When addressing religious pluralism, Dr. Frank Turek offered this succinct refutation: “Contrary beliefs can exist, but contrary truths cannot.” [1] To set the stage for the rest of this article, let’s first listen to Bobby Conway as he defines religious pluralism and what our responsibility is as Christian case-makers and truth bearers in the pluralistic milieu in which we now live.

What is religious pluralism?-Bobby Conway-oneminuteapologist.com

Living here in Canada, where religious pluralism flourishes in an extreme form, I often hear, as I’m sure you have, the following sound bites masquerading as truth claims: “All paths lead to God” [Question: What God is this claim referring to?], “all religions are the same,” “all religions are fundamentally the same and only superficially different,” etc. This pluralistic view of religion thrives in places like Canada or Europe where the reinvented definition of tolerance is valued above everything else. With the redefining of tolerance, it’s very easy to slip from the truth claim, ”all people have equal value”, to the false claim that “all ideas/beliefs have equal merit/value.” These are two very different claims entirely, and it is vital for us, as adherents of “the way, the truth and the life,” (John 14:6) to help others to understand the difference.

Philosopher and author Mortimer J. Adler once stated, “In the sphere of matters subject to individual thought and decision, pluralism is desirable and tolerable only in those areas that are matters of taste rather than matters of truth.”

As ambassadors for Christ, and as such, ambassadors for the truth, what should our response to religious pluralism be? When our friends or colleagues inject a truth claim into the conversation such as, “I believe that all religions are basically the same, each providing a different path to God. As the saying goes, ‘different strokes for different folks’,” how should we respond?

The following is one of my “real-life” experiences in which I was able to deconstruct religious pluralism and bring the person I was conversing with to understand the difference between a belief and that which is true:

While taking an Uber, I opened a conversation with the driver, asking him where he was from, did he have a family, etc. I found out that Ali was from Pakistan and he and his family now resided in Canada. After a bit more conversation, I asked if he was a Muslim, to which he responded yes. I then told him that I was a Christian to which he responded, “Oh, we both worship the same God, we both love the same Jesus.” Well, considering how wide Ali opened the door, I simply couldn’t help walking through it.

I first asked Ali a question as to who Jesus was. Letting him know that Jesus once asked this question of His disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” Ali responded that Jesus was a great prophet. I then affirmed Ali’s answer by stating that Jesus was a great prophet, but that He was much more than that. I then brought it back to Ali’s original statement of Muslims and Christians loving the same Jesus. I said, “Ali, you said that we love the same Jesus, but I don’t see how that could be true considering that the Jesus that you love is only a prophet, whereas the Jesus that I love is the Word of God who took on human form, the Son of God who gave His life as a ransom for you and me so that our sins could be forgiven.” I then pointed out that the Qur’an states that Jesus was never crucified, but that the Bible, as well as many extra-biblical sources, affirm that He was. I then asked Ali if Jesus could be both crucified and not-crucified, to which he answered no. I could see from the change in his expression that Ali had just come to a stark realization–he and I didn’t love the same Jesus, and if that was the case, which Jesus was the true Jesus? Was it the Jesus of the Qur’an or the Jesus of the Bible?Image result for jesus of the bible jesus of the Qur'an"

At this point we came to the end of my ride. I left Ali with a tract, Jesus & the Qur’an,[2] and a Gospel of John. I asked him to please read both of these and to ask God to show him who Jesus truly was, and that I would also be praying for him and his family. Ali said he would read them both and thanked me for the conversation saying, “I have learned something new today.”

