The course Sharing Lives intends to encourage Christians to share their lives with Muslims in five steps. Each step is addressed in one lesson. The first step is to look at one of the main obstacles of sharing one’s life with a Muslim, namely fear. The second step is to draw attention to one of the main ingredients needed in sharing one’s life with a Muslim, namely an attitude of grace. The third step is to understand Muslims and their faith and culture. The fourth step is to actually interact with Muslims and hear how they express their faith in daily life as well as their dreams and fears. The fifth and final step is achieved by explaining what it means to be an incarnational witness to one’s Muslim friend.
Lesson 1: Our View of Islam;
During this lesson we will look at Jonah’s unwillingness to be God’s servant among his enemies in Nineveh. Also the students will be helped to articulate and discuss their fear (and related attitudes of anxiety, prejudice, suspicion) and their questions and concerns of Islam or Muslims and understand the justification of these. In conclusion we will look at our fear of Islam in light of God’s Word in Isaiah 40-54.
Lesson 2: Developing a Grace Response to Muslims;
In this lesson we will look at the grace of God in Jonah’s life and his unwillingness to be a channel of this grace. Also the students will learn to understand the importance of grace of God in the Bible and in their own lives. We will also help the student to develop an attitude of grace towards Islam and Muslims.
Lesson 3: Understanding Muslims;
In this lesson we will provide the student with accurate information about key aspects of Islam and we will look at what Islam teaches about the prophet Jonah.
Lesson 4: Meeting with Muslims;
During this lesson the students have an opportunity to meet and interact with Muslims, to learn about their faith, their lives. They will be encouraged to ask intelligent questions to Muslims and reflect on the responses they have heard.
Lesson 5: Building Relationships that Last
In this lesson we will help students to understand the importance of relational and incarnational witness and encourage them to proactively build meaningful relationships with Muslims that will enable them to share Jesus Christ with them. We will also provide the students with suggestions and tools that help him/her to develop a friendship with a least one Muslim.
After each lesson the student will be given some home work. This will take an average of 30 minutes per lesson to complete. The students will get notes of each lesson. The lesson will be supported by powerpoints and also video clips and DVD’s will be shown.