Awesome Message, but Dissimilar Situations pt 2 Three exceptions to my previous comment though: 1) for native believers in 'mission field' countries, this is absolutely a perfect sermon. 2) if Christians in America take hold of this message AND make a proactive effort to reach unreached people groups that are living within our country, it can be effective. Those new believers can then act as ambassadors for Christ among their own people. 3) American Christians can reach out to the unreached in other countries online as long as they are sensitive to cultural differences and not too much gets lost in translation.
I believe that the message you preached is happening in many places around the world and many believers are living like those first Christians. The church in China has grown like crazy in the last 50 years. About 90% of all pioneer mission work is being done by the native believers inside their own countries.
So if the audience is Americans, it's not really a 'mission strategy', but it can bring revival to our nation and it is a good message for all evangelization efforts everywhere.
Awesome Message, but Dissimilar Situations This is an awesome message that every Christian should take notice of. However, if this is your 'strategy' for missions (I'm guessing you probably wouldn't call it a strategy, but more like Christians just acting like real Christians and following Jesus' commands), there is one major difference between the first 200 years and today that was sticking out like a pink bunny in a field of green grass. During those first 200 years, Christianity spread within the Roman empire. They generally had the same culture and language. Today, in order to fulfill the Great Commission, our primary focus needs to be on the 2.7 billion people who are unreached with the Good News. They mostly reside outside our 'empire' (the United States) in Asia, Middle East, and North Africa. In order to reach those people, we Americans can't just do as the Romans did and be faithful and serious about our own Christian walk where we are in order to be great missionaries. It is a different situation.