"Heavenly Father, You are bringing many Muslims to our country. As I meet and interact with these men, women, and children, help me understand their faith, and grow in my own, that through my words and actions You may show them the light of Christ. I pray in Jesus' Name. Amen." 

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Beginning Sunday, October 15, Christian Education will offer a two-part video series on "The Challenge of Islam".  The comprehensive Bible Study, with Arab-Christian Sam Shamoun, is broken into Part One (five weeks) and Part Two (six weeks), and will take place during the normally scheduled discussion period, following the Sunday worship service. Shamoun's presentation throughout is centered on the goodness of God's saving grace through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.  All are invited to participate.

 

We are not studying Islam to criticize or ostracize our increasing numbers of Muslim neighbors, but rather to understand more fully the faith they have, understand its challenge to Christianity and our society, and know better how to respond in Christian love.

 

We don't know the exact number of Muslims living in the United States today, but seven million seems a pretty good estimate. As that population keeps growing so will their influence in our world. What affect will their Muslim faith have

Many people think of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as ancient religions that all worship the same God, and even share many of the same prophets. But that would be a tragic mistake.

 

This two-part Bible study explores the beliefs of Islam and illuminates Muslim religious practice. Guiding the discussion is Sam Shamoun, an Arab-Christian born in Kuwait but raised in the United States. Well-grounded in the doctrines of Islam, he believes in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. 

In the first study, The Challenge of Islam (Part One): What is Islam?, Shamoun's narrative casts much-needed light on Islam's historical development and explains in layman's terms how this faith is put into action by Muslims today. Throughout this study, he articulates and emphasizes the great hope Christians share in the saving grace of Jesus against the works-based futility inherent in Islam's message.

In the second study, The Challenge of Islam (Part Two): Defending the Christian Faith, Shamoun reviews key texts from the Qur'an and the Bible, challenges Islamic presuppositions concerning Qur'anic priority, and refutes the notion of the Bible's supposed textual corruption. Additionally, he clarifies topics such as the Muslim concept of the Trinity; the basis for jihad or "holy war" and its dynamic, three-stage process; and how society might be altered if non-Muslims were subjugated to a world governed by Islam.

 

Wayne Stuckey  

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