Children Of Abraham

“ I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd … Oh, that Ishmael might live before you ” ( John 10:16 ; Genesis 17:18)



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Witnessing to your Muslim Friends


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Witnessing to your Muslim Friends

Remember that witnessing is not an option for the Christian, and by its very nature must be verbal. The communication of the Gospel to an unbeliever is the joyful participation in what God is doing in the world. Remember these encouraging verses: Jesus says: " This is to my Fa- ther's glory, that you bear much fruit "; "follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men" (Mark 1: 17); "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14: 6); Paul wrote, "We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us" (2 Cor. 5: 20); "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8); Our Lord Jesus said: "I will build my church, and the gates of hades will not overcome it" (Matthew 16:18).

Suggestions for sharing the Gospel with your Muslim friend:

  1. Regard your Muslim friend as an individual who is as much in need of salvation as any other human being.
  2. Make effort to cultivate a genuine friendship with your Muslim neighbor and learn about his background.
  3. Show a genuine Christian love in word and deed. One of my favorite missionaries to Muslims who was martyred for his faith is Raymond Lull. He traveled to North Africa during the bitter days of the crusades, and understood that the only way to overcome hostile attitudes on both sides is to demonstrate the greatest Christian weapon-the Love of God. He said: "He that loves not lives not and he that lives by 'The Life' cannot die." To Muslims he declared: "I come to meet the Muslims not with arms, but with words; not by force, but by reason, not in hate but in love."
  4. Anticipate some questions, inquiries and objection to the unique teaching of the Bible. These must be explained in accordance with the teaching of the Bible. Be patient, ready to answer your friend's objections as Christ did in His encounter with Nicodemus and the Samaritan Women (cf. John 3, 4).
  5. There is no reason to criticize or denigrate your friend's faith. When Christ, the "Bright Morning Star" (Rev. 22:16) radiates, he will eliminate all shadows.
  6. Introduce Christ in word and deed. He is highly revered and exalted in Islam. The majority of Muslim converts testify that the most influential factor in their conversion was their exposure to the words and life of Christ.
  7. Introduce your friend to the Bible. We must be encouraged by God's promise: "So is my Word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it" (Is. 55:11). Keep in mind the following foundational truths as you witness or disciple your Muslim friend: . Establish the authority of the Bible in order to dispel Muslim objections. The Scripture is God's Word, wherefore its source is divine and its authority is final and timeless. Both the Old and New Testaments are inspired by God the Holy Spirit (Exodus. 17:14 ; 2Timothy 3:16 ; 1Peter 1:10 -12). . Emphasize that the Bible as a whole is one revelation with a singular goal. The overall theme of the Bible is the redemption of sinful man. The Bible is salvation history; it moves progressively, culminating in the coming of Christ. Underscore that Christ is the central figure in both Testaments. From the beginning, God promised the coming of the Messiah.
  8. Share your personal testimony and saturate it with the Scripture. Underscore the crucial difference between being a religious person and being radically changed by the life, teaching, and power of Christ. Paul's testimony in Philippians 3 is a profound example of this transformation.
  9. Avoid using theological terms that are foreign to your Muslim friend. But if you must use them, try to clarify their meanings and underscore their implications for salvation.
  10. Introduce your friend to your pastor and Invite him to worship with you. Trust the Holy Spirit to bring the lost sheep into the fold.