I live in an area where there are a lot of muslims. I am getting to know some, and my heart goes out to all of them, because they are living their lives in fear and captivity. Yet, I feel that I need help in reaching this massive "oikos" (group of people). That's why I have started this discussion, so that we can help each other reaching these people whom Christ so highly loves and died for.
I'll start out with some thoughts:
Though I know that there is only one gospel of Christ, I have seen that it is presented in many various ways. This is clear through both Jesus' own ministry, as well as all through the book of Acts.
First of all we need the Spirit in our evangelism, not merely methods! But still it is helpful to understand how people think, and I don't believe that excludes the need of the Spirit. What is the key to their thinking - what do we need to focus on to see their hearts open?
Many muslims that I have heard of - and some that I've talked to - have had various dreams and other signs directly from the Lord. We need to pray, depend on and co-operate with what God is doing. His signs and wonders are heart-openers that can touch people more than mere words.
As with all people, muslims need to see that it is not their own deeds that can bring them salvation, but only through accepting the grace of God. They are often driven by fear and condemnation, and the thought of simply accepting is hard, not being used to humble themselves, but rather reaching for the sky.
Obviously I have much more to say, but I'll leave it with that for now - and I really hope that people who themselves have been reaching out to islamic groups will contribute and share their experiences.
- pf -