This is King Jesus Evangelism (Gospeling)

By “Anna”:

Instead of starting a new religion, Jesus of Nazareth ushered in a kingdom where he reigns as King. In this kingdom, people are healed physically and spiritually. The poor finally have some Good News. Dead people are raised to new life in Jesus.

For any of us to move toward Jesus, the supernatural must occur. The Holy Spirit wind of God must blow through my life, regenerating my enemy soul. In Jesus’ words to Nicodemus, “You must be born again.”

Ephesians 2:4-5 describes the miracle: “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…” (NKJV, emphasis mine).

As I interact with Muslim friends, I attempt to introduce them to Jesus Christ and the reality of his kingdom reign. With a growing admiration for Jesus, we can learn together what it looks like to obey him gladly. I look for the day when Muslims unburden themselves at Jesus’ feet, without taking on my religious baggage in the process. This is clearly supernatural!

In my years of building relationships with Muslims, I have shifted my focus away from winning converts to my religion. Muslims are not prizes to be won. We are all flawed human beings who desperately need Jesus. I am identifying more with John the Baptist, who saw his role as a “mere stagehand” in the drama Christ is unfolding in the nations (Luke 3:16 MSG).

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Randy Gabrielse

    I appreciate Anna’s perspective of introducing Muslim neighbors to Jesus and shifting from producing converts to building loving relationships with her neighbors. As I have led study of the Bible with the poor and marginalized, I have learned more and more ways that Jesus’ command to “love your neighbor” and to demonstrate “the fruits of the Spirit” goes far deeper than I previously realized, and that they often understand Jesus’ gospel far better than hyper-educated scholars.

    Peace

  • http://lotharlorraine.wordpress.com/ Lothar Lorraine

    Hello Anna.

    “Instead of starting a new religion, Jesus of Nazareth ushered in a
    kingdom where he reigns as King. In this kingdom, people are healed
    physically and spiritually. The poor finally have some Good News. Dead
    people are raised to new life in Jesus.”

    I don’t doubt that many people, including you, have experienced wonderful changes through your encounter with the risen Christ.

    The problem is that if we look honestly around us, we won’t fail to see non-Christians having experienced spiritual changes bearing the same fruits.

    How do you personally deal with this?

    I believe that the light and love of God shines upon every human being and that people of different religions and worldviews may very well get transformed by His love, even tough He uniquely showed us His human face through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

    Friendly greetings from Europe.

    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

    http://lotharlorraine.wordpress.com


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