Do you live in the United States or Canada? Are you a Christian and want to reach the unreached and unengaged nations around the world? …. Well, do not pack your bags and do not buy that plane ticket quite yet. Instead go knock on your neighbors next door.
Watch this video to see what I mean:
The following are my notes from a workshop at the Legacy Conference 2013 by David Wood and Sam Shamoun.
Objection # 1 – The Bible has been corrupted.
Muslims have to believe that the bible is corrupted, but their scriptures teach them that no one can corrupt the scriptures.
This is what we call “The Islamic Dilemma” because current Muslims tell us that we should not trust our bible but Muhammad and the Qur’an tell us that we should trust the bible.
For example consider these passages:
Qur’an 3:3-4 – He has revealed to you the Book with truth, verifying that which is before it, and He revealed the Torah and the Gospel aforetime, a guidance for the people, and He sent the Qur’an.
How do we connect with people from a different culture and language?
Learn The Right Perspective
Did you know that we are all ethnocentric? We focus on our own culture and think that it is the right way.
How did Jesus see the world? (John 4)
Did you ever wonder how this woman in John 4 knew that Jesus was a Jew? Maybe it was the way he smelled? Maybe it was his accent? Maybe it was the way he dressed?
In some culture sleeping on a mattress is not a norm. When we were at Vietnam we slept on the floor. The interesting thing about these people was that they were from America, but they kept this cultural distinctive.
Our culture teaches us what is right and wrong and we assume that is what should be right in their cultures. Continue reading
One is very often asked at present whether we could not have a Christianity stripped, or, as people who asked it say, ‘freed’ from its miraculous elements, a Christianity with the miraculous elements suppressed. Now, it seems to me that precisely the one religion in the world, or, at least the only one I know, with which you could not do that is Christianity. In a religion like Buddhism, if you took away the miracles attributed to Gautama Buddha in some very late sources, there would be no loss; in fact, the religion would get on very much better without them because in that case the miracles largely contradict the teaching. Or even in the case of a religion like Mohammedanism, nothing essential would be altered if you took away the miracles. You could have a great prophet preaching his dogmas without bringing in any miracles; they are only in the nature of a digression, or illuminated capitals. But you cannot possibly do that with Christianity, because the Christian story is precisely the story of one grand miracle, the Christian assertion being that what is beyond all space and time, what is uncreated, eternal, came into nature, into human nature, descended into His own universe, and rose again, bringing nature up with Him. It is precisely one great miracle. If you take that away there is nothing specifically Christian left. There may be many admirable human things which Christianity shares with all other systems in the world, but there would be nothing specifically Christian. Conversely, once you have accepted that, then you will see that all other well-established Christian miracles-because, of course, there are ill-established Christian miracles; there are Christian legends just as much as there are heathen legends, or modern journalistic legends-you will see that all the well-established Christian miracles are part of it, that they all either prepare for, or exhibit, or result from the Incarnation. Just as every natural event exhibits the total character of the natural universe at a particular point and space of time; so every miracle exhibits the character of the Incarnation.
C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock. (Grand Rapids: Eerdman’s, 1970), pp. 80-81
LAW-BASED RELIGIONS: “I obey so that I will be accepted.” The basis for every religion is some morality I must ascribe to. There are these things that I have to do. If I do them, then God will be pleased with me. And if I do not do them, God will not be pleased with me. So as long as I can do what’s right and avoid what’s wrong, then God will be pleased with me.
GRACE-BASED RELIGIONS: “I’m accepted, therefore I obey.”
LBR: The motivation of religion is almost always fear and insecurity. For example, the fear of some kind of hell, bad karma, etc…
GBR: The motivation that lays behind the gospel is grateful joy. Heaven is not a place for those who are afraid of hell, it’s a place for those who love God.