What is Encountering the Word of Islam?
Encountering the World of Islam (EWI) is a 12-lesson course that moves participants from an awareness of Muslims to sharing in God's compassion for them. Combining typical learning assignments with experiential and online activities, EWI mobilizes and educates believers through readings, a variety of Muslim and Christian instructors from around the Muslim world, personal meetings with Muslims, a visit to a local mosque, and thoughtful discussion with fellow classmates. This rich combination makes EWI engaging and life-changing, empowering participants not just to understand but to reach Muslim peoples with the gospel of Christ.
Where will it be held?
International House of Prayer Eastern Gate located in 950 Raritan Road Cranford, NJ 07016
When will it be held?
Saturday mornings, starting September 17th, 2016 and continuing through December 17th. Each class begins at 10:00 a.m. and concludes at 1:00 p.m.
Why learn about the Muslim world?
Islam is considered by some to be the greatest challenge for Christianity today. There are more than two million Muslims in the U.S. Sadly, Christians rarely reach out to Muslims, and some feel Muslims are too difficult to reach with the gospel. Others simply don’t know how to share with their Muslim neighbors. EWI can help break down these barriers.
Friendships with Muslims are key to Muslims’ understanding of the gospel and to our understanding of the world today. The message of this course is hopeful and gentle because of our belief in Jesus Christ and his model of ministry toward others. Muslims are hospitable and have a rich, diverse culture and history. In addition, Muslims have many needs which should concern us as Christians. Respectfully expressing our faith in Jesus Christ can be a natural part of our friendships with Muslims. Muslims revere Jesus, and more Muslims have become his followers in the last 30 years than in the previous 1250 years.
Still not sure?
The first class is free! Come as our guest on September 17th at 10:00 a.m.
Course cost includes book, online resources, non-refundable registration fee. Course cost is $250. Early bird registration will be open soon for $225.
Lesson 1: Course Overview, The Founding of Islam
Lesson 2: Expansion of Islam
Lesson 3: Islamic Beliefs
Lesson 4: Muslims Today
Lesson 5: Everyday life of Muslims
Lesson 6: The Spiritual World of Muslims
Lesson 7: Cultural Barriers
Lesson 8: Theological Issues
Lesson 9: Approaches to Outreach
Lesson 10: Church Planting Movements
Lesson 11: Our Response to Islam
Lesson 12: Field Trip: Mosque visit