The above is one of many “all paths lead to God” conversations that I have had over the years. Some have been more lengthy and in depth than the one I shared here, but for those of us who are living in Western countries where relativism is rife and the driving force behind religious pluralism, it behooves us to embrace Paul’s instruction to Timothy: “The Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness [that] God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 2:24–25-ESV)

When entering into a conversation where religious pluralism is the topic, we must always keep the person of Christ at the forefront of our minds. It is the Jesus of history, the Word made flesh, whose life, death and resurrection differentiate the Christian faith from all other religious worldviews. Author and apologist Dr. Kenneth Samples offers the following explanation on what makes the Christian faith stand out from all others:

Whether a person is inclined to accept them or not, the truth-claims of Christianity are historical and factual in nature…The historic Christian faith consistently resists and defies all attempts to homogenize and mythologize its central characters and truth-claims. The apostles had an empirical encounter with the resurrected Jesus and reported it as a historical-factual event (1 Cor. 15:3-8). The disciples consistently referred to themselves as “witnesses” or “eyewitnesses” of the great events of Jesus’ life (Acts 2:32; 3:15; 5:32; 10:39; 1 John 1:1-3) As the apostle Peter proclaimed, “We did not follow cleverly invented fables and myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty” (2 Pet. 1:16).[3]

 
The following video clips from Ravi Zacharias and Andy Bannister, offer an in-depth insight into the issue of religious pluralism and tips on how we as Christian case-makers can address the topic when it comes up in conversation.

Aren’t all religions the same? And isn’t Jesus just one of many prophets?-Ravi Zacharias

Aren’t all religions basically the same?-Andy Bannister

References:
[1] Frank Turek-his site is an excellent resource–crossexamined.org
[2] Jesus and the Qur’an-by Jospeh P. Gudel-Tract from Crossway publishers-it can be ordered online, here
[3] Kenneth R. Samples, Without a Doubt-Answering the 20 Toughest Faith Questions, Baker Books, 2004, pg. 169

More resources:
Christianity & Religious Pluralism-Are There Multiple Ways to Heaven?-by Rick Wade, article here
Aren’t All Religions Equally Valid? by Andy Bannister-article, here
True for you but not for me…but can that be true?-by Lane, here

When sharing the historical evidence for Jesus’ life, death and resurrection from the Gospel narratives with my friends or curious acquaintances, I am at times challenged with, “That’s all very interesting, but is there any extra-biblical evidence, evidence outside the Bible for Jesus’ life, or that he even existed?” When a person raises this objection, they are basically saying, “I don’t believe that the New Testament documents are historically reliable because they were written by Christians, which means they were written by people with a bias, an ulterior motive.” [As the focus of this article is the evidence for Jesus outside the Bible, I won’t cover the historical reliability of the Gospels here. However, I have included equipping resources on this topic at the end of this article which address that issue.]

In reply to my friend’s question regarding whether there is any extra-biblical evidence of Jesus’ life and existence, I generally respond along the lines of, “That’s a good question and one that I hear from time to time. And the answer to your question is a resounding, YES, there certainly is evidence outside the Bible for Jesus life.” I have found that most people who raise this challenge are simply ‘parroting’ the sound bites they’ve picked up from agnostics or skeptics which have been bantered around message boards on the internet. I am then in a position to present the historical extra-biblical sources that they are inquiring about, but don’t think exist. Most people are somewhat taken aback (and at times dumbfounded) when I list just a few of the ancient extra-biblical sources which include the Roman historians, Tacitus and Suetonius, Greek satirist Lucian of Samosata, Jewish historian Josephus, the Jewish Talmud, etc., all of which include information regarding Jesus’ life, His death by crucifixion by Pontius Pilate, His teachings, His power to perform miracles, His disciples worship of Him as God, etc.

In his book, Ancient Evidence for the Life of Jesus-Historical Records of His Death and Resurrection, New Testament scholar and author, Gary Habermas, offers the following summary regarding extra-biblical sources as they relate to the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth:

“[A]ncient extra-biblical sources do present a surprisingly large amount of detail concerning both the life of Jesus and the nature of early Christianity. While many of these facts are quite well known, we must remember that they have been documented here apart from the usage of the New Testament. When viewed in that light, we should realize that it is quite extraordinary that we could provide a broad outline of most of the major facts of Jesus’ life from “secular” history alone. Such is surely significant. Using only the information gleaned from these ancient extra-biblical sources, what can we conclude concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus? Can these events be historically established based on these sources alone? Of the seventeen documents examined in this chapter, eleven different works speak of the death of Jesus in varying amounts of detail, with five of these specifying crucifixion as the mode. When these sources are examined by normal historical procedures used with other ancient documents, the result is conclusive. It is this author’s view that the death of Jesus by crucifixion can be asserted as historical fact from this data.”

