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    Helps in Evangelism to Muslims

    1. Pray. Pray for Muslim friends and acquaintances. Everything we do depends on the intervention of the Holy Spirit.

    2. Have a specific goal. God wants to use us to make Jesus Christ known to Muslims through the gospel, so focus on making the gospel message understandable and accessible.

    3. Be open to personal and human contact. We must love Muslims sincerely, manifesting our love through kindness and respect in relationship with them. Sharing faith in the context of friendship requires time to understand and appreciate our Muslim friends.

    4. Be patient. We can speak freely of our faith, but most Muslims will need to hear us many times before they even begin to consider believing in Christ. Do not be discouraged by objections.

    5. Explain the gospel in a very simple manner. Don’t get lost in “Christian-ese.” Explain terms such as sin, prayer, God, Son of God and faith.

    6. Give your friend a New Testament or a Bible. Reading these books gives Muslims new perspectives on Christianity. Encourage a regular reading of the Gospels.

    7. Emphasize God’s perfect holiness. Muslims and Christians agree that God calls for righteousness. But Christians acknowledge human unrighteousness and slavery to sinful attitudes. Only a new birth can change this, not education or moral action.

    8. Speak of God’s interventions in our own lives. Tell of His faithfulness, His love, His justice. Muslims do not understand God as one who gives and keeps promises. Your testimony of a real and active faith is very important.

    9. Answer objections with kindness. Do not let yourself be carried away into passionate discussions.

    10. Do not be naïve if Muslim friends express a belief in Jesus Christ and the Bible. Muslims do believe in Jesus and the Bible. But their faith is different from what the Bible teaches, particularly concerning a living relationship with God as we believe. Jesus said that eternal life is to know God (John 17:3); this refers not merely to knowing certain things about God.

    Excerpt from 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus

    Posted by John on October 20, 2005 08:42 PM


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