Analysis of theories, philosophy, methods and strategies for engaging with Muslim friends, coworkers and acquaintances in Biblically faithful yet culturally appropriate ways. Evangelistic strategies and basic discipleship plans will be considered.
Learners need to develop a framework, culturally-appropriate approaches and effective techniques that help them analyze Islam and its belief system. Students ministering to those from Islamic cultures need to be aware of the beliefs and lived experience of friends and acquaintances and know the important theological differences between orthodox Christian theology and Islam. Students need to be able to provide evidence-based answers to the questions people might have about the gospel.
Islam has over a billion followers spread over Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas. All peoples, including Muslim friends, coworkers and acquaintances, need to hear the gospel in a way they can understand and respond and then have the opportunity to be disciples in a faith community. A focused course on sharing the Christian faith with Muslim friends allows students to acquire specialized skills and understanding.
Students will start with a basic understanding of the biblical teaching on the Great Commission. From that foundation, they will have the opportunity to compare some of the Biblical passages with their Qur’anic versions and to discuss similarities and differences between the Biblical and Qur’anic contents, styles, and historical interpretations.
As Christians we are called to embody Christ in our interactions not only with fellow Christians but also with people of other faiths. Learning about those faiths instills in students the idea that all humanity represents God’s creation and, therefore, is worthy of respect, compassion, and understanding.
Students will examine the sociocultural contexts found in the Islamic world in order to develop culturally-appropriate methods for missional outreach.
Students will research demographic, sociographic, and geographic data for Islamic cultures in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas.
This course will give students knowledge and insight of religious and cultural variations that they need to create and make a difference in their areas of residence. The course also enables students to share stories of successes and challenges with others through online discussions.
This course encourages interactive dialogue that will present opportunities to learn from others who have experienced life among various cultures, religions, and countries. The interactive communication will provide an ever-expanding understanding of others and will enable everyone to be better prepared if and when missional opportunities arise.