How to meet a critical need: sharing the gospel with Muslims
There are over three million Muslims living in the United States today. Soon, if not already, you will have Muslim neighbors and coworkers. Does the thought of reaching out to them with the gospel make you nervous? How can you effectively communicate the good news with such large theological differences? The Gospel for Muslims can help make sharing your faith easier than you think.
Thabiti Anyabwile, who is himself a convert from Islam to Christianity, instructs you in ways to discuss the good news of Christ with your neighbors and friends. The Gospel for Muslims allows you to focus on the people rather than the religious system. Meant for the average Christian, it is not an exhaustive apologetic or comparative study of Christianity and Islam. Rather, it compellingly stirs confidence in the gospel, equipping you with the basics necessary to communicate clearly, boldly, and winsomely.
I’m not sure where I was first introduced to Thabiti Anyabwile’s ministry (maybe his book, What is a Healthy Church Member?), but I have long been a fan of his. If you’ve ever read one of his books, an article he’s published, or heard him preach or speak, you’ve no doubt noticed that he communicates with a distinct amount of gentleness and care. He is a faithful preacher of God’s word and, no doubt, a loving pastor of the congregation where he serves. These are a couple of the reasons why I was so excited to pick up his most recent book, The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence.
This book is not overly unique in terms of its content, but it is certainly worth the read, particularly as Islam continues to grow here in the West. Thabiti possesses unique insight into the effective evangelism of our Muslim friends and neighbors because he once was a practicing Muslim who now follows the Lord Jesus Christ. Many of his comments, particularly those dealing with what the Quran teaches about the Bible, common objections to the Christian faith among practicing Muslims, and some of the practical considerations when seeking to extend hospitality I found to be invaluable. And, of course, as one could expect from Anyabwile, his writing is not only winsome, but he is pastoring the reader through this topic, and the love and care with which he does so are just spilling off the pages of this book.
The first half of the book is devoted to speaking about the Gospel and some of the unique ways in which it collides with Islam and the Quran. While this material is certainly not new, we simply need to hear it over and over again. And for someone like me, who isn’t entirely familiar with Islam, Thabiti served me well by connecting dots that I may not have otherwise connected. The second half of the book is the more practical, “on the ground,” section of the book where he helps the reader consider what a lot of this looks like practically as we speak the Gospel to our Muslim friends and neighbors and invite them to believe on Jesus. He sheds light on things like hospitality, belief in the sufficiency of Scripture, dependence on the Holy Spirit, and the significance of the local church. Interspersed throughout the book are his own stories and experiences which serve to root everything that he discusses in real life, which I found encouraging and emboldening.
Overall, this is a fine book, well-written, which I’m sure will become more and more relevant and applicable as the nations continue to be welcomed into our neighborhoods. I recommend picking it up and giving it a thoughtful read.