Once the Cann family passed their stage four language check and taught the people to read and write, they will start teaching the people the Word of God chronologically. What is chronological teaching? Chronological teaching is when we teach them the Word of God, not starting in the Gospels, but starting in Genesis and teaching first through key Old Testament stories.
So why are we taking such a lengthy approach? Can’t we just give them the Gospel in a pill form so that they can quickly swallow it and be saved, something like… John 3:16?
Here is a response from the Mouk people (another animistic tribe) when exposed to John 3:16 without any prior teaching.
When they hear the word “god” the wrong idea comes to mind. Because they have exchanged the TRUTH about God for a LIE and started making gods of other things (Romans 1:18-25) they will have a gravely distorted view if we just speak about Jehovah God as god, for their gods love evil, are unjust, immoral, deceptive and able to be manipulated, unkind, powerless…
Why is it necessary for them to hold a basic, accurate view of God? John 17:3 – And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” They have to know that God is their…
They responded to John 3:16 by saying “why shouldn’t God love us? We are good” While they think they are good they don’t know what to do with Jesus. Why do they need this Savior if they are not sinners, what on earth will He save them from? In their eyes, they have no need of Christ
Matthew 9:10-13 – “‘ (Jesus said) Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick… For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.
God has given us a wonderful tool to see our own sinfulness and need of a Savior, and we as they missionaries want to use it. Romans 3:20 – “For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.” And James 1:22-25 says that the Law is our mirror, showing us our sinfulness so that we can repent from it.
Before they see their own sinfulness and need of the Savior, they will never truly understand God’s love. For the Scripture says that God shows His love for us in that, while we were yet sinners, unlovely and unloveable, Christ died for us. (Rom 5:6-8)
When Joey Tartaglia started teaching through Genesis in the Mibu tribe in the Finisterre Mountains, the people responded and said – “We are like Sodom and Gomorrah – is God going to come and destroy us?” They understood that if God sees all their deeds and is the Lawgiver and judge, then they are in big trouble…
They have to know that Jesus is 100% God, who took on 100% humanity. (John 1:1-18) As God-Man he lived a righteous and spotless life. This Jesus is God’s plan for salvation, and the only way of salvation. 1 Tim 2:5 – “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…”
They need to understand that when they die, their souls will not just hover on earth. Their souls are eternal, and when they die, they will appear before the judgment seat of a perfectly just God. Hebrews 10:27 – “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment…”
There are only 2 kinds of people in this world…
- Sinners who do not know God and have not repented and trusted in Christ as the only Savior for their sins. For those wrath awaits. 2 Thes 1:8-9 – “…in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might”
- Sinners who know the only true God and have repented and trusted in Christ Jesus as the only Savior for their sins. For those there is no condemnation. 1 Thes 1:9b-10 – “and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.”
We pray that the people in our village may be those sinners who believe in the only true God and trust in Christ for forgiveness. Through the chronological teaching, we hope to correct the wrong view they have of God, man, the solution to man’s problem and Christ.
Our desire is not merely to give them knowledge through this teaching (though it is nothing LESS than teaching them beautiful Scriptural truths, that is why a preacher is needed, Romans 10:13-16) But they can and YOU can know the ABC’s of the Bible and still not be saved.
What we DO desire, is that they may be cut to heart by these truths, and that they may respond to these truths with repentance and faith, as did the people inÂ Acts 2:37-38Â after Paul’s sermon – “Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” “Repent,” Peter said to them, “and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”