Join us on Wednesday, July 24 for the first Serving & Outreach Equipping Series: The Gospel for Muslims: Understanding our Muslim Neighbors.
Presentation, 6-8 p.m.
RSVP at cumcmemphis.org/register.
Guest post by presenter Brian P. of the Arabian Peninsula
The hot and muggy evening air fogged my glasses as I opened the gate from our courtyard out onto the street. There stood a small group of Arab men, all dressed in the traditional head covering and white robes called dishdashas. One extended a hand toward me.
“Hi, we’re some of your neighbors. We’re going down to the mosque on the corner for prayers tonight. We want to invite you to join us for a discussion about religion at 7:30.”
This is the invitation I’ve received often from the devout Muslim men in my neighborhood in the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, a small country on the Arabian Peninsula. When I go outside to greet them, they shake my hand, introduce themselves and explain that they want to encourage people in their neighborhood to come and discuss religion and faith with anyone who is willing.
I tell them I’m a Christian and that I read and study the Bible regularly. I tell them I love Jesus and live to please Him. For 10 more minutes we usually stand and speak about Islam and Christianity. They seem a little surprised that I know some about the Bible and that I’m interested to continue the conversation another day. Business cards and phone numbers are exchanged to enable us to meet the next week.
But they need to get to the mosque before the evening prayers start.
There is hardly a day or two that goes by where I don’t have a conversation with a Muslim friend or acquaintance that touches on the topic of faith and religion. And I’m grateful to God that all those conversations have sharpened me in my understanding of the Bible and Christianity and how it differs from Islam. As they depart they tell me, “We have great respect for Jesus. We believe he was a prophet sent by God with a message for the people.”
Now a question for you. Imagine yourself in the situation I described above. You’re standing on the street with a group of Muslim neighbors. The conversation turns to faith.
If you had 10 minutes to explain Christianity to a Muslim friend, what would you say? What questions would you ask if you had even longer? And how would you answer your friend’s objections to your faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior? What is the crucial difference between Islam and Christianity? What do our Muslim neighbors most need to hear from us?
I believe they most need to hear the Gospel or Good News.
Join me on July 24 as we spend an evening at Christ Church exploring The Gospel for Muslims. There will be teaching, table group discussion and Q&A. I hope you’ll leave more equipped to befriend your Muslim neighbors and speak confidently about the Gospel for their eternal good.