Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Journey to Jesus: A 6-Session DVD Curriculum

The jacket cover of this 6-session DVD curriculum reminded me that the goal of this teaching was for "Building Christ-centered friendships with Muslims." All six sessions were delivered with the love of Christ without compromise and each group of Christians and Muslims connected (respectively) via children, food and college.

I watched the Teaching Slideshow. I did not know that Hinduism was the first world religion. I also was educated regarding exactly who Buddha was. The Maps of War was excellent. For the educational value alone, this teaching would be perfect for a small group setting.

Session 1&2 with Kate and Salima was my favorite. The common bond which allowed Kate entrance to become friendly with Salima was their children. The balance Kate had between her home life, her Christianity and prioritizing her time was quite admirable. Salima was drawn to her and the relationship became one I would like to enjoy with a neighbor. Theirs was a casual, no pressure but caring relationship.

Sessions 3&4 focused on Larry and Azim. Their relationship focused around food (almost to a quasi-gluttonous degree). They were co-workers and Larry held Azim in high esteem for Azim's technical abilities. As with Kate and Salima, the two initially met outside their homes, but the last scene showed Azim at Larry's house. I liked that the end scene left me knowing that plans were to be made to continue the friendship.

Sessions 5&6 was the most challenging and frustrating relationship to observe. Brian and Abdul were partnered to work on a college assignment regarding world religions. A very angry Abdul was difficult to get along with and poor Brian was so kind, yet clearly persecuted. I was very sad about how their relationship ended but this demonstration of rejection was so very relatable!!

Journey to Jesus did an excellent job of portraying ways to connect with Muslims and each takeaway stuck with me. This DVD curriculum would be perfect for Sunday School class, a women's group or just to pass along to Christian friends. Nowadays, we are meeting many people from many walks of life. We must be educated and navigate the fine line of how to be in the world, but not of the world (John 17:14-15). God reminds us in His Word that friendship with the world is enmity with God (James 4:4). But above all we are called to love our neighbor; of which the definition is basically = anyone we come in contact with!

Speaking of the Word, it would have been refreshing and helpful to hear Scripture read during the interactions. I don't recall hearing any Scripture spoken. Possibly, I missed it, but I do not recall hearing any verses. 

I recommend this product from Tyndale House to be an excellent tool to share the love of Christ with Muslims without compromise (a delicate balancing act!). Sharing is truly a matter of life and death. Christians need to be prepared! This resource is a great first step in preparing to share the Gospel with Muslims.

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