What I Read Online – 05/15/2012 (p.m.)

16 May
    • Put it this way. If you’re unsure of your illustration’s effectiveness, you’re unlikely to sell it to the crowd. A preacher who can’t explain his explanation is a sorry sight and runs the risk of undermining his message. And if you’re not sure whether it is appropriate, it almost certainly isn’t – rather it sounds as though it is going to distract your listeners, or at least some of them. If you’re not sure, don’t use it. Think of a better illustration. I don’t think preachers should be shock-jocks
    • she explained how we can introduce Muslims to Jesus through the Qur’an and how Muslims don’t have to stop being Muslims in order to enter the kingdom of God.
    • The Insider Movement (IM) remains a hot topic in missions circles. IM ideology is often identified, but not necessarily affiliated, with organizations such as Common Ground, Jesus in the Qur’an, or Common Path Alliance. This issue is extremely complicated and extremely important, making it difficult to write about. I seek in this article to clarify the Insider Movement, highlight its positive aspects, and address some of its dangerous practices.
    • Those of us who criticize the movement need to highlight the good things IM proponents seek to accomplish. The IM advocates I’ve met are wonderful people. I sympathize with many of their goals and ideas. They do not seek to destroy the body of Christ. They are winsome, intelligent people who love the Lord and want to see Muslims saved. They strive to communicate the gospel and remove as many obstacles as possible. In the process, they have helped the wider church body take contextualization seriously. For that we can be thankful.
    • Muhammad is not a prophet
    • We can be respectful and identify the positive contributions he made to society without agreeing that he is a prophet.
    • The Qur’an was not inspired by God.
    • But the gospel cannot be found in the Qur’an, because the Qur’an did not come to us through the inspiration of God as found in the Bible. While we may identity seeds of truth we can use to make in-roads for the gospel, faith in Christ cannot be built from within the Qur’an.
    • Don’t continue to call new followers of Jesus Muslims
    • I agree that Muslims who follow Christ shouldn’t be required to take on the name “Christian.” However, we should carefully think through the implications of this alternative.
    • While the word Christian can have a very negative connotation among Muslims, encouraging MBBs to retain the title “Muslim” can be confusing at best and deceptive at worst. Advocates for using the title “Muslim” argue that it literally means “one who submits to God.” This is semantically true. However, the word connotes much more—namely, one who follows the religion of Islam by confessing, “There is no God but God and Muhammad is his prophet.”
    • Whatever they choose, I’m chiefly concerned that they adopt a biblical self-identity and Christ-honoring gospel witness. In other words, do they know who they are based upon Scripture and the gospel, and do they witness to Christ?
    • Don’t reinterpret the Father and Son
    • Don’t forsake the church for the kingdom of God
    • However, emphasis on the kingdom of God can downplay the importance of the church.
    • We should view as suspect any form of church planting that does not seek to connect believers with the universal body of Christ and promote unity.
    • This doesn’t mean believers in the Islamic countries have to memorize the Apostles’ Creed or the Westminster Confession of Faith (although I think every Christian would benefit from doing so). But as believers, we have a rich resource in the saints who have gone before us. We should not rob our Muslim friends of that blessing.
    • The Apostle Paul had a lot to say about preaching, but I think the majority of it can be grouped under six main headings or ideas. You could, of course, extract specific teaching points from each one, but I think there’s value in looking at them in a broad sense. Here is what Paul says about the preaching of God’s Word

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