went away for a while, but now it’s back,” Jenkins said.

  • The coming global Christianity is focussed on the resurrected Jesus Christ and on the Holy Spirit who He gave to be His personal representative to each person here on earth. It is Spirit-filled Christianity and not a ritualised, hierarchal Christianity that has Corporation view of itself. This Christianity is about coming ‘Out of Spirituality into a Relationship with the infinite personal God’ through the Holy Spirit. Things happen in this Christianity …. as recorded in the first Gospels written after Jesus Christ.

  • People have dramatic turnarounds in their lives ….. lives are turned upside down from the inside – out

  • There many miracles like people being healed on the spot when prayed for

  • Miraculous provisions

  • Leading by prophetic words, visions and dreams ( you don’t need the Internet to know things when God can show you directly by His Holy Spirit) In the first Century, it was the Christians who turned the world upside down amidst a lot of persecutions and sufferings. The same is happening in our day on a far greater scale. This why Christianity is sweeping across the southern hemisphere and Asia like a tidal wave.

  • This Christianity is Communal rather being Corporate

  • There is real sense of servanthood ….. of being there for other people ….. of great value being placed on others which includes even you enemies (Jesus said love your enemies)

We have moved from the Church Age back to the Kingdom Age with the simple teachings of Jesus Christ where He went everywhere preaching the Gospel (Good News) of the Kingdom (Matthew 4:17)

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