This week I am appreciating Author Dr. Nabeel T. Jabbour and his book, “The Crescent through the Eyes of the Cross”, insights from an Arab Christian. Born in Syria and raised in Lebanon, he then lived with his family in Egypt for 15 years. His Doctorate is in Islamics and he presently works for the Navigators in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.
I enjoyed Dr. Jabbour’s explanations and insights on the different types of Muslims, their views of Christianity, and successful ways to reach out to them with the Gospel. My surprise came in part three of the book when he explained his view of ecclesiology, faith and culture. Here in chapter 15 was a simple diagram of two churches: one a traditional building, the other a network of relationships. He went on to discuss that the second “hidden ecclesia” becomes the most effective way for Muslims to gather after accepting Christ and still remain salt and light inside their existing culture without complete rejection by family or society.
It now became clear why a Cell leader gave me the book. Recent messages on “What is the Church?” “Community through Cells” and speaking about relational evangelism, had connected the two for this leader. Her concern for those who make up nearly 20% of the world’s population had led her to investigate the life and beliefs of Muslims.
Dr. Nabbour inspired me by demonstrating once again that the cell church method is the most practical, effective and efficient way to reach the last great harvest among Muslims!
What is your experience with reaching Muslims? Have you integrated these converts into your cell-based ministry?