Effective Discipling in Muslim Communities
Muslims who come to Christ face momentous spiritual, psychological and social obstacles that drive many to abandon their faith. Often conversion and discipleship are framed by individualistic Western models that do not acknowledge the communal cultural forces that constrain and...
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Muslims who come to Christ face momentous spiritual, psychological and social obstacles that drive many to abandon their faith. Often conversion and discipleship are framed by individualistic Western models that do not acknowledge the communal cultural forces that constrain and shape new believers. Effective discipleship requires a more relational, holistic process of Christian identity development and spiritual formation in community.In this comprehensive resource, missiologist Don Little engages the toughest theoretical and practical challenges involved in discipling believers from Muslim backgrounds. He draws on New Testament principles, historical practices and interviews with seasoned disciplers ministering in a dozen countries across the Muslim world. Addressed here are key challenges that believers from Muslim backgrounds face, from suffering and persecution to spiritual warfare and oppression. Also included are implications for the role of disciplers in church planting among Muslims.
Don Little (DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) serves as an Islamic missiologist for Pioneers. He has over thirty years of experience as a writer, editor, consultant and trainer and he has traveled widely in the Muslim world, including ten years in North Africa. He is also the co-founder of the Lilias Trotter Center, which was launched in 2014 to enable thoughtful Christian engagement with Muslims. He teaches the Christian study of Islam and missiology to students at Houghton College and to practitioners living and working among Muslims globally. Don is also the editor of the missiological journal from Pioneers, SEEDBED: Practitioners in Conversation.
- Muslims Who Come To Christ Face Momentous Spiritual, Psychological And Social Obstacles That Drive Many To Abandon Their Faith. Often Conversion And Discipleship Are Framed By Individualistic Western Models That Do Not Acknowledge The Communal Cultural Forces That Constrain And Shape New Believers. Effective Discipleship Requires A More Relational, Holistic Process Of Christian Identity Development And Spiritual Formation In Community.in This Comprehensive Resource, Missiologist Don Little Engages The Toughest Theoretical And Practical Challenges Involved In Discipling Believers From Muslim Backgrounds. He Draws On New Testament Principles, Historical Practices And Interviews With Seasoned Disciplers Ministering In A Dozen Countries Across The Muslim World. Addressed Here Are Key Challenges That Believers From Muslim Backgrounds Face, From Suffering And Persecution To Spiritual Warfare And Oppression. Also Included Are Implications For The Role Of Disciplers In Church Planting Among Muslims.
- <strong>part I: Biblical, Historical And Missiological Foundations For Discipling Believers From Muslim Backgrounds (bmbs)</strong>
- 1. Genuine Conversion To Christ Forms The Basis For Lifelong Discipleship2. Paul’s Understanding Of Discipleship And Spiritual Growth3. Discipleship From Christ To The Early Church In Luke-acts4. Contemporary Western Evangelical Approaches To Discipleship5. Historical Understandings Of Spiritual Formation In The Church6. Contextualization And Discipleship Within Muslim Communities7. The Goals, Processes, Roles And Stages In Discipling Bmbs8. The Living Pyramid Of Relational Communal Discipling Of Bmbs
- <strong>part Ii: Seasoned Practices In Discipling Bmbs</strong>
- 9. The Biggest Obstacles To Effective Bmb Discipleship10. Negotiating A New Identity In Christ Within Muslim Communities11. Discipling Bmbs In And Through Persecution12. Discipling In The Face Of Demonic Oppression And Attack13. Understanding And Handling Money Well In Discipling Bmbs14. Discipling Believing Families In Muslim Communities15. Suitable Roles For Expatriate Disciplersconclusion: Helping Believers And Churches Thrive In Muslim Communities
- Appendix A: The Demographics And Design Of The Research Conducted In 2007 In The Arab World On Bmb Discipleshipappendix B: Questions Asked During The Interviewsappendix C: Supplementary Tables Giving Further Informationappendix D: Navigating Between Two Identitiesappendix E: What About Witnessing Among The Sioux?works Citedauthor Indexsubject Indexscripture Index