A Review: The Gospel for Muslims

28 Jun

I recently finished reading Thabiti Anyabwile’s book, The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ     with Confidence.  The book’s author is the senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Grand Cayman and he holds both   a B.S. and M.S. in psychology from North Carolina State University.  From recounting his experience as a Muslim       who came to faith in Christ to the last exhortation to share the Gospel with Muslims, Thabiti lays out the true                 foundation of evangelizing Muslims and challenges us to trust in the Holy Spirit to act on it.

The book is split into two parts.  The first is simply entitled “The Gospel,” and it focuses on the Gospel message itself. The reason is, Thabiti (and I am inclined to agree) believes that the Gospel is the foundation for evangelizing Muslims and that at its core, sharing the Gospel with Muslims is much like sharing the Gospel with anyone else.  Thabiti does not present tricks or special techniques for evagelism, but rather, calls us to trust in the power of the Gospel, and the God to whom it points, for the salvation of men.  In addition to this, the first part of the book is filled with information regarding the differences between Islam and Christianity on the various issues of the Gospel (God, man, sin, Jesus, justice, etc.) as well as many helpful references to the Quran that actually serve to support Biblical Christianity.  I found the pointers at the end of each chapter to be helpful in summarizing the main points of the chapter, and I found Thabiti’s personal stories and experiences to be refreshing, as well as encouraging.

The second portion of the book focuses on five aspects of evangelizing Muslims that we must not overlook:

1. Be filled with the Spirit
2. Trust the Bible
3. Be Hospitable
4. Use the Local Church
5. Suffer for the Name

Each of these chapters points us to various aspects of Christianity which are often forgotten about or ignored by Christians.  What is tragic is that these things are powerful testimonies to the power of the Gospel working in the lives of believers.  Thabiti calls us to remember these things and seek, through faith, to live them out so that we might present a more Biblical example of Christianity to Muslims, as well as gain their respect and cultivate relationships.  His chapter on trusting the Bible is very good, and the chapter on hospitality both convicted and motivated me to live out this much maligned command of God and expression of faith.

Finally, the book ends with a chapter entitled, “Good News for African-American Muslims.”  This chapter brings to mind things we should remember in reaching out to African-American Muslims who have probably had exposure, for good or for bad, with Christians and/or the local church.

Overall, I think Thabiti has shed light on a topic which is, for many Christians (especially those in America) murky at best. This book states its purpose well: It is an encouragement to share Christ with confidence.  And, I think it accomplishes that task through a focus on the Gospel and helping us to more clearly, concisely, and lovingly share that message with our Muslim friends. Each chapter is filled with the wisdom of a man who has been on both sides of the discussion and who is now filled a passion to see other Muslims come to know the forgiveness and newness of life, as well as the love and joy that comes through faith in Jesus Christ.

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2 Responses to “A Review: The Gospel for Muslims”

  1. B & A June 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    Great review Tyler. I really enjoyed that book!

    • Tyler Helfers June 28, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

      Thanks a lot. Glad you enjoyed the book. Looking forward to seeing you guys in a few weeks. God bless as you continue class and training!

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