On sharing the Christian faith - with Muslims?
January 11 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

On sharing the Christian faith - with Muslims? | Friday, Jan. 11, 2002
  • Pray - It is important to pray for Muslims, he said, that God will reveal Himself to them. He noted that many Muslims who come to Christ do so after witnessing a miraculous event or having a dream in which they believe God sent a message. Christians can pray specifically that God will reveal Himself in these ways, he said.
  • Build relationships - It is important to build relationships with Muslim neighbors or business people, he said. Relationships take time, but "a little kindness can go a long way," he said. Christians can find ways to be helpful to Muslim neighbors from overseas by offering courses in English as a second language, or in taking the effort to help them acclimate to a new culture and find their way around.

    Christians can build on common ground with Muslims, who share many of the same values: a love for family, high morals and respect for God.

    Believers should be careful of cultural taboos that could cause unintended offense, he said. Strict Muslims only eat food that is halal, the Muslim equivalent of kosher. One should be aware of this when inviting a Muslim friend to dinner, he said. Muslims also tend to be more concerned with modesty in dress: even children wear long pants instead of shorts. Prospective witnesses should be careful that their attire does not cause unwanted offense, he said.

  • Provide scriptures - It is important to steer Muslims, like others who do not know Christ, to the scriptures, he said. The Koran recognizes the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament) and the Injil (the New Testament) as holy writings, but most have not read them. Providing a copy of the scriptures, preferably in the person's language of origin, is important. The "Jesus film," which is also available in many languages, can also be effective, he said. Learning and sharing the testimonies of other Muslims who have accepted Christ is also helpful, he said.
  • Plan for discipleship - Believers should remember that conversion is only the beginning of the Christian journey, and take responsibility for nurturing new believers, he said. Conversion to Christianity can lead to severe consequences for many Muslims, who may be disowned by their families or shunned by their ethnic community. "You might need to become family to them," he said.
  • The Nation of Islam - The speaker noted that witnessing to members of the "Nation of Islam" has added challenges. The Nation of Islam is an American group founded in the 1930s, sometimes referred to as "black Muslims." The sect gains many of its converts in prison, and people who come to it are often familiar with Christianity but have rejected it as the "white man's religion."
  • For more information - A number of helpful resources are available to assist Christians who wish to share their faith with Muslims. Among these are a new resource kit called "The Cross and the Crescent," available from the North American Mission Board.
  • Friday, Jan. 11, 2002

    On sharing the Christian faith - with Muslims?

    By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor FAYETTEVILLE - Christian believers have a responsibility to share their faith with everyone and should not leave Muslims out of the equation, an International Mission Board (IMB) representative told participants in a breakout session during the annual Baptist State Convention Evangelism Conference. The conference leader did not wish to be identified by name because he has served previously in a "closed country" in South Asia. Public identification as a missionary could jeopardize his return.

    The conference leader reviewed the central Muslim beliefs as found in the "five pillars of Islam," and suggested a variety of ways that Christian believers can reach out to Muslims in their own communities.

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