Facing the world's five evil giants!
By Rick and Kay Warren

The world is full of problems. Some are small and some are huge. As Kay and I considered the problems facing the world today, we concluded there are five giants -- five pervasive problems that affect billions of people.
These are the ones we want to tackle, believing God gets the most glory when we attack the biggest giants. These problems are so huge that they can only be addressed with total dependence on God and with all of us -- your congregation and mine, Christians all around the world -- working together to confront them.
Here are the giant problems, as we see them:
1. The first global giant is spiritual darkness.
Here’s a startling truth: Billions of people have never even heard the name of Jesus Christ. Three thousand distinct people groups around our world wouldn’t even know the name of Jesus if they heard it.
“Who is that?” they’d ask. “What’s so significant about that name?”
These people know nothing about Jesus or about God. If you were one of those who had never heard the name of Jesus, wouldn’t you want somebody to come tell you about our Savior, our Lord? The Bible says in Romans 10:14 (NCV), “Before people can ask the Lord for help, they must believe in him; and before they can believe in him, they must hear about him; and for them to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them.”
The greatest giant in our world today is the fact that billions of people do not know Jesus Christ.
2. The second giant we want to tackle is the lack of servant leaders around the world.
Around the world, there are plenty of people in leadership who abuse their power. Many refuse to use their power for the good of their people -- instead they choose to use it for themselves. This has created chaos in the world.
Leaders must have moral basis. They must have wisdom. Proverbs 11:14 (NLT) says, “Without wise leadership, a nation falls.” Proverbs 16:12b (Msg) says, “Sound leadership has a moral foundation.” And Zechariah 10:2 (TEV) says, “People wander around like lost sheep. They are in trouble because they have no leader.”
In the developing world there are 2.1 million pastors and church leaders. Of those, 1.9 million have never had any training at all. Not only have these leaders not gone to seminary or Bible school, they haven’t even gone to high school or primary school. They have no training whatsoever -- and yet they lead the church. This must be remedied.

3. The third giant we’re going after is poverty.

More than half of the world -- that’s three billion people -- live on less than two dollars a day. One-sixth of the world’s population lives in slums. Those are heart-breaking statistics. Proverbs 28:7 (NIV) says, “The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.”
It’s easy to live in a bubble and think the rest of the world lives like we do. When we go about our daily lives forgetting how most of the world lives, we tend to judge people for being poor. Job 12:5 (GW) says, “A person who has an easy life [that would be you and me] has no appreciation for misfortune. He thinks it is the fate of those who slip up.”
Tell that to the parents of 10 million little girls who’ve been sold into prostitution in Southeast Asia. Their families exist in such grinding poverty they see no other way to feed their families than to sell their little girls into prostitution. It’s a horrible existence.

4. The fourth giant we want to attack is disease.

Billions suffer the effects of famine and drought. They are homeless, hungry, and helpless. They’re ill. We can do something about that.
Psalm 38:6-11 (GW) says, “I am bent over and bowed down very low. ... My insides are filled with burning pain, and no healthy spot is left on my body. I am numb and completely devastated. ... I’ve lost my strength. Even the light of my eyes has left me. My loved ones and my friends keep their distance and my relatives stand far away because of my sickness.”

We have seen the effects of poverty as we've traveled. We’ve seen the effects of people with HIV/AIDS. The stigma is enormous. People are abandoned by their own families. Their bodies slowly waste away from opportunistic infections. As Christians we cannot ignore these people.
Ezekiel 34:4 (TEV) says, “You have not taken care of the weak ones, healed the ones that are sick, bandaged the ones that are hurt, brought back the ones that wandered off, or looked for the ones that were lost. Instead, you treated them cruelly.”

5. The fifth giant we want to tackle is ignorance.
Over half the world is still illiterate. How can a country grow and be strong economically when its citizens can’t read, can’t write, and don’t know the fundamentals of math and science that we take for granted? It’s no wonder these countries aren’t strong. Hosea 4:6 (NIV) says, “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” There’s a desperate need for teachers and schools and materials to help people grow.

These five giants can be toppled. We can make a difference.

Biblical foundation for the P.E.A.C.E. Plan

God has a history of calling into his service incredibly average men and women. This is demonstrated over and over in the pages of the Bible.

"Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful." (1 Corinthians 1:26-27, NLT)

The other truth that supports the elements of P.E.A.C.E. is that every believer is a minister of God’s good news. In the Apostle Paul’s words, every believer is a missionary!

"All this newness of life is from God, who brought us back to himself through what Christ did. And God has given us the task of reconciling people to him." (2 Corinthians 5:18, NLT)

And finally, Jesus practiced P.E.A.C.E., and the P.E.A.C.E. strategy is clearly seen through his actions.

