Monday, February 20, 2012

The Bible, the Koran and Confrontation with the Truth

This brief but well articulated video has some great information about the Bible and the Qur'an. I attended the Bridges Seminar taught by Fouad Masri of the Crescent Project and found it to be some of the most applicable and relevant teaching for the local church on how to reach Muslims.

My interaction with Muslims forces me to view the Bible in new ways and find new ways to articulate its authority. It has also reminded me again and again of the transforming power of God's Word. According to the Crescent Project the top three reasons Muslims come to know Christ are:

1. They met an authentic Christian
2. They read the Bible
3. They had a dream or vision

Usually number one and two go together. While many evangelists (and Scripture itself) teach that the truth of Scripture is veiled to the eyes of the unbeliever (Romans 1:18, 2 Corinthians 3:12-18), the Holy Spirit works with the Word to bring revelation.

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
Psalm 19:7

Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.
Proverbs 13:13

Scripture confronts both unbelievers and believers with the truth. We experience life or death according to our reception of the truth by faith. This confrontation creates a conflict within, and out of that conflict comes transformation either to new life or to greater rebellion and condemnation. May we read the Word with faith and may we confront the world with the truth.

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