Pierre Houssney, Government Director of Horizons Worldwide, says these Muslim-background believers face distinctive challenges as they develop of their new religion in Jesus.
“We have actually observed that some people who have believed in Christ from Muslim backgrounds, they will be attending a church for years and years…and they will be hearing Christian teaching, and all this time they are interpreting this Christian teaching with their Islamic lens from their background without having noticed it — like a fish who doesn’t know what water is because they have never experienced the air.”
The confusion comes with sure phrases and phrases within the Bible and Christian instructing that different believers typically take as a right.
“Many of these elements actually are situations where you have common terminology between Islam and Christianity, but those terms in each religion mean something completely different. So if you say the nature of God, the nature of man, the nature of sin, how you earn God’s favor, salvation, things like that, there is a completely different worldview that is underlying.”
This problem impressed Georges Houssney — Pierre Houssney’s father and the founding father of Horizons Worldwide — to create Cubs to Lions, a discipleship curriculum particularly for Christians who come from a Muslim background.
Pierre Houssney says, “In a approach, typically the trimmings of Christianity are being painted onto an Islamic worldview and it’s inflicting friction for them and it’s inflicting an absence of progress and an absence of fruit of their life.
“Those basic areas of worldview are where this curriculum really goes in and talks about those foundational issues, and then how do you live as a Christian? How do you belong to a church? What is your role in that? How do you carry out your Christian life in your family, in parenting, in marriage?… That’s really where the rubber hits the road for them.”
One other problem, apart from confusion on worldview, is the transitional battle between communities. Pierre Houssney factors out that for Muslims, changing to Christianity is tougher than merely leaving the mosque and going throughout city to the church as a substitute. It means a lack of the Islamic group, a lack of mates, and typically even a lack of relations.
For some, the loss is simply too nice. When the Church group fails to fill that hole, these younger Christian converts are tempted to return to their outdated Muslim religion and group. In Georges Houssney’s new ebook, this idea known as the “revolving door syndrome.”
“That is one thing that we have noticed time and time once more, the place Muslim converts will come right into a church they usually’re on the lookout for a group. They’ve left typically some tight-knit communities the place they’re simply residing life along with their Muslim brothers and sisters they usually’re hoping to discover a substitute for that within the Christian group.
“Often, the Church just falls short. They’ll come in on a Sunday morning, lots of warm greetings and things like that, and then they go through the service, and then maybe a little potluck afterward, and then ‘see you next Sunday’. So when they go Sunday to Sunday, they often don’t stick into the community because they don’t feel that they have been really taken in by a loving community that is a replacement for the community that they had before.”
Pierre Houssney says Cubs to Lions encourages Muslim-background believers with the significance of actually investing within the Physique of Christ. Typically, those that full the Cubs to Lions coaching discover themselves taking a extra lively position within the Church afterward.
Nonetheless, he additionally emphasizes to church buildings the non secular significance of holistically embracing these new Christians.
“One of the key elements of our teaching for churches and for people that want to serve Muslims is how to help your church become a friendly environment for somebody that does want to leave Islam and accept Christ and come into the Body of Christ.”
Since its inception in 2007, the Cubs to Lions curriculum has been in excessive demand. Horizons Worldwide first began providing Cubs to Lions conferences in Colorado. Since then, it has expanded to Canada, Australia, Lebanon, North Africa, and also will be provided in Paris this summer season.
“If you know of any person that has come to faith from a Muslim background that is in your church or anybody that you’ve heard of, I would highly recommend you refer them to us so we can reach out to them and offer them this training!” Pierre Houssney says. “We do provide scholarships for the training for those who can’t afford it and we have found that there is just a night-and-day difference.”
If you want to discover a Cubs to Lions coaching close to you, you will discover the checklist of occasions at EngagingIslam.org.
You may as well discover the Cubs to Lions movies in Arabic and English on-line right here!
Please pray for Christians who come from a Muslim background to really feel absolutely embraced by their new church group. Ask God to information their new religion journey. Pray that by way of discipleship sources like Cubs to Lions, their understanding of and witness for the Gospel could be strengthened.
Header photograph courtesy of Horizons Worldwide.