jan 11: World, The Church Worldwide

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Geography

Area: 134,940,000 sq km

Antarctica, with 14 million sq km, is not included.

Population: 6,908,000,000    Annual Growth: 1.20%

Urbanites: 51%

Peoples

    Languages: 6,909

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians2,229,951,31532.291.2
Evangelicals545,886,8187.92.6

Answer to Prayer

Renewal movements have grown at an unforeseen rate – from the birth of the Pentecostal movement at the beginning of the 20th Century, to the first stirrings of charismatic renewal in the 1950s and 1960s, to the Third Wave in the latter part of the 20th Century, and finally to the 21st Century and what many believe is a new (and possibly final) global outpouring of the Holy Spirit that exceeds them all. Pentecostals grew from 12 million in 1960 to 178 million in 2010; charismatics from 167 million in 1990 to 426 million in 2010. The charismatic renewal has touched many parts of the Church, in thousands of denominations, in nearly every country. Despite imperfections (sinful humans are involved, after all), charismatic renewal has revitalized the faith of approaching half a billion people in an era where opposition and temptation come from myriad quarters.

     For an additional 7 Answers to Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

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The Church Worldwide

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Challenge for Prayer

Maintaining a clear witness to the uniqueness of Christ in the midst of growing religious pluralism and post-modernity. Even among Christians, a creeping universalism can be observed as gaining ground. The convictions of believers regarding the uniqueness of Jesus, and His claim to be the only way to the Father, are being challenged from within and without the Church. In a world where relativism dominates, Christians will increasingly be criticized for being “intolerant” and for holding to their exclusive truth claims regarding Jesus. Relativism, subjectivism and existentialism that deny the existence and primacy of objective reality are a threat to the authority of Scripture and the truth of the gospel.

     For an additional 9 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

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The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of The Church Worldwide.