Bible Study in an Unreached People Group
What is it like to study the Bible in a place where very few know anything about Jesus? What is it like to live in a culture where one faces the possibility of being socially ostracized on a daily basis?
Yesterday I had a Bible study with a couple of young Christian men. In studying John 9 I raised the issue of persecution for faith in Christ. As we discussed what the man and his parents faced in this chapter, I asked them what they were experiencing. Suddenly, one of the members stood up, pointed at the other, and in a loud gruff voice demanded, "WHAT HAVE YOU TO SAY ABOUT HIM?! IT WAS YOURS EYES HE OPENED, RIGHT?!" (v.17)
As I started smiling - thinking it was a joke, without hesitation and in absolute seriousness the other answered calmly and resolutely, "He is Jesus, the Christ, my Savior and my Lord." The first shot back, "WE KNOW YOU ARE A LIAR. ARE YOU READY TO DIE FOR YOUR FALSE BELIEF?!"
Again the answer came back calmly, "Judge for yourselves if I be truthful or am I liar, all I know is that I was once blind and now I see!"
It was a powerful reminder to be ready at all times to give an answer for the hope that is in us.