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  • WhyWhy the LCMS?

  • What is Ablaze!?A Worldwide MovementAblaze! is a worldwide movement among confessional Lutherans to reach 100 million unreached and/or uncommitted people with the Gospel by 2017, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

  • The GoalRelated goals: Start 2,000 new congregations in the US Start 3,000 new congregations overseas Revitalize 2,000 existing LCMS congregations

    2004 LCMS conventionReach 100 million people

  • Justification by faithFor we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law (Rom. 3:28).Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ (Rom. 10:17).Why Ablaze!?

  • Why Ablaze!?It is Gods desire that all be saved (1 Tim. 2:4) only under the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). 2004 Res. 1-01A

  • Why Ablaze!? Our Lord has given all the baptized opportunity and responsibility to spread the GospelYou are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9).All Christians are to share the Good News with friends, relatives, co-workers, and anyone else with whom they have opportunity.

  • The people of the world are in desperate need of the Gospel. (2004 Res. 1-04)UrgencyStatistics taken from www.adherents.comSalvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)

  • Hostility towards Christianity is growing.On the International levelThe time to act is now.

  • On the National level Many in the United States are also unreached.

    God is bringing many without faith to our shores.The time is ripe to plant new ministries and revitalize old ones.

  • God is bringing many without faith to our shores.Faith-sharing is not a thing Lutherans do naturallyThis is what Ablaze! is changing

  • Why the LCMS?Our ConstitutionLCMS Constitution, Art. III states: The Synod, under Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions, shall strengthen congregations and their members in giving bold witness by word and deed to the love and work of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and extend that Gospel witness into all the world.

  • Congregations areOur congregations, ministries, and schools are not only ministries for the teaching and edification of the saints but provide the foundation for the laity to be involved in mission. (2004 Res. 1-02)mission outposts

  • you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts1:8b)

  • What does it mean to be a mission outpost?As mission outposts, congregations will equip their people for mission in their own Jerusalem.

  • How are we doing in Ablaze!?

  • Asia Ablaze! Summit in Hong Kong

  • Here at HomeMore than 1,500 of the 6,000-plus LCMS congregations have embraced Ablaze! in their own mission programs, in Bible study, and in training lay people for outreach.

  • Resources on the Ablaze! Web site www.lcms.org/ablazeSuited to the Congregational setting:50 Days Ablaze! Groups Ablaze!Friendship Ablaze!

  • Start-Up to Ablaze! Ideas Resource lists online:Individuals Ablaze! Personal Evangelism toolsCongregations Ablaze!Ablaze! Idea-starters3. Districts Ablaze! Idea checklist for congregations

    Resources on the Ablaze! Web site

  • Why tell you?Mutual EncouragementStand firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the Gospel (Phil. 1:27).

  • Why tell you?Everyday more than 155,000 people die worldwide.UrgencyWe are called to be ambassadors for Christ.

  • Why tell you?Everyday more than 155,000 people die worldwide.UrgencyWe are called to be ambassadors for Christ.How much time do we have?

  • Net migration rate:3.18 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2006 est.) Estimated population of the U.S. 298,444,215 (July 2006 est.)These statistics were taken from www.adherents.com. (Sizes shown are approximate estimates, and are here mainly for the purpose of ordering the groups, not providing a definitive number. This list is sociological/statistical in perspective.) The actual numbers are: Christianity: 2.1 billion, Islam: 1.3 billion, Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist: 1.1 billion, Hinduism: 900 million, Chinese traditional religion: 394 million, Buddhism: 376 million, primal-indigenous: 300 million, African Traditional & Diasporic: 100 million, Sikhism: 23 million, Juche: 19 million, Spiritism: 15 million, Judaism: 14 million, Baha'i: 7 million, Jainism: 4.2 million, Shinto: 4 million, Cao Dai: 4 million, Zoroastrianism: 2.6 million, Tenrikyo: 2 million, Neo-Paganism: 1 million, Unitarian-Universalism: 800 thousand, Rastafarianism: 600 thousand, and Scientology: 500 thousand.Add stories of persecution of the Church. Second photo: This church in Ambon is one of many that have been demolished in Indonesia. Churches are continually being closed down or burned to prevent believers from worshipping. Third photo: Gunmen shot dead seven believers at a Christian charity in Karachi on September 25, 2002, drawing international attention to the plight of Christians in Pakistan.

    Persecution Against Christian Converts in Iran Escalating

    Indian Christians have expressed deep concern over the increasing attacks on Christian Churches by violent mobs across India.Last February, an unidentified mob raided a Catholic Church in Nadia district, 75 kilometers north of Calcutta, the capital of West Bengal state, reported the state inspector-general of police Raj Kanojia to the Russia newspaper Pravda. Exactly one week before this attack in West Bengal state, three Bible distributors were brutally attacked in Mumbai, state of Maharashtra in the west of India, a report by the Pakistan Christian Post unveiled.

    The three members from the Panvel Brethren Church Biju Jacob, Reji Paul, and Shaji Samuel were beaten up by over 30 young people. They were distributing Bible and Gospel tracts on the street in Panvel district from their vehicle on the evening of Nov. 26. Net migration rate:3.18 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2006 est.) Estimated population of the U.S. 298,444,215 (July 2006 est.)Net migration rate:3.18 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2006 est.) Estimated population of the U.S. 298,444,215 (July 2006 est.)Net migration rate:3.18 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2006 est.) Estimated population of the U.S. 298,444,215 (July 2006 est.)

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