July 6 2017
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith. .
. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who
promised is faithful” ~Heb. 10: 22a, 23.
As the first year
of our 10-year vision is coming to an end, we praise God for his faithfulness.
A goal to see at least one billion men and women gain the opportunity to hear,
understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ is no small vision. It is
a vision that requires bold and unwavering faith; it is a vision that requires
We live in a society
that is content to let things be, to not cause problems, and be tolerant. With
the magnitude of distractions that are thrown our way every day, maintaining a
firm faith that does not waver is no small challenge. Being an intentional
witness can become a challenge for many Christians because of the numerous
distractions we find ourselves facing and the rejection we fear we will receive
from the few people who do seem to listen. But the answer is not to remain
silent, the answer is to pick up our swords and fight for this vision.
One billion people
will not hear about the Gospel if we settle for being content.
In spite of the
difficult and testing circumstances that we know will be encountered, because
we have an enemy who doesn't want our vision accomplished, I pray that we
continue to be people of unwavering faith. The enemy wants our vision to fail,
but we have a God who is far more powerful than any enemy who wants the
Billion.Global Vision to succeed. Prayer is powerful, and prayer is key to
achieving the vision of reaching at least one billion people by the year 2026.
Will you join us
in prayer for this visions' success and growth?
By Bob Fetherlin,
President of One Mission Society
Go to Billion.Global to become a part of the movement or to sign
up to receive monthly prayer updates.
November 13 2015
Frequently Asked Questions
ONE BILLION - ONE OPPORTUNITY VISION
Does this mean OMS is aiming to see one billion people make decisions for
Christ over a 10-year period?
this would be wonderful, it is not the intended objective. Jesus said in
Matthew 7:14, “Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only
a few find it.” If one billion people are given the opportunity to understand
and respond, the number who actually decide through repentance and saving faith
to become followers of Jesus will be sadly much less. Our goal is to give one
billion people the opportunity to hear and understand the Good News.
FAQ 2: Is this going to change our OMS mission
statement, making evangelism our primary focus instead of discipleship?
No. In the Great Commission, evangelism and discipleship are
intimately linked. One does not stand on its own without the other. The intent,
therefore, is to keep the OMS mission statement as is. OMS missionaries are
called to be involved in both proclaiming the Good News and in making disciples.
We are also called to raise up and train others to be involved, which reflects the
God-given vision of our founder Charles Cowman and his strategy of equipping
the sons and daughters of a nation to reach their own people. This was
exemplified in OMS’ God-sized vision in the early 1900s with the Great Village
Campaign in Japan. During this six-year campaign, OMS reached out to every home
in Japan with the Word of God, and thousands made decisions for Christ.
3: How will the one billion opportunities be counted?
a huge challenge, especially when working with many global partners who value
metrics differently. We are seeking God’s wisdom and guidance in our efforts to
establish good metrics to track progress toward the one billion. This question
must be, and will be, answered with clarity.
Is this going to be a uniquely OMS effort?
is small compared to this big vision. It will take much more in the way of
human and financial resources than what OMS has. It will take God’s power at
work (Zechariah 4:6). The engagement of many OMS partner churches around the
globe will be needed. There will also be a need for other alliances and
When does the 10-year clock start ticking?
in the way of strategic preparation is already underway. OMS leaders are asking
God to enable a global impact that’s completely disproportionate to who OMS is,
all for his glory. The 10-year period in which we’re trusting him to fulfill
this vision, and during which we’ll use helpful metrics to measure progress
toward the one billion, begins July 1, 2016.
What are some of the greatest threats to this vision being carried
This must be all about Christ, not about us.
– Without it, we fail to be what he desires and to accomplish what honors him.
discipleship – An intentional journey of discipleship within a Christ-centered
community of faith is an absolute, biblical necessity to which OMS is deeply
How would OMS leaders respond to the criticism, “Given the size of OMS
and its resources, and all the opposition that will come, this vision is
light of who God is, the promises he has made to those who love and obey him,
and the mission he has given to his church, we are prepared to face criticism
and opposition. Spiritual warfare will be involved as we call people from
darkness to the light of Christ. We know he is, and will be, with us. The
pursuit of this vision, which we believe he has given, will be a test of our
joyful confidence in him.
What if we fail?
we will unless God is intimately and powerfully involved. What’s of greater
value: to pursue a vision that’s aligned with our resources and can be carried
out in our finite wisdom and strength, or to pursue a God-sized vision that
aligns with his heart and can only be carried out if he’s in it? Moving from
pessimism to optimism, what if we succeed? Thinking about this leads to
9: Where does intercession fit into all
of its vital importance in the work of God, prayer will be the first and
primary work in the pursuit of this vision. Prayerlessness will lead to certain
failure, to a carnal effort instead of a Spirit-empowered one. That’s why it’s
essential that we stop, drop, and pray daily for God’s help in this.
10: What is Stop, Drop, and Pray all about?
asking each of you to take some time every day to stop what you are doing, drop
into an attitude of prayer … or physically to your knees, if you choose … and
pray that God will enable the opportunities to share the Gospel with one
billion people in the next 10 years.
11: How do I get information from OMS to pray specifically for this vision and
the ministry of One Mission Society?
Go to www.onemissionsociety.org/1billion to sign up for a short monthly prayer
update . . . with the assurance that extraneous, unsolicited emails will not be
sent. Rather, the purpose of the monthly prayer emails is to fuel intercession
for this effort.
What can I do now to help? Pray …
we would be enthralled with God, not with a vision.
would daily put to death all that is of self and the flesh so that Christ can
be exalted through us, so that we’re living for him and in him.
would give supernatural favor as potential partners are approached about being
involved in carrying out this vision.
God would amazingly provide the needed people and finances to do this.
this vision would be fulfilled for the honor and glory of Christ! “The earth
will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God as the waters cover the
sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).
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