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The Mission Field Has Come to Our Home

In my mind, I take a flashback to the early 1970s, but I still feel like I am in the present. If you’re not careful, you will find yourself doing what many of us did when the Jehovah’s Witnesses knocked on our door beforehand Saturday morning. “Be quiet…get away from the door,” an adult would say. Why? Because no one had any answers most often. A second reason was probably that we don’t want to be bothered. However, rarely did anyone answer the door with a ready defense as to why we believed what we believed. In a real way this sounds so much like today. The only difference is that these new neighbors rarely knock on our doors, though they are just as much in need of Christ as those JWs.

It has been estimated that 7 million Muslims live in the United States. By Christ’s grace, some are surrounded by Bible-believing Christians. Even so, how many of these Christians have been equipped by their churches to enter a gracious conversation with Muslims and begin to build a relationship that will create an entrance to a conversation about Jesus? I am afraid few will be able to do so.

A Proper Response

Only Christ would be gracious enough to plant part of our mission field in our backyard.  Logically, the next step for us would be to get ready for them. Yet, that is exactly what we are not doing. It would be an overstatement to say Muslims are being bombarded with friendships and Christ as it relates to our activities towards them. Nevertheless, it’s time for that to change.  How, you might say? Room for Doubt is the answer.

Making Room for Jesus

Room for Doubt is a Christian worldview apologetics movement birthed out of the Indiana Creation Science Association. ICSA seeks to equip Christians with the answers they need to tout Christ in every situation we find ourselves in. On September 24, East 91st Christian Church (6049 East 91st Street) will be hosting this one-day apologetic workshop addressing ministry to Muslims. Fouad Masri, director of the Crescent Project, will be leading this event. You will leave being girded with all the information you will need to engage Muslims in a respectful Christ-centered way. The workshop will enable you to develop a meaningful, lifelong relationship with Muslims in order to introduce them to Christ.

If you love Jesus, please reach out to them. It is truly a matter of life and death. And you hold the answer.

For more information, please contact Grant Scott at GrantS@east91st.org or call him at 317-849-1261 x 2317, or visit https://www.east91st.org/event/863984-2016-09-24-room-for-doubt-conference/

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Hosea Baxter, MA, Hosea is Professor of Urban Leadership at Crossroads Bible College. Professor Baxter holds a BA in Religious Studies from Martin University, conducted graduate studies at Christian Theological Seminary, and graduated from Martin University with a Master’s degree in urban ministry and education (Summa Cum Laude). At the age of twenty-two, Hosea married Karen Ann (Paicely) Baxter. They have been married for over thirty-three years. They are the proud parents of four children: Sean, Monique, Stephanie, and Brittany; and are the grandparents of eight.

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