June 6th will begin a month-long observance of Ramadan for approximately 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, with nearly 6 million living in the United States. For many Christians Ramadan will come and go without much thought.
As Muslims enter into a month of prayer and fasting, could Ramadan be an opportunity for you to engage people who believe in Islam? What might happen if Christians used Ramadan to pray for and intentionally engeage Muslims in the United States? Most likely there are Muslims right around you, in your school, in your place of work, or throughout your community. Perhaps a geniune love for them, a repect for their culture, and intentional engagement could be the catalyst for sharing the gospel.
To encourage you to pray for and engage Muslims during the month of Ramadan, here are a few resources:
Ramadan, An Opportunity
This resource was developed by the IMB to help you think through different ways you might engage Muslims during the month of Ramadan. It includes a prayer guide to help you pray for Muslims each day during the month of Ramadan. Download the PDF attached at the end of this article.
An Overview of Islam
This resource was recently developed to accompany the most recent Secret Church study, “A Global Gospel in a World of Religions.” It is a brief overview of the major beliefs of Islam. Download the PDF at the bottom of this page.
A Global Gospel in a World of Religions
In his most recent Secret Church study, David Platt compares and contrasts the five major world religions, including Islam, with the gospel of Jesus Christ. David gives practical suggestions for talking to these followers of other religions about the gospel. Go here to listen to, watch, or download Secret Church 16, “A Global Gospel in a World of Religions.” Free resources include: the SC16 Study Guide (PDF), the SC 16 Discussion Guide for small group study (PDF), World Religions Chart (PDF), and Religions Overviews (PDF). DVD’s and hard copies of the Discussion Guide and Study Guide can be purchased here in our online store.