 
In his article, Is There Any Evidence for Jesus Outside the Bible, author and Christian apologist J. Warner Wallace outlines the specific points of Jesus’ life that are included in the data from the extra-biblical historical sources. The list is quite extensive, which makes the case for the historical Jesus based only on extra-biblical sources even more impressive:

“Let’s review what we’ve learned from hostile pagan and Jewish sources describing Jesus. We’ll do our best to discount the anti-Christian bias we see in the sources, just as we discounted the pro-Christian bias we think might exist in some versions of the writing of Josephus. Many elements of the Biblical record are confirmed by these hostile accounts, in spite of the fact they deny the supernatural power of Jesus:

1) Jesus was born and lived in Palestine. 2) He was born, supposedly, to a virgin and had an earthly father who was a carpenter. 3) He was a teacher who taught that through repentance and belief, all followers would become brothers and sisters. 4) He led the Jews away from their beliefs. 5) He was a wise man who claimed to be God and the Messiah. 6) He had unusual magical powers and performed miraculous deeds. 7) He healed the lame. 8) He accurately predicted the future. 9) He was persecuted by the Jews for what He said, betrayed by Judas Iscariot. 10) He was beaten with rods, forced to drink vinegar and wear a crown of thorns. 11) He was crucified on the eve of the Passover and this crucifixion occurred under the direction of Pontius Pilate, during the time of Tiberius. 12) On the day of His crucifixion, the sky grew dark and there was an earthquake. 13) Afterward, He was buried in a tomb and the tomb was later found to be empty. 14) He appeared to His disciples resurrected from the grave and showed them His wounds. 15) These disciples then told others Jesus was resurrected and ascended into heaven. 16) Jesus’ disciples and followers upheld a high moral code. One of them was named Matthai. 17) The disciples were also persecuted for their faith but were martyred without changing their claims. 18) They met regularly to worship Jesus, even after His death.

 
Not bad, given this information is coming from ancient accounts hostile to the Biblical record. While these non-Christian sources interpret the claims of Christianity differently, they affirm the initial, evidential claims of the Biblical authors…[and] the basic facts of the historical events. Is there any evidence for Jesus outside the Bible? Yes, and the ancient non-Christian interpretations (and critical commentaries) of the Gospel accounts serve to strengthen the core claims of the New Testament.”

(For complete article by J. Warner Wallace, Is There Any Evidence for Jesus Outside the Bible?, here)

Is there any evidence for Jesus outside the Bible?-J. Warner Wallace

Is there any evidence for Jesus outside the Bible-Peter Williams-The Veritas Forum

Did Jesus even exist?-Andy Bannister-RZIM

Did Jesus exist?-Sean McDowell

Resources

Ancient Evidence for the Life of Jesus-Historical Records of His Death and Resurrection-by Gary Habermas-found on Amazon, here
Eyewitness testimony in the New Testament, untrustworthy or reliable?-by Lane, here
The Case for the Early dating of the Gospels-countering scholarly laziness and blindness-by Lane, here

I am highlighting i2 Ministries as I have found it to be one of the best, if not the best equipping resource for reaching our Muslim neighbors with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As Ravi Zacharias (President, RZIM Ministries) states, “I don’t know if there is a more strategic ministry involved now, in our world, than i2 Ministries to reach the Muslims, to find a bridge, and to communicate to them. It is one of those hinges I think that will determine the future of the world.”

