This is a tough one. As we’re teaching things to our friends “directly from the Bible” – what they’re picking up is what we do.
The person of Jesus – knowing Him and understanding the Father – is the most positive force for change in the world. Remember that we may have unconsciously expected Muslims to adapt to our religious practices as well as to delight in Jesus.
A simple example of this would be how we pray. Most who come to Christ now pray with their heads bowed and eyes closed.
This is not bad, it’s just not the point, especially when we back up our cultures with Scripture.
It get’s more complicated when you get into questions like – what makes a church? Most of that will come from Holy Scripture too.
Another good question – what do you need to believe in order to be “in”? There again is a long list from Scripture and of course add in my old-time Pentecostals and then you need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit with evidence of tongues.
Back to the question – how do we know which things are just part of our cultural upbringing and which things are really necessary to be sharing with our friends?
Only one – Jesus
Not much of a list, is it? What does that look like?
Talk about Jesus in every nonreligious way possible. Get involved in their lives, cancel everything when they call. Never invite them to a Bible study. Try hard not to sound like a salesperson for Jesus. Try to bring them in on the decision to meet … I don’t know … just a thought … what do you think? Remember they are worth more than our plans – don’t force your plan.