Planting churches - Jesus was the antidote for spiritual blindness
"Jesus said to the people, 'I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.'" (John 8:12, NLT)

“…I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out.” (Matthew 16:18, Msg)

"…the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places." (Ephesians 3:10, NAS)

Equipping Servant leaders - Jesus called out and mentored leaderless people
"Jesus called out to them, 'Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people!'" (Mark 1:17, NLT)

"And you are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because servants do not know what their master is doing. Instead, I call you friends." (John 15:14-16, GNB)

"When he went ashore, he saw a large multitude, and he felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd." (Mark 6:34, NAS)

Assisting the poor - Jesus identified with people of poverty
"You know how full of love and kindness our Lord Jesus Christ was. Though he was very rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich." (2 Corinthians 8:9, NLT)

Jesus said, "Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!" (Matthew 5:3, GNB)

"Then [Jesus] turned to his host. 'When you put on a luncheon or a dinner,' he said, 'don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will repay you by inviting you back. Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Then at the resurrection of the godly, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.''' (Luke 14:12-14, NLT)

Caring for the sick - Jesus restored health to people with sickness or disease
"He healed people who had every kind of sickness and disease. News about him spread far beyond the borders of Galilee so that the sick were soon coming to be healed from as far away as Syria. And whatever their illness and pain, or if they were possessed by demons, or were epileptics, or were paralyzed—he healed them all." (Matthew 4:23-24, NLT)

Educating the next generation - Jesus taught people who lacked understanding
"After Jesus finished speaking, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, for he taught as one who had real authority—quite unlike the teachers of religious law." (Matthew 7:28-29, NLT)

"When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were utterly amazed. They said, 'Where did this man get all these things? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What great miracles are being done by his hands!'" (Mark 6:2, ISV)

What makes P.E.A.C.E. so different?

The elements of P.E.A.C.E. are not new or different than traditional missions. The difference is not so much in what is done, but rather both how it is done and who does it. The acronym “P.L.A.N.S.” details some of the key values that make the P.E.A.C.E. Plan so revolutionary.
Purpose Driven
• Based on the five biblical purposes (worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and mission) being expressed personally, through small group life, and in the church.
• Committed to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
• Every member living “on-mission” through the P.E.A.C.E. Plan.

Led by small groups
• Small group driven: all small groups accept, support, and direct P.E.A.C.E.
• Every small group living out the five biblical purposes where “mission” is fulfilled through P.E.A.C.E.
• Reproducible methods and tools that everyone in a small group can be easily trained to utilize.
Attacks the global giants
• All five global giants are addressed holistically.
• All five giants are attacked globally by local church members.
• Led by the Holy Spirit for the global glory of God.

Networks church to church
• Local church members to local church members.
• Believers modelling and equipping other believers for P.E.A.C.E.
• External help is intentionally short-term.
• Sustainability and reproducibility depends on utilizing local resources in the field.
Sends to the whole world
• Exponential thinking is required to be worldwide.
• Sending is for every church and every believer in their Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to all the world.
• Sends to unreached peoples and least-reached areas of the world.

Personal P.E.A.C.E. Plan

The P.E.A.C.E. Plan begins with Christians understanding how the Great Commission of Jesus impacts life on a daily basis. What does it mean to live “on-mission” 24/7?

The P.E.A.C.E. Plan has three components to help every believer be a world-class Christian:

1. Personal P.E.A.C.E.
2. Local P.E.A.C.E.
3. Global P.E.A.C.E.

Personal P.E.A.C.E. is what each person can do within their circles of influence as it relates to the five areas (planting churches, equipping leaders, assisting the poor, caring for the sick, and educating the next generation.) Below is a list of suggestions you can use today to begin living on-mission in each of the five areas. These are given just as examples to get you started. Use your creativity to add new actions for each area!
Plant Churches. What I can do...
• Believe God could use me to host a new group!
• Begin praying for two to four people who do not have a relationship with Jesus.
• Invite them to my new small group (using Purpose Driven curriculum.)
• Seek opportunities to share the Good News through my testimony.
• Invite and bring someone to an evangelistic church service.
Equip Servant Leaders. What I can do...
• Invite two to four believers to share the responsibility of my small group.
• Encourage them to pair up as spiritual partners to grow in God’s five purposes for their lives, using the Purpose Driven Spiritual Health Assessment.
• Help a believer take their next steps with God in their spiritual journey.
• Give someone The Purpose Driven Life for discussion.
• Meet with someone over coffee to share what God is doing in my life.
• Invite and bring them to my small group.
Assist the Poor. What I can do...
• Pray for people in my spheres of influence that are in financial need.
• Ask God to make me aware of people living in poverty around me and commit some of my time, talent, and money (beyond my tithe) to assist these people on a regular basis.
• Seek to help them in practical ways through job searches, budget planning, or assisting in debt reduction.
• Teach them a new skill or provide tools through classes or training.
Care for the Sick. What I can do...
• Do an act of practical kindness to someone I know who is sick: take them a meal, offer to shuttle them to the doctor, do errands or shopping for them, watch their children, or send an encouraging note.
• Pray for healing, strength, comfort, and peace with those I know who are physically suffering.
• Commit to praying daily for two weeks for that person.
• Communicate genuine concern by following up with that person.
Educate the Next Generation. What I can do...
• Look for someone younger with whom I could build a relationship and become a mentor.
• Encourage someone around me who may be struggling as a result of a bad choice or who lacks an educational opportunity.
• Help them enroll in English as a Second Language classes.
• Offer to tutor or support them.

Taken from www.purposedriven.com/en-US/PEACE/PEACE_Plan.htm

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