Muslim ministry does not necessarily mean this day and age you have to go around the world. In America today, many Muslim have immigrated to America. Also a percentage of Americans are converting to Islam. With the fastest growing religion in the world, how do we engage them with the truth of the Gospel?
Do Not Fear
In our culture today, the current perceived terrorist or big threat to the “American lifestyle” is Muslims. This may be true for a very small percentage but this fear has left a lost people group without many laborers. The enemy has used the horrible past catastrophes to keep people from interacting with Muslims. We must not stereotype of demonize a whole people group. Yet we all are people worthy of respect and have value only because we are made in Jesus’ image. It is a sin to think otherwise. Where fear is prevalent love is lacking. We fear what is unknown. When we are fearful we tend not to be confident with the Gospel. Yet, the Bible says “Be unashamed of the Gospel because it is the POWER of God.”
You don’t have to be a scholar
Sometimes we believe that Muslims have the whole Quran(Muslim holy book) memorized and that they can argue very well. Apologetics indeed has its place. But it is the Gospel that saves. I have firsthand seen it firsthand hear stories of believers who were Muslims. The Gospel saved me and if you are in Christ, the gospel saved you. We preach Christ and him crucified everything else is secondary (1 Corinthians 1:17). Of course there will be things we do not understand. That is okay. A really cool verse in Philemon 6, “Be active in sharing your faith so that you will have a full understanding.” In God’s loving wisdom he intended evangelism to thrust us deeper in the unfathomable richness of Christ.
Make connections through means of where you are. For example, I volunteered as an English language partner. Similarly, I love Middle Eastern food therefore I went to restaurants and got to know the owners and frequent consumers. Actually there were many times I was offered a job. God used that as a platform to befriend Muslims and share the gospel with them. What are some practical things you can do to reach people who are Muslims in your stage of life? Whether it be the Muslim women who drops her children off at your child’s school? A predominately Muslim campus hangout place? Neighborhood?
85% of international students never step foot into a foreigner’s home. The nations are coming to us! Be welcoming. (Be mindful that more strict Muslims only eat halal meat(Muslim kosher). Simply ask and offer to go to restaurant of their choosing or eat at their home. Who are people you have come in to contact with that you can ask for coffee or lunch? What is stopping you from pursuing that relationship?
Pray, Give, Go
Pray! Oh we worship a living God who is so good. He hears us!
"Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16
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Beloved one thing I learned is that take the initiative through the power of the holy spirit and leaving the results up to God.
About our Guest Contributor
I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. I lived, studied, and traveled in the Middle East/North Africa on and off for the last 3 years. I hope to move there long-term soon. I desire to mobilize people of all ages, social, and ethnical background to the work in the Muslim World. I love to hear stories that brag on God. I love to laugh. I love cajun food. I like potatoes and cheese(together or separate). I love where I fellowship now, The Embassy Church in Denver Colorado.
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