The Person of Christ

By Peter Schumacher (pseudonym), November 2022 Note from David Paul. Peter Schumacher (pseudonym) is a friend and colleague who serves among the Muslims of South Asia. He and I have been discussing the importance of the doctrine of the Person of Christ for discipling Muslim-background believers (MBBs). So, Peter took some time and wrote thisContinue reading “The Person of Christ”

Reflections on Surah 33 and Muhammad’s Many Marriages

In our ministry, we rarely open the Qur’an. In our context, most Muslims do not know the Qur’an. Therefore, there is little reason to open the Qur’an and discuss their book with them. As a result, I have not often taught nor written about the Qur’an. However, in recent months, we have realized a needContinue reading “Reflections on Surah 33 and Muhammad’s Many Marriages”

How Should MBBs Relate to Islam and Culture?

When Muslims come to Christ, their relationship to their former religion and culture is a crucial question. In many areas, there are no mature Muslim-Background Believers (MBBs) for new MBBs to learn from regarding what it means to follow Jesus. Therefore, they are left to their own devices to determine their relationship with Islam andContinue reading “How Should MBBs Relate to Islam and Culture?”

The Seven Works of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God’s empowering presence in our lives. Here are seven works that the Holy Spirit wants to do in your life.

Discipling MBBs through Persecution

This blogpost was written for a training manual. Therefore, it is in a bullet point style. This blog post is a continuation of special issues in discipling Muslim-background believers (MBBs). For the previous post on helping MBBs go public in their faith, click here. Persecution is normal for MBBs.┬áThe Bible describes persecution as a normalContinue reading “Discipling MBBs through Persecution”

Three Responses to the Gospel: Red, Yellow, and Green Lights

A few months ago, a South Asia Christian told me that before we trained him to share the gospel with Muslims, every Muslim rejected his message. In reality, those Muslims did not reject his message; instead, they rejected the language and culture he used to present the gospel. So, we helped this brother learn someContinue reading “Three Responses to the Gospel: Red, Yellow, and Green Lights”

Helping MBBs Go Public as Followers of Jesus

This blog post is the first of several that will focus on special issues in developing Muslim background believers (MBB) to maturity. This section was written to be included in a training manual and adapted for this blog. One of the most significant steps in the faith of every MBB is going public in theirContinue reading “Helping MBBs Go Public as Followers of Jesus”

When does a Muslim Become an MBB?

Recently, a missionary colleague and I were discussing the question of when a Muslim becomes a Muslim-background believer (MBB). Before addressing this question directly, let me take a few minutes to describe two paradigms for approaching discipleship. In 1973, Paul Hiebert wrote an article called “The Category ‘Christian’ in the Missionary Task.” In that article,Continue reading “When does a Muslim Become an MBB?”