I’ll never forget an experience I had a few years ago training Iranian leaders in a country near Iran. The Iranian leaders encouraged us so much by sharing miraculous stories of conversions and God’s protection in hard times. We encouraged them by training them to read and interpret Scripture better. Many of them had never sat under expository Bible teaching or gathered as a group of believers. It’s simply not legal in their country. That experience gave me a small glimpse into the glorious ways Christ is building His church in the Islamic country of Iran.
David Platt’s ministry, Radical, has produced a three-part documentary on why Christianity is booming in Iran. Every Christian should watch it: it’s informative, has high production value, is free on YouTube, and will lead you to worship.
Episode 1: Why Christianity is Booming in Iran
Why is Iran hard to reach with the gospel? In this episode of Neighborhoods & Nations, Steven Morales explores the city of Tehran and the history of Persia to understand why life is difficult for Iranian Christians. Despite the persecution, the church is growing and multiplying. Today, Iranian Christians are praying for God to bring revival to Iranian cities like Tehran, Isfahan, and Mashhad as he did to Ninevah thousands of years ago.
Episode 2: Inside the Persecuted Church of Iran
What is it like being a Christian in Iran? In this episode of Neighborhoods and Nations, Steven Morales speaks to Iranian Christians about Iran’s secret church. Nima Alizadeh, an Iranian Christian, tells us about the persecution that Christians face in Tehran.
Episode 3: A Hope of Gospel Growth in Iran
In this episode of Neighborhoods & Nations, Steven Morales examines how the gospel is spreading across Iran. Despite the Iranian regime’s attempt to censor outside influences, the gospel is accessible in Iran. Nima Alizadeh, a Christian leader who was forced to leave Iran, warns that the prosperity gospel is affecting the Iranian church. Steven and Nima discuss how Farsi-speaking Christians outside Iran are using the internet to spread contextualized, biblical resources with those inside the country.