The following are i2 Ministry endorsements from some of the outstanding evangelists and apologists of our day:

“As the Iron Curtain fell in the twentieth century, so the Islamic Curtain shielding the Muslim world from the proclamation of the Gospel is destined to fall in the twenty-first. The courses contained in i2 Ministries curriculum will help to equip churches and individuals to reach Muslims effectively with the life-changing message of Christ.”-Dr. William Lane Craig, Research Professor of Philosophy Biola University/Talbot School of Theology and Reasonable Faith President

“Having personally reviewed the proposals and teaching materials I can see that this organization will provide an educational and resourcing framework for the church that currently does not exist. The resources created by this strategic vision are essential to equip and train missionaries and lay leaders on and off the field in addition to bolstering the ministries of hundreds of organizations….I am personally committed to doing all that I can to serve the success of this ministry….Church based training is a trend and reality today…. There is no ministry that provides better training in churches for Ministry to Muslims than i2 Ministries. i2 Ministries’ “Mission Muslim World: Foundations” not only radicalizes the nominal church attender, but equips them to fulfill the great commission in their own life.”-Josh McDowell, President Josh McDowell Ministries

“For a number of years now, I have had the privilege of working with Joshua Lingel in his capacity as a dedicated Christian communicator to Muslims. Josh’s passion, scholarship, and vision have been translated into making helpful evangelistic, cultural and apologetic resources available to the wider church in a highly accessible way. I commend Josh and i2 Ministries for their efforts to foster biblical reflection on mission, to maintain high standards of biblical integrity and cultural sensitivity in the methods as well as the mission, and to engage Islamic thought in terms that are clear, faithful to the scripture and which offer a truly grace-based alternative for life.”-Stuart McAllister, Vice President of Training and Special Projects Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

I highly recommend the equipping resources at i2 Ministries for churches, whether small or large group, as well as for individuals who the Lord has called to the Muslim harvest field which is “white unto harvest.” The i2 Ministries site and resources can be found at: https://i2ministries.org

i2 Ministry Vision

CRESCENT PROJECT NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2019

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October 22 – 24 | Nashville, TN-USA

 

Conference highlights:

Workshops and keynotes taught by some of the world’s foremost experts in Muslim ministry

Content at different levels for audiences of all types, from first-timers to experienced leaders

Powerful first-hand stories and testimonies from Believers from a Muslim Background

For more information and how to register for the conference, here

 

From RZIM:
“We are pleased to announce our third annual RZIM Summit taking place July 10-13, 2019 at Acadia Divinity College in beautiful Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. This year, the Summit focus is “All Nature Sings: God and the Natural World”.

Speakers include: Ravi Zacharias, Andy Bannister, Abdu Murray, Logan Gates, Anna Robbins, Alycia Wood, Margaret Manning Shull and many more.

More about the conference & how to register, here

As you can see from my site, I am very much a promoter of evangelism/apologetic resources. In this day and age we are endowed with an “embarrassment of riches,” when it comes to evangelism/apologetic resources, and it is my hope that by promoting such riches, that it will help in equipping my Christian brothers and sisters to become the Christian case-makers that Jesus has called us all to be. (Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:19-20; 1 Peter 3:15)

The following article is from J. Warner Wallace who is the founder and director of the Cold-case Christianity web site which is one of the premier Christian case-making, or dare I say, apologetics, resources on the web today. It is a tremendous resource with a volume of free resources that will enable any Christian to become an effective case-maker for Gospel. (J. Warner Wallace is also the author of several ground breaking books which can be found at the links following this article.)

So in this post I am borrowing both from J. Warner Wallace and James Boccardo, the author who’s book Jim highlights in the following post from Cold-Case Christianity:

What If Christians Were “Unsilenced”?
by J. Warner Wallace, Cold-Case Christianity site

I love to borrow a good idea, and I’ll confess that I’ve been borrowing from James Boccardo for some time now. James wrote a book several years ago called, Unsilenced: How to Voice the Gospel, and I have been using it with groups around the country ever since. I met James at a conference in North Carolina where he and I were speaking; he sent me the book prior to the event. As soon as I read it I knew I’d discovered an “evergreen” resource I would use for years to come.

