Lachlan* and his family have recently returned from serving as CMS missionaries in a Muslim-majority country. Checkpoint asked Lachlan to share some tips on sharing the Bible with those from a Muslim background.
When inviting people from a Muslim background to read the Bible with you, it’s important to think carefully about how to relate the Bible to the Muslim view of scripture. I normally talk about reading the ‘Holy Books’ and then describe these as ‘the Law’, the Psalms and the Gospel. I describe the Bible in this way because it makes it clear that Christians follow the teaching of all God’s prophets, and helps provide a connection between Islam and Christianity.
I have also found it helpful to focus on story passages in the Bible when sharing the Bible with Muslims. Begin by reading the story, for example a parable. After the story has been read, ask the person to tell the story again. If you’re in a group, the rest of the group can help out, so the story is remembered correctly.
After the story is retold, open up discussion about it by asking questions such as:
· If this story is from God, what does it teach us about his character? Who is God according to this story from his word?
· If this story is from God, what does it teach us about humanity? Who are we as humans? What is our character or nature?
· If this story is from God, what should I do in response? (Answers should be in the form of, “I will …”).
When this discussion is completed, end the gathering by asking:
· Who could you share this story with? (What is their name?)
As with anyone, Bible reading should never be done without also caring for the person with whom you read. It is helpful to ask the following questions when meeting with a Muslim to read the Bible:
· What are you thankful for today?
· What are you struggling with lately?
If you’d like more information about sharing the Bible with people from Muslim backgrounds, I recommend this website, which will help you create multilingual, cross-cultural Bible studies: http://dmlife.info/dbs_maker