Stand for Truth Thursday: 3 Tips for Sharing the Gospel with Muslims

From the LYWB.com Team: Hey girls! We recognize that standing for truth in school can be tough. (That’s true no matter where you go to school.) We want to equip you to live God’s truth and teach it to others, so we’ve created “Stand for Truth Thursdays.” You’ll love this post on sharing the gospel with Muslims from Paula.

I have a bad habit of collecting good books on my shelves, in my attic . . . all around me, really—without ever reading lots of them. I’m always prepared, though, as you never know when one might come in handy.

The Gospel for Muslims by Thabiti Anyabwile is one of those books. It has always intrigued me (and not looked too thick and daunting!), but it took a move to a new city for me to find the motivation to pull it from its cardboard box and prioritize it above other books.

When I moved into our new home, I was thrilled to learn a Muslim woman lives directly across from us on one side . . . and another Muslim family lives directly across from us on the other side. (This is pretty exciting for a girl who grew up surrounded by cornfields!)

We don’t have to conjure boldness up from deep within us. Boldness comes from being filled with the Spirit of God.

So I started digging into Thabiti’s book in earnest, especially because I’ve been praying for an opportunity to connect with the woman in the hijab across the street and that God’s light would penetrate her darkness.

You may not be surrounded by Muslim neighbors, but maybe you go to school with a Muslim or work with one—or will one day. So I want to share three takeaways I’ve gotten from this book so far that I think will help you, too:

1. It’s okay to feel afraid to share the gospel with Muslims.

Even Thabiti, who had experience doing so, shares of a time he was scared to death heading into another public debate with a Muslim. Here’s the thing: We don’t have to conjure boldness up from deep within us. Boldness comes from being filled with the Spirit of God. “In the book of Acts,” Thabiti shares, “the activity most frequently associated with the Spirit’s filling is speaking with boldness.” Here are just a couple examples:

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness (Acts 4:31).

Don’t keep silent when you are afraid. Pray that the Holy Spirit would fill you and give you the boldness you don’t have in order to be a witness for Him.

2. You have everything you need to share the gospel with Muslims.

You are equipped, even if you don’t feel like you are. The same message that saved you—the gospel—is the message that can profoundly transform your Muslim neighbors and friends. Seriously. Thabiti got me with this zinger on page thirteen: “In my experience, Christians know the gospel. They simply lack confidence in its power.” Ouch.

Share the gospel with Muslims. You don’t have to share it perfectly, without stumbling. You’re not responsible for whether they believe it; it’s simply your job to share with them the good news of Christ’s perfect life, death, and resurrection on their behalf.

3. Don’t try to minimize truths about God that you know your Muslim neighbor or friend won’t like.

For example, Muslims do not believe in the Trinity. The chief confession of Islam is, “There is only one God, and Muhammad is his messenger,” so they have a problem with one God in three persons. But rather than seeking to downplay this truth, Thabiti encourages us to “go there.” Why?

The same message that saved you—the gospel—is the message that can profoundly transform your Muslim neighbors and friends.

For one reason, we don’t get to create a God we understand. God says His “name” (singular) is “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19). Also, Thabiti explains, “We must cling to the Trinity because apart from the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, there is no possibility of eternal salvation. . . . The Father chose us (Eph. 1:4–6), the Son offered the only sacrifice without blemish that is able to purify us and satisfy the Father (Eph. 1:7), and the Spirit seals us and produces in us new birth” (Eph. 1:14).

Share who God is without feeling the need to apologize or “cover” for Him. God is not an idea; He is a Person—be true to who He is and what He shares to be true.

I’d love to hear. Do you know any Muslims?

Come back tomorrow to hear a bit more about The Gospel for Muslims and for a chance to win a copy!

About Author

Paula Marsteller

Paula no longer tries to catch guys’ attention by swallowing live goldfish, arm wrestling, and jumping down flights of stairs. (She’s married to a wonderful man now!) She spends her days caring for her son, Iren, and writing for Revive Our Hearts. She’s the author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom, and she and her family live in New York. You can catch all her writing on PaulaWrites.com.

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  • MoonBrightInTheNight

    I am very good friends with a muslim family who are my age. They are 2 students with a brand new baby and the female is my coursemate. I have had discussions with her about God and she asks me about Christianity and church and I just pray for them particularly everytime our group of friends get together and we have a great time. I love them and I pray that by being a faithful and obedient servant to God, I can say the right things and the truth shall set them free in his perfect timing. I definitely need to research more about the best way of sharing the gospel to them.

    • Gabrielle

      It would be a good idea to learn a little about their religion.

      • Reflectere

        I am a Christian studying Islamic history and Religious Philosophy. There is no need to be “afraid” of sharing the gospel with Muslims. What a radicalized notion! Are we Christians full of love or are we Christians full of ignorance and hate? Fear derives from what we know nothing about (ignorance) and what we reject (hate). There is much to love in the religion of Islam, and far more common ground than not. It’s people are not defined by the actions of fundamentalists who pervert religion in the name of a political agenda (terrorism is defined as an act of violence for some political motive). Muslims are wonderful people with a wonderful religion. Until Christians can accept that, they will make little headway in helping them come to know Christ – whose perfect love casteth out all fear.

        • Someoneintheworld

          I am hoping to study Islamic History in college. What is it like?

          • Reflectere

            I guess it depends on what your intents are in studying Islamic History and from who you learn. For example, Islamic history from a purely Western narrative carries many negative connotations due to unification ideologies relating with the War on Terror. I’m studying Islamic theology from Muslim theologians, scholars and philosophers in addition to the Western Narrative in order to attain an objective perspective.

    • Reflectere

      Maybe you should research and learn about their faith and what matters to them before you go on a crusade to indoctrinate them to your faith.

  • Gabrielle

    EXCELLENT!! Thanks so sharing!!

    “Thabiti got me with this zinger on page thirteen: “In my experience,
    Christians know the gospel. They simply lack confidence in its power.” – WOW…. just wow!!

  • Elisa

    Do I know any Muslims? Goodness, where do I start? At my school a huge amount of students studying to be pilots are Muslim. They were encouraged by their country to go and study abroad to get a good piloting education. As well as engineering, and business aviation. There are so many foreign students from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emerites, Malaysia, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Iran, Singapore, and they are all followers of Islam. I only have one friend who is a Christian, the rest of the people I am surrounded with everyday are Muslim. It has certainly been tough for me, I have definitely held back my opinions many times because the answer involves Jesus. I feel horrible about it. Thank you for posting this, I am definitely buying this book!

    • phendricks

      How cool, Elisa. Praying now that you will be free to not hold back!

  • Anne

    Just be yourself. You are not the Holy Spirit and He will do all the work. Love your new friend as you would any new friend in your life. Help when you can, bless her and be her friend. Be dependable, pray for her and witness through your acts of kindness, if a family is from another country teach them reading, include them in your family meals. I am now called “mom” by my new friend who is a refugee after only 7 weeks.

    • phendricks

      How encouraging, Anne. Thank you for investing in this new friend!

  • Someoneintheworld

    OH MY WORD!! I NEEDED THIS LIKE LAST YEAR!! I WISH I HAD THIS SITE B4!!! Now I have much more confidence in myself. I LOVE talking to Muslims about God. It gives me a good challenge. I’m hoping to become a missionary in NYC in about 5-6 years. I’m hoping God gives me some Muslims to work with there since they are my main focus. Could you guys maybe put some more articles about how to’s with Muslims? I’d really appreciate it! Thanks! and I LOVE this website! 😀