If you’re the kind of person who recognizes your responsibility to share the Gospel with people in your life, but find yourself hesitant or uncertain as to how you ought to begin, this book is for you. Although I’ve explored a number of books on evangelism (while in seminary and during my time as a pastor), I continue to return to this book for the following reasons:

It’s Practical
James is focused like a laser beam. He understands our fear and hesitancy and has learned to overcome these obstacles in his daily life. He’s an active evangelist who uses a single question to begin conversations that lead to the gospel: “What do you think happens after you die?” This simple approach is an effective “jump starter”; it is the practical foundation from which James begins.

It’s Accessible
Unsilenced is a very quick read. I read it on the flight to the North Carolina conference from Southern California. James is a layperson (graduating from UNC Chapel Hill and currently pursuing his M.A. in Biblical Studies) and he’s written the book in accessible language that simplifies the important issues as a catalyst for other laypeople.

It’s Responsive
What I love most about Boccardo’s book is the time he spent anticipating objections from non-Christians. In this sense, Unsilenced is a Case Making book that provides readers with a simple apologetic approach to evangelism. James’ “Bumps in the Road” chapter provides a responsive strategy for nineteen common objections. You’ll love the simplicity with which he navigates conversations.

It’s Doable
Unsilenced is a “get off your butt and get moving” kind of book that will provide you with an effective strategy to start sharing the Gospel. It has a modest goal and achieves this goal in 170 quick pages. Unsilenced takes the fear out of evangelism by providing a path to the Gospel, and Boccardo has cleared this path for us.

If you’re like me, you’ve been in conversations with people you hardly know and wanted to find a way to share the Gospel. Maybe you tried to direct the conversation toward the things of God, or maybe you waited patiently for the topic to emerge on its own. Now, when I find myself in these situations, I immediately think of Unsilenced and find the courage to ask the first question. James Boccardo has accomplished what he set out to achieve; he’s helped me to speak up when I might otherwise be silent. I can only imagine what a difference it would make if all of us were unsilenced.

J. Warner Wallace is a Dateline featured Cold-Case Detective, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Adj. Professor of Apologetics at Biola University, author of Cold-Case Christianity, God’s Crime Scene, and Forensic Faith, and creator of the Case Makers Academy for kids.

J. Warner Wallace Interviews James Boccardo on STR Radio

How Do I Start Conversations about God and Christianity?-J. Warner Wallace

How Do We Equip Students for Evangelism?-J. Warner Wallace-oneminuteapologist.com

Other resources:
Conversational Evangelism-Learning to enjoy the ride-by Lane
Forensic Faith-How to empower and keep our youth-by Lane

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Related articles
Conversational Evangelism-Learning to enjoy the ride-by Lane, here
Forensic Faith-How to empower & keep our youth-by Lane, here


I am a daily visitor to the Stand to Reason website. I highly recommend this site to anyone who is committed to evangelism as defined by Norman & David Geisler:

“Evangelism is every day, and in every way, helping your nonbelieving friends to take one step closer to Jesus Christ. This means in practice that every day we need to ask ourselves, “What do I need to do today to help my nonbelieving friends take one step closer to Jesus?”

 
Recently an article was posted by Tim Barnett of Stand to Reason which includes his interview with Alisa Childers. I found Tim’s comments to be both illuminating and a challenge to the church in North America to embrace the cultivating of the mind as commanded by Jesus (Matt.22:37) through apologetics (1 Peter 3:15; Col. 4:5-6). His message is particularly pertinent for Christians today in carrying out the Great Commission that our Lord and Savior gave to His followers before His ascension (Acts 1:8).

Tim highlights the scriptural requirement and/or command for the Christian to cultivate their mind via apologetics. These four points are taught as the foundation for the scriptural basis for apologetics by Norman Giesler:

1) The Bible commands it–(1 Peter 3:15; Col. 4:5-6)
2) The culture demands it
3) The Church needs it
4) The results confirms it

 
(Tim unpacks these four points in his interview)

In order to lessen the trepidation towards apologetics, I would like to offer the following definitions to clarify exactly what we mean when we say the word, ‘apologetics.’

