Jim Denison on the Surprising Location of the World’s Fastest-Growing Church

This sinister regime must be wiped off the map and this is no longer … a dream (but) it is an achievable goal.” This was the declaration of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps commander, Gen. Hossein Salami. He added that his country has “managed to obtain the capacity to destroy the imposter Zionist regime.”

Americans might read Gen. Salami’s statements as political posturing. In Israel, they do not have that luxury.

When I was in the Holy Land last week, I asked several of my Israeli friends to identify the external threat that most concerns them. Each of them answered instantly and emphatically: “Iran.”

The Israeli government agrees, stating: “Iran publicly denies the Holocaust, and is the only country that openly calls for the annihilation of another state—the State of Israel. Furthermore, Iran has been developing and testing rockets that it boasts can, and will, be used to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.”

But the good news in Iran is both remarkable and surprising.

THE FASTEST-GROWING CHURCH IN THE WORLD

If I asked you to name the country with the fastest-growing church in the world, would you put the Islamic Republic of Iran at the top of your list? According to Sheep Among Wolves, a two-hour documentary about the revival taking place within Iran, you should.

Frontier Alliance International (FAI) produced the documentary and supports disciple-making teams targeting the unchurched and unengaged. FAI points to researchers who believe the underground church in Iran is the fastest-growing Christian church in the world. Even Iran’s intelligence minister agrees that Christianity is spreading in his country.

Three factors explain this remarkable spiritual awakening and offer us steps to take in joining this movement where we live today.

ONE: THE COMMITMENT TO DISCIPLE-MAKING

Christian leaders in Iran do not seek converts but disciples. One Iranian church leader explains: “If you plant churches you might make disciples. But if you make disciples, you will plant churches.”

Their disciple-making movement leads people to become “conformed to the image of Christ and sanctified. They are not just reading the Bible for information. They are reading the Bible to get transformed.” As a result, “Our model inside Iran is that we don’t convert to disciple, we disciple so we can convert.”

According to one Iranian leader, about 55 percent of the disciple makers are women: “They are leading this movement, going out in the highways and byways sharing with prostitutes, drug addicts, with everybody they come into contact with, and that takes courage. They are courageous women.”

How are you making disciples today?

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Source: Christian Headlines