Using apologetics can be an effective way to reach Muslims, but it can be difficult for the untrained. There is an easier way – your story.
Apologetics is the art of using reasoning to defend religious doctrine. In common usage, the word has morphed into also convincing others of the soundness of that doctrine. It requires love, much training and rigorous discipline to be used effectively. Some Christians use it effectively. Many others try, and end up in useless arguments. It’s not necessary to argue with people or put their beliefs down in order to tell them of yours. Your story is powerful enough.
The story of your life before knowing Jesus, how you came to follow Him, and what changed as a result, cannot be naysaid. You are an eyewitness. Others may not believe you, but they cannot diminish the reality of your story. The power of Jesus in your life, whether dramatic or simple and steady, points to the reality of the gospel – the good news that Jesus, God in the flesh, died on the cross, rose three days later, and offers eternal life to those who repent of sin and follow Him as Lord and Savior.
God has made all Christians capable of living under the new covenant, part of which is to tell others that they can also be part of God’s family and enjoy the benefits of His kingdom.
4Such confidence we have through Christ toward God; 5not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God; 6who also made us sufficient as servants of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 WEB
Telling your story is simply telling how things were before you followed Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, how you came to follow Him, and the changes in your life. You may also want to consider prayer and spiritual warfare. All of these things are described more fully in my soon to be published book, Discipling Muslim Background Believers. It comes out in January 2019.
Let God continue to pour His Spirit out on you and tell your story as He leads. Leave the results to Him. That is what the untrained but caring college students did with me, and I became a Christian and have followed Him for more than 35 years.
Keywords: Muslim ministry, your story