“Apologetics lays the ground for the invitation, evangelism extends it.”–Alister McGrath

“Christian apologetics may be defined as that branch of Christian theology which seeks to provide rational warrant for Christianity’s truth claims.”–William Lane Craig

“To be ignorant and simple now–not to be able to meet the enemies on their own ground–would be to throw down our weapons and to betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defense but us against the intellectual attacks of the heathen. Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.”–-C. S. Lewis

“If we are going to be wise, spiritual people prepared to meet the crises of our age, we must be a studying, learning community that values the life of the mind.”–J. P. Moreland

“Christianity is…rarely understood by those outside its bounds. In fact, this is probably one of the greatest tasks confronting the apologist–to rescue Christianity from misunderstandings.”
–-Alister E. McGrath

“It is for that reason that Christians who depreciate the value of apologetics because ‘no one comes to Christ through intellectual arguments’ are so short-sighted. For the value of apologetics extends far beyond one’s immediate evangelistic contact. It is the broader task of Christian apologetics to help create and sustain a cultural milieu in which the Gospel can be heard as an intellectually viable option for thinking men and women. In his article “Christianity and Culture” the great Princeton theologian J. Gresham Machen rightly declared,
“False ideas are the greatest obstacles to the reception of the gospel. We may preach with all the fervor of a reformer and yet succeed only in winning a straggler here and there, if we permit the whole collective thought of the nation to be controlled by ideas which prevent Christianity from being regarded as anything more than a harmless delusion.”
Unfortunately, Machen’s warning went unheeded, and biblical Christianity retreated into the intellectual closets of cultural isolationism, from which we have only recently begun to re-emerge.”-William Lane Craig

Tim Barnett boldly states, “You can’t do evangelism today without apologetics.” From my own personal experience of engaging people of diverse religious persuasions (Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, etc.) on a daily basis, I wholeheartedly agree with Tim’s statement. Everyone I engage in a spiritual conversation has questions as well as misunderstandings about the Christian faith. Some people have asked me why I am a Christian, my response is always–because it is true. Which is usually followed by, “Well, that’s a bold (or arrogant) position. How can you be so sure it is true?” If I had not taken the time to study (aka “love God with my mind”) so that I could present a defense and reason (1 Pet. 3:15) for why I believe what I believe’ I would have left the person thinking, “true for him, not for me,” and I would have failed that person who God had placed in my path to reach with “the Way, the Truth and the Life.” (John 14:6)

All I ask is that you give Tim a hearing–I know it will be worth your time.

An Apologetic for Apologetics-with Tim Barnett-a Alisa Childers podcast

Resources
Alisa Childers-Apologetics, Theology, Culture & Worship, website, here
Apologetics and Evangelism-oil & water, or peaches & cream?-by Lane, here
The Intellectual ‘ostrich’-Pt. 1-‘apologetics isn’t for me’-Really? It’s time to open your Bible-by Lane, here
The Intellectual ‘ostrich’-Pt. 2-Survival to influence…the embarrassment of riches-by Lane, here
Forensic Faith-How to empower and keep our youth-by Lane

(This is an article from the July-August 2013 issue: A Historic Wind is Blowing Through the House of Islam)

Any-3 Lead Muslims to Christ Now! (NOTE: You can order the book, Any-3 Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime-Lead Muslims to Christ Now!, here. It is one of the best equipping resources for leading your Muslim friends to the saving knowledge of Christ).

Introduction

Any-3 is a five-step process which starts with getting acquainted and leads to discovering whether the Holy Spirit is at work in that person’s life to convict them of sin and prepare them for salvation.

Mike Shipman and his team experienced years of fruitless ministry in a “resistant” Muslim field. In desperation they decided to simply present the Gospel to everyone as a way to discover who the Spirit was already drawing to follow Jesus. Those who were responsive would then receive discipleship toward faith in Jesus.

“The First and Last Sacrifice Story” is the simple gospel presentation they developed.

To their amazement, Mike’s team found that the Holy Spirit has prepared some Muslims to accept Christ within minutes or hours of hearing the gospel, even without an investment of months or years to build relationships.

