Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Many of you know that DrOakley’s recent focus has been on the subject of Islam and that he’s working on getting his doctorate in Islamic Studies as well as mastering Arabic. This new focus has had a direct impact upon AOMin. For me, it has only been within the past year that I began studying Islam.

It has become my sincere belief that the next challenge Western Christians will face in the coming years is Islam. Therefore, I thought it would be beneficial to host and lead a discussion group on the religion of Islam. My primary purpose is twofold: First, to introduce the religion of Islam; Second, to provide a meaningful apologetic against Islam so as to better equip us to clearly proclaim and defend the gospel of Jesus Christ to Muslims.

When: Tuesdays at 5:30-6:45pm

Where: My house

Materials: Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross by Norman Geisler and Abdul Saleeb. Don’t forget your Bibles.

I believe it is the duty of the Saints to bring honor to God by clearly communicating the gospel to our sinful world. But to effectively explain our beliefs to Muslims we must do something that many of us despise: put forth the effort to understand what Muslims believe. We have to do our homework. We need to prepare.

It has been my desire for many years to be a useful tool in preaching the gospel to the unregenerate. And I believe that we ought to pray for witnessing opportunities where we are able to clearly communicate our faith – even to such groups as Muslims. We are not only to witness to our Romanist friends, our Oneness friends or our Latter-day Saint friends. We are to also reach our Muslims friends, trusting all along that God will save those whom He wills.

The Apostle wrote these encouraging words in his epistle to the Romans,

“14How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 15How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!"” (10:14-15, NASB).

We are the ones Paul wrote about in this text. It is our responsibility, and our privilege to carry the good news of salvation to our ungodly world. It is a privilege to witness to our Muslim neighbors! We ought to pray for and seek out opportunities where we might engage Muslims, not just with good deeds, but also with our speech. For indeed “faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17, NASB).

It should be our greatest desire to hold out the word of life (Philippians 2:16) to those who are in need of a perfect Savior, Jesus Christ.

Please get in touch with me if you are interested.



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