It is not the numbers that count, but each follower of Islam, his or her family and eventually whole villages or suburbs and ethnic groups that will love Jesus and follow Him. SIM (Serving in Mission) are committed to partnering with the local church. In many places there is a church already. We mobilize and train church leaders and help them to establish further churches. We do so in culturally appropriate ways. Although the Gospel message is the same, we need to contextualize it for the people so they can understand it in their own situation. As cross-cultural workers, we cannot expect people form another background to understand us. We need to understand them first in order to present the Gospel in meaningful ways.
A lot of misunderstanding has come out of insensitive evangelism. As followers of Islam reach harshly to it, our approach should show our love and respect – –
“But in your hearts set Christ apart as holy [and acknowledge Him] as Lord. Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully.” I Peter 3:15 AMP
Even if we do all we can to share the Gospel in appropriate ways, we may still find followers of Islam rejecting us and Jesus. We may face persecution. Many Christians in Muslim countries face this daily, and Jesus did too.
The big question is — what will you do to help? Will you react to the challenges with sincere love and compassion for followers of Islam? Will you be ready to share your faith with them in gentleness and respect? Do you have enough knowledge to engage them?
Will you establish personal relationships with followers of Islam? Will you go to the unreached Muslim people groups and tell them about Jesus? Will you pray daily for missionaries to Muslims? Will you support projects the serve Muslims and show our love and concern for them?
- Do You See What I See? (callingallsheep.com)