They suddenly found the people among whom they were working to be highly receptive. And from this experience they identified various false perceptions which had been crippling their ministry, which they dubbed Be-e Stings.

Seven years after their first new believer, Shipman and his team report the following fruit:

More than 5,000 Muslims … have professed faith in Jesus Christ through Any-3 style evangelism. … Of the more than 450 groups that have formed among our people group, one-third of them are fourth generation and beyond. …

We are doing today what very few people dreamed possible among Muslims—sharing the gospel and often hearing them say, “Thank you.”

Distinctives

Simple: A person can learn Any-3 in an hour, practice it with a friend that afternoon, and have fruitful interaction with Muslims that evening!
Natural: “It feels spontaneous and free, helping Christians live an evangelizing lifestyle.” Yet Any-3 provides a simple and natural path for moving from casual conversation to a gospel presentation and inviting a positive response.
Adaptable: “Because its principles derive from the evangelism pattern modeled by Jesus in John 4, Any-3 can be adapted to virtually any culture or worldview.”
God is using Any-3 to awaken and empower His people to eagerly share the gospel once again. Those who do are experiencing for themselves the gospel’s power and joy.

Five-Step Process
As he walked through a secluded area of a conservative Muslim suburb, Derek prayed for the Lord to connect him with someone with whom he could share the gospel.

Hasan was sitting at a small food stall drinking juice as Derek passed by. Hasan was waiting for his wife, who was in a salon. Seeing Hasan, Derek purchased a drink as well, and sat down near him.

The two began making small talk as they passed the time. Quite naturally Derek asked Hasan about his religion. The conversation maintained a relaxed tone, but Derek knew where he wanted it to go. With a few casual questions, Derek suggested that mankind shared a common sin problem. Hasan agreed, “Yes, we’re all sinners.”

Derek asked Hasan what he was doing to get his sins forgiven. Hasan mentioned three of the five activities his religion requires to please God. Then Hasan admitted, “My sins aren’t forgiven yet. I don’t know when they’ll be forgiven. On the judgment day, I can only hope my sins will be forgiven.” Derek was expecting this answer, knowing that Muslims rarely have any assurance of their own salvation.

Derek then politely, yet confidently, told Hasan that he knew his own sins were forgiven. He then explained how he knew, by telling Hasan a story identifying Christ as God’s sacrificial Lamb, who died for our sins and was raised from the dead. Derek concluded by telling Hasan that anyone who surrenders himself to Jesus, with repentance of sin and belief in the gospel, will have his sins forgiven.

Hasan responded by agreeing. It made sense to him that his good works could never cancel out all of his sins, but that God had made a way for forgiveness through Jesus. When Derek asked Hasan if he believed the gospel, Hasan replied with words of sincere conviction and openness. He was convinced that what Derek had shared was true, even though this was the first time he had heard the good news about Jesus’ sacrifice for him.

Derek then quoted Romans 10:9, explaining the need for repentance and surrender to Jesus Christ as Lord. That night, Hasan believed that God was calling him to salvation, and prayed to surrender himself to Jesus. And Derek’s evangelist zeal was renewed. (end of excerpts from the article)

For the complete article, here

Also visit my Evangelism to Muslims resource page, here

Engaging with Islam is a video course designed to give Christians in Western countries a practical introduction to the history and teaching of Islam and a foundation for evangelism and answering common questions and challenges that their Muslim neighbors, co-workers, fellow-students, etc., may bring up in conversation. The course can be done individually, in a small group or as part of leadership training. Anyone can lead this course as leaders notes and answers are provided. The course is a mix of preparation material, group discussion and a video presentation.

What makes this course particularly appealing is the access to the course. The entire course is on-line and free! The course is conducted by Samuel Green, a Anglican Interfaith Chaplain and co-founder of the excellent research site: answering-islam.org (You can access Samuel’s articles here)

The following is the introductory video to the course:

The course can be accessed at the Engaging with Islam website, here

There are also many other evangelism resources at the Engaging with Islam website for use in ministering to your Muslim friends, so please take time to check it out and avail yourself of the resources.

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