The genesis of Paul’s ministry in Athens was being “deeply troubled." Should we be deeply troubled about the world in which unreached Muslims live? Explain.
Read verses 17-18a
In the span of just a few words Paul engaged three audiences in three different styles of communication. He reasoned, spoke and debated. Each audience and setting required a different style. What is your preferred style? What is the value of getting this right? What is the consequence of getting this wrong?
Read verses 19-34
Follow the rest of Paul’s journey a section at a time. List one lesson from each of the following sections that gives guidance about sharing the gospel with unreached Muslims.
Have you ever wondered what it would take to change a life in the Arab world? What if it took riding crowded buses and old taxis, and other forms of transportation? What if it meant eating exotic foods? What if it meant learning a foreign language full of dots and squiggles?
What impact would it make upon those you’re trying to reach, if you were willing to do all these things?
What if the result was making life long friendships along the way?
Would the challenge of cross cultural living be offset by this result? Explain.
What if changing one person’s life meant changing your own?
What does this say about the process of bringing the gospel to unreached Muslims?
Why is now the time to get involved in bringing the gospel to unreached Muslims?
“He was now feeling much better and at age sixty-six was determined to start a mission station in Muscat, Oman. Benge, Janet; Benge, Geoff (2013-04-24). Samuel Zwemer: The Burden of Arabia (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) (Kindle Locations 642-643). YWAM Publishing. Kindle Edition.
When is someone too old to get involved in missions to unreached Muslims?
“No government or priest can forbid the simple conversing with friends concerning religion, and when they, inadvertently perhaps, purchase the Scriptures, we may put to them the question of Philip to the eunuch of Candace: ‘Understandest thou what thou readest?’ In this sense all Muslim lands are accessible, and in this way we are privileged to witness the truth as it is in Jesus to many.”… “[ The printed page] has a unique value as a means of carrying the gospel to Mohammedans…[ it] finds an entrance into many doors closed to the living witness and can proclaim the gospel persistently, fearlessly and effectively.” Benge, Janet; Benge, Geoff (2013-04-24). Samuel Zwemer: The Burden of Arabia (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) (Kindle Locations 1458-1461, 1793-1795). YWAM Publishing. Kindle Edition.
What does this say about an effective strategy to unreached Muslims?
The burden of Arabia is Islam, but that burden is being lifted. God’s providence and His gospel are at work.” Benge, Janet; Benge, Geoff (2013-04-24). Samuel Zwemer: The Burden of Arabia (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) (Kindle Location 1896). YWAM Publishing. Kindle Edition.
More Muslims are coming to Christ now than in the previous 13 centuries. How should this influence our involvement in missions to unreached Muslims?
Never have I regretted choosing a hard field and an impossible task. Benge, Janet; Benge, Geoff (2013-04-24). Samuel Zwemer: The Burden of Arabia (Christia Heroes: Then & Now) (Kindle Locations 1921-1922). YWAM Publishing. Kindle Edition.
What makes a person who has endured incredible ministry hardships, say this?
Read Global Starting Point 22
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