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IB: Pastor Q's suggestions for sharing the Gospel with Muslims
When Christians have conversations with Muslims about religion, Qusai Mahmud says, “We just have to be cautious and remember that they’re just like anyone else. They’re in desperate need of the Gospel, not in us condemning them.”

Mahmud, who goes by Pastor Q, leads Pilsen Community Church. He grew up in a culturally Muslim home and first heard the Gospel 15 years ago when his young daughter started attending an Awana children’s program at a local church. Pastor Q shares these suggestions for sharing the Gospel with Muslims:

1. Know your starting point. “We’ve got to be careful that we don’t approach Muslims by saying that they worship a false God,” he says. Muslims believe in the God of Abraham and therefore believe they worship the same God Christians worship. “That’s got to be the starting point.”

2. Share truth in love. Muslims needs to be shown the love of Christ just like our neighbors who look, think and act similarly to us, Q says. “We have to share the consequences of not accepting the Gospel, but I think we have to focus primarily on Christ and what Christ has done.”

3. Be conscious of cultural implications. After he became a Christian, he shared the Gospel with his brother and he also believed in Jesus. But Q’s father, a devout Muslim, hasn’t spoken to him in several years because of their religious differences. “It’s not just saying, ‘I’m going to follow Christ,’ but you’re also saying ‘I’m rejecting my family, my culture, the history of my people.’

“They need to give up a lot more than we realize to follow Christ.”

Last Published: July 26, 2013 4:27 PM
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