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Where There Was No Church (2nd edition)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Preface

 

The Stories

Not a Foreign Message

Couscous on Sunday

Meeting the Saviour through the Quran

Desperate Enough to Pray

The Messiah Is Not a Liar

Stoking the Home Fire

Uncle, Is It True?

 

About the Stories

What are Fruitful Practice Stories?

Who has Conducted this Study?

 

Using the Stories

Discussion Guides

How to Use the Discussion Guides

Discussion: Not a Foreign Message

Discussion: Couscous on Sunday

Discussion: Meeting the Saviour through the Quran

Discussion: Desperate Enough to Pray

Discussion: The Messiah Is Not a Liar

Discussion: Stoking the Home Fire

Discussion: Uncle, Is It True?

 

Fruitful Practices

Introduction

Categorization

Relating to Society

Relating to Seekers

Relating to Believers

Relating to Leaders

Relating to God

Communication Methods

Fruitful Teams

Characteristics of Fruitful Faith Communities

 

Works Cited

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Where There Was No Church (2nd edition)
Postcards from Followers of Jesus in the Muslim World
EJ Martin, editor
What is it like to live in a society where there is no active witness to the Gospel? In predominately Muslim countries, even the introduction of Jesus into a community can be dangerous. However, the Lord is bringing fruitful workers to begin discipling seekers. While fruit can be slow to produce and start as ones and twos, entire Muslim families and networks of families can eventually follow Jesus.

The first part of Where There Was No Church brings together stories that show what God is doing through his people among Muslims. The stories are engaging and bring to life fruitful practices and practical insights about reaching our Muslim neighbors. The second part of the book contains discussion questions to guide leaders in discussions about the narratives.

If you work in the Muslim world or are interested in doing so in the future, you will find this to be an excellent resource. The principles illustrated through the stories will also be of value to anyone living among peoples where there is no church. The stories can be heart-wrenching at times, but they also illustrate how prayer and faith can triumph in difficult circumstances.

Endorsements

  • Gone are the days when the only people writing about Islam and its adherents were academics. Books by reflecting practitioners, such as this one, are complementing the scholars. Gone are the days when approaches to Muslims were sincere but mono-cultural. Books such as this one, take the crosscultural task seriously by rolling up their sleeves and entering into the world of Muslim people, taking the gospel with them as a lifestyle. The contributors to this book work hard to reflect well on good practice and what resonates best with Muslim people as they follow Jesus Christ. It is therefore an invaluable read that already sits high on my most recommendedreading list.
    Steve BellThis compilation of true stories is a must read for all who want to learn from the experiences of others. It gives great insights into the practices God is blessing in raising up Jesus followers among Muslims. With resources that have been developed over many years by a multi-agency team, this book will help to equip you for the task. Don’t leave home without it!
  • This compilation of true stories is a must read for all who want to learn from the experiences of others. It gives great insights into the practices God is blessing in raising up Jesus followers among Muslims. With resources that have been developed over many years by a multi-agency team, this book will help to equip you for the task. Don’t leave home without it!
    J. Dudley Woodberry, PhDdean emeritus, School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • With its compelling narratives illustrating solid research, this book doesn’t attempt to give you all the answers, but it could well help you ask the right questions.
    Dr. David Greenlee, PhDInternational Research Associate, OM, Switzerland
  • Where There Was No Church helps us to understand new movements of people who may want to follow Christ if they understood Jesus and the Gospel in a new way. I commend these fantastic stories to you; they come from people who are not just theorists but also practitioners. May this book equip us to share Christ meaningfully in the modern world.
    Dr. K. RajendranGeneral Secretary, India Missions Association and Chairman, World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission, India
  • Across the Muslim world, the Holy Spirit is quietly but powerfully writing a story of people coming to love andfollow Jesus. This book tells something of that story. It calls us to pray believingly, to reach out in love and to witness wisely. Let’s dare to join in the Spirit’s story!
    Mrs. Rose DowsettVice-Chair, World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission, Scotland
  • I have used Where There Was No Church in a small group setting to encourage creative ways to think about mission. Each person, no matter what their background or previous experience with cross-cultural ministry, could identify in some way with the stories. The book caused each of us to stop, think and pray for those who do not have the same freedoms as we do, and encouraged us to reexamine how we see and do church in our own context.
    Rev. Lanny ArensenInternational Director, AIM, England
  • This book brings together great stories of God at work in the Muslim world. As you read it, you will grow in expectancy, learning more of how to partner in what God is doing. I am certain that Where There Was No Church will help us to find a path to fruitful ministry among Muslims.
    Mark KimInternational Director, Global Operation, Korea
  • Everyone who seeks to glorify God wants to bear fruit, but many faithfully serve and see little fruit. Where There Was No Church is a training manual that brings together stories of fruitfulness from those serving in some pretty tough places. I use Where There Was No Church with IMB workers as they prepare for ministry among unreached people groups.
    Dr. Jim HaneyDirector, Global Research IMB, USA
  • Church has historically been done in a doctrinal and political way, leading to denominations. But when it comes from stories like these, of the gospel moving in new areas like Islam, church is dynamic, reflecting the words of its founder: “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”
    David BokBible teacher and cross-cultural facilitator who relates to Muslims through inter-religious dialogue,Southeast Asia
  • Do you want to understand what principles are bearing fruit in pioneer church planting among Muslims? Where There Was No Church is a very helpful tool for Great Commission Christians who want to discover how we can be “workers together with God.” You will learn how to analyse a ministry and better think through principles. You will also rejoice as you read about places where there are now Muslims who are “obedient to the faith.” Highly recommended to those who love God with their minds as well as their hearts.
    Dr. Greg LivingstoneFounder, Frontiers, England

Additional Details

  • Pages: 214
  • Publisher: William Carey Publishing
  • Binding: paperback
  • Publish Year: 2020
  • ISBN: 978-1-64508-327-6
  • Vendor: William Carey Publishing