Al was a gas attendant that I met at a local gas station. In Oregon, there is a law that only a gas attendant can pump gas. This gives opportunity at times to share the gospel with people despite what some as inconvenience. Here was my approach to sharing the gospel with Al.
Al claimed to be a Muslim but was not as strong of a Muslim as some that I have met. But the approach is the same. I like to begin with something that breaks the ice. Do you go to church is great because I don’t mind inviting people to church. Al’s response was I am Muslim. Anyone who responds with a religious based response I like to ask what do you believe? The reason is for most people whether they are Muslim, Catholic, Jew, Jehovah Witness, or any other religion can still mean a lot of different things. So rather than assuming I find out what people believe by telling me and then I know how to bring them the gospel. It saves time and years from know the gospel.
Turns out the Al wasn’t a devout Muslim. He said that he prayed regularly with his parents. I asked what he thought about Jesus to which he wasn’t sure what he believed about Jesus except maybe he was a good prophet. Since what we believe about Jesus is important I like to address this issue.
Begin with the law of God. The first commandment is to Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and strength and to have no other God’s before him. I believe changing the person of Christ is a departure from this commandment. So I use it to point out there is one God. The rest is our actions toward God based on our beliefs about Him. Since many people try to be a good person, including Al, to get into heaven it is important that we show them the truth about Romans 3 which says that there is none good. Once the law establishes and exposes our evil deeds it is much easier to see that it isn’t works that saves. Whether prayers, attendance to meetings, or simply trying to be a good person is not what God merits a persons salvation.
The requirement of the Law. The law of God requires the remission of sins to be satisfied through the shedding of blood.
Leviticus 17:11 states that “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.”
That is why Jesus Christ was called the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. No sacrifice, no forgiveness. And we can’t continue sacrifices because Christ did it once and for all. Makes the cross so much more wonderful to understand that Christ finished that work for all who believe. So this is where I change focus on whom Jesus Christ is.
The testimony of Jesus Christ. So the belief of a Muslim is that Jesus Christ was a good prophet. If he was a good prophet he wouldn’t claim to be God unless it were true. The reason Christ came into the world was to fulfill all righteousness (Matt. 3:15, Rom. 8:2). Muslims need to see that it is nothing good in them that saves but Jesus Christ’s goodness. So what is the testimony? Here is a few examples.
1) At his birth angels worship. Luke 2:13-14
2) Men worship through out his life- Magi, shepherds, the disciples, the sick, lame, both men and women. (Matt. 2:1-2, Lk. 2:8-20, Matt. 9:18 )
3) He healed multitudes. His testimony was authenticated by the miraculous power that he had. (Matt 4:23-25) The importance of multitudes is that it was undeniable. You would think that if multitudes experienced it and testimony was preached written about these things that someone could state how false it was. But there is no testimony.
The Claim that Sealed His Death. Jesus had many claims but one of the most astounding and controversial is his claim in John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” The I Am claim was the same claim that God made to Abraham. This was so offensive that the Jews picked up stones to kill him. Jesus told just a few verse back that “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He… He was crucified and they knew Him to be God in his resurrection.
The Testimony of James. Jesus half brother was James. I have two brothers and I know my own sinfulness and they know my own sinfulness. Not in a million years would I or my brothers say that I am God or the other way around. What was it the proof that turned James from doubter to tauter? The proof was in his resurrection. This is all good and fine until a testimony like James. And don’t forget that he wrote a book of the Bible about it. 1 Cor. 15:7-8 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. What does James say about Jesus? My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. James 2:1.
The Testimony of the rest of the Apostles. I think that the testimony of the Apostles is astounding. The reason is because right after his death they didn’t hang around believing that Jesus was going to be resurrected. The believed that he was dead some much that they locked themselves in their home for 8 days.
Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
John 20:18-20 (in Context) John 20 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!”
If you didn’t get this- that is twice we see Jesus coming to them. Both times the doors are shut for fear of the Jews. Both times Jesus speaks peace to you (because of fear). Doesn’t sound like victoriously believing right away to me. And to add to that they ended up going and preaching everywhere. What turns a hiding, fearful, locked in your home disciple to proclaiming resurrection touting apostle? THE RESURRECTION!
End with Repenetance. Anyone, everyone, every belief must repent and believe on Jesus Christ. It is that simple. Turn from your sin and be a doubter, reviler, or blasphemer no longer. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief.
I think this is a good method to share with the Muslim but it can be a good testimony for anyone you share the faith with. I hope that one day I see Al in heaven believing upon Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior.
What are your thoughts or approaches? I would love to hear from you and some thoughts about bringing someone to Christ whose a muslim.