The world of cross-cultural mission contains plenty of jargon, concepts and ideas that many people are unfamiliar with. In this series, we’re hoping to demystify some of these concepts and go back to basics.
Where can I begin?
If there are Muslims living and working in your community, you’ve got a great opportunity. There isn’t one particular “right” way of sharing the Gospel with them, but asking about what they believe could be a good starting point. Listen well: be open to be corrected on your misconceptions about Islam and, likewise, gently correct theirs about Christianity. Don’t be afraid to be clear on what you believe, but do so with respect. In short, start a friendly conversation! Get to know them, enjoy their company, try some new food, encourage them to read the Bible with you and let your life and words witness to the difference Jesus makes. Keep praying for them and, if you get the chance, do so in their presence in the name of Jesus.
Some people advocate a more polemical approach to evangelism and this may be helpful in some settings. However, remember that your ultimate aim is not to win an argument, but to introduce them to Jesus.