MENA – The Need for Discipleship

MENA - The Need for Discipleship

Islam poses one of the greatest challenges to the Church of Jesus Christ in this generation. Yet, more Muslims have come to Christ in the last 30 years than in the previous 14 centuries combined. God is working wondrous miracles among Muslims, drawing hundreds of thousands to saving faith in Christ. But the need is vast, and the global Church has remained largely unengaged with disciple-making among unreached Muslims.

Furthermore, when Muslims come to Christ, Christians often don’t know what to do with them, and fail to properly disciple them. Unfortunately, there has been a “revolving door” phenomenon among converts from Islam. According to the parable of the four soils, many are like the rocky soil or the thorny soil – though they accept the Word with joy, they either have no roots to sustain them, or become choked by the cares of this world. Prayerful, intentional, culturally appropriate, and solidly biblical discipleship is the only solution to this problem.

Discipleship of Christians from Muslim Backgrounds (CMBs) is the most critical factor for the future growth of the Church among Muslims. What witness will this generation of converts have among Muslims, and what legacy will they leave? Will they be shining examples of Christ-like character? Will they be knowledgeable of the Bible, love their enemies, and be honest in business? How will they treat their spouses and children? Will they be well-equipped to share the Gospel, disciple others, and pastor churches with grace, wisdom, and godliness? The answers to these questions depend on whether the global Church succeeds in discipling them.

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