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Muslims, Christians, and Jesus: A New DVD-Driven Study from Zondervan

Looking for a way to help group members understand their Muslim neighbors?  You might want to take a look at Muslims, Christians and Jesus, a new DVD-driven study from Zondervan.  Based on the acclaimed 2008 book by Carl Medearis, an international expert in the field of Arab-American and Muslim-Christian relations, it is one of the most engaging studies I’ve come across in the last year…on any topic.

A four session study, each of the sessions feature a kind of fireside chat by Medearis, as well as interviews with Muslim religious leaders, Christian religious leaders and authors, as well as political experts.  The average length is about 20 minutes, normally a little longer than ideal, but I think your members will be amazed at how quickly the minutes fly by.

The Participant’s Guide is designed to allow note-taking while viewing the DVD and also includes discussion questions that will help your members dive into the presentation.  On the heels of the DVD segment, there is a very good Bible exploration section, designed to open eyes to Jesus’ teaching and personal involvement with people from other faiths (for example, John 4 when He talks with the woman at the well).  Finally, a personal reflection section and steps to take on your own, provide an opportunity for personalized response.

This study provides a very healthy way for group members to begin to understand the basics of Islam, the difference between ‘moderate’ Muslims and actual terrorists, the Muslim view of Jesus, and how we as Christians should respond to our Muslim neighbors, friends, and co-workers as well as current events.

If you’re looking for studies that will open your member’s eyes to other world religions and worldviews, Muslims, Christians, and Jesus is an excellent resource and I highly recommend it.  They’ll come away with a much better understanding, some very practical next steps, and best of all, eyes to see and ears to hear as they get to know their Muslim neighbors.

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Mark Howell serves as Pastor of Communities at Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas, NV. He founded SmallGroupResources.net, offering consulting and coaching services to help churches across North America launch, build and sustain healthy small group ministries. He spent four years on the consulting staff at Lifetogether and often contributes to ministry periodicals such as the Pastor's Ministry Toolbox and ChurchCentral.com.