Sharing the gospel with a muslim

May 28, 2018

If you have been following along with this series of articles, you have been praying for Muslims in your community and building relationships with them. Now it is time to let them in on the good news! But how? Here are a few suggestions for bringing the gospel into your relationship in a non-threatening way (for you or for them).

Pray for and with them.
As mentioned in an earlier blog post, Muslims are called to gather together for prayer five times a day. Because Christians pray in their closets (Matthew 6:6), many followers of Islam assume prayer (and even God) is not an important part of the Christian’s life. For this reason, praying with a Muslim can be a powerful testimony that opens the door for further conversation on spiritual topics.

Another benefit of praying with a Muslim friend in the name of Jesus is the way that prayer demonstrates your concern for them —and God’s concern for them when they recognize His answer to the prayer.

Listen to their story.
As you explain the plan of salvation to a Muslim, he or she may ask you a lot of questions or may become skeptical or furious. Possibly, they will object to some Christian doctrines. This is not unusual.

Remember where they are come from and be patient. Love, patience and perseverance are vital tools when witnessing to a Muslim. Always refer to the gospel when answering questions. The gospel is your most valuable source of information.

But, as you do all of this, do it from a position of a listener — let them tell you what they believe and what their stumbling blocks are. And if you don’t know an answer, don’t worry. Tell them you will get back to them and then find the answer.

Show the value of Jesus in your daily life.
In addition to praying, mentioning Jesus in casual conversation can help a Muslim friend or coworker recognize that being a follower of Christ is important to you. Don’t be inauthentic, but rather allow Jesus into the natural communication throughout the day. Did you see something new in your Bible reading during the morning? Share that with your friend.

As they share a concern about an event in their life, can you relate it to a story from the Bible? Simply say, “That reminds me of a story Jesus once told his followers….” Is your church having an event that is of cultural, as well as spiritual, interest (musical program, Christmas, Easter or other special event). Invite your friend to be your guest.

Most importantly, share your testimony. Let them see how Jesus has made a difference in your life. If you grew up in a Christian home, the best thing to emphasize is when following Jesus stopped being something you did for your parents or simply following rules, and instead became a personal relationship.

Get to Scripture and stories.
As soon as possible, provide a Bible for them in a language they can easily understand. If you can, first give a Gospel (Luke or Mark), so they don’t get discouraged by the length of the book or get lost in the big picture. Alternatively, you may want to start with Psalms and Proverbs, because many Muslims are attracted to poetry and couplets.

Your approach is most important. Help make the Bible palatable to them. Show the same respect for your Bible that they show for the Quran. Take the time to explain how the Bible works including the major divisions (Old and New Testament) and smaller divisions (book, chapter or verse.) Clear misunderstandings when they come up.

The apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 2:4 that when we share the gospel we don’t need clever words. We need to talk about Christ and Him crucified. I have found a simple Roman Road presentation is far more effective in helping a Muslim come to faith. As mentioned above, you may need to answer questions, but when sharing the gospel, at least present a simple, clear gospel and then ask for a response.

Finally, remember that the Word of God is living and active and sharper than a two-edged sword. God promises it will not return void. There is no power in our arguments, but there is power in His Word! Even if our friends do not accept the authority of the Bible, we want to encourage them to read it.

Be ready to follow-up with short and long-term discipleship.
What happens when your prayer is answered, and they say yes to Christ? How will you help them grow in their faith? Do you have a safe place for them to come and learn what it means to be a follower of Christ without being overwhelmed by the American church?

Of course, a brief article like this can only give a few bits of advice. So, let me point you to two great resources where you can learn more.

Nabeel Qureshi has written an autobiographical account of how he came to know Jesus titled, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. The book is well-written, easy to follow and thorough in dealing with the major bridges and barriers to sharing the gospel with a Muslim. It also offers tips on discipling a new believer.

Any 3: Anyone, Anywhere Any Time by Mike Shipman is a step-by-step discussion guide for leading Muslims to faith and discipleship.


by Brad Roderick  
/  Chairman of Missions Department  /  Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary

Better together: Missionaries and churches need each other

Recently, I spent a week in Europe with a missionary family from our church. For over 10 years, we have partnered with and supported this family as they labor in a very difficult mission field. While there, I attended a newly formed church that, by God’s grace, they had planted....

3 reasons to ‘Pray Together, Go Together’

In January of 2020, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina will be offering a new resource to guide specific prayer toward lostness. The guide will provide an opportunity for North Carolina Baptists to unite for 30 days of prayer, focusing on specific people groups and...

4 steps to engage your community

During the process of reaching the community around us, we must each move from thinking like a missionary to engaging like one. While it can be intimidating to make the transition from theory and strategy to actually entering the lives of people, it is well worth it. To make this...

7 healthy partnership habits for churches

I spent the majority of my young professional career watching corporations create and expand partnerships. The world of business understands the power of collaboration. I witnessed firsthand the power built around landing new business partners and seeking corporate mergers or...

3 hurdles in sharing the gospel

In the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, Haitian hurdler Jeffrey Julmis shot out of the blocks quickly, only to hit the first hurdle and fall to the ground. While certainly embarrassed, Julmis could have easily walked off without completing the race. Instead, he got up and...

Living in response to the gospel

Thinking like a missionary is a reasonable service proposition (Romans 12:1). It isn’t extreme in light of what Christ has done for us. Following Jesus might seem radical or extreme at the outset, but once the initial step has been made the missionary mindset follows naturally....

3 Circles: A guide for a five-touch, follow-up discovery Bible study with unbelievers

In Acts 17, Paul communicates the gospel in a contextually appropriate way and the response is pretty typical: some mock, some believe and join with other disciples, and some want to hear more (Acts 17:32-34). My experience has been that many fruitful disciples come from this...

3 Circles: A versatile tool for ministering the gospel to a variety of cultural contexts

The 3 Circles is a versatile tool to communicate the gospel in a variety of cultural contexts. The reason for its inherent flexibility is due to a variety of factors. To begin with, it’s a framework, not a method. Previously, many Western evangelistic trainings taught step-by-step...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the latest news and event information by signing up for the N.C. Baptist newsletter.

Select Language ^

Share This

Share this with your friends!