When you think about the word “Islam” what comes to mind? What inner fears or hang ups might be keeping you from having a dialogue with your Muslim friend? Join us as we start our new series, The Religious Roundtable. Listen as Paul Kiss looks at Jesus and Muhammad. Together we learn that in Jesus, God reveals himself in person so that we might know him fully.
Jesus and Muhammad
Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: September 29, 2019
1. Jesus’ outrageous claim
● “I am He.” – John 8:58; Isaiah 43:10; Exodus 3:15
“No one has ever seen God. But the Unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.” Text: John 1:18
2. Muhammad in Islam
● Muslims may not quote the Qur’an often, but they will tell you lots of stories about Muhammad. This comes from the “Sunnah.”
▸ Hadith: All that Muhammad said.
▸ Sirat: Biographies of Muhammad’s life.
3. What the Qur’an says about Jesus
The Qur’an mentions Jesus by name more than any other person, and gives a positive view of Jesus. However, it also denies his divinity and his death.
● Surah 19:19: Jesus is called Mary’s “righteous” son. A unique term.
● Surah 4:171; 112: He was not God.
● Surah 4:157-159: He did not die on the cross.
4. Key Similarities
● People of revelation (ali Kitab)
● Passion to worship God
● Importance of prayer
● Missionary mindset
5. Key Differences
● God’s revelation: God reveals himself through a book or in person
● God’s nature: Trinity or Tawhid/oneness (Triune or Monad)
● Jesus’ identity: Son of God or Prophet Text: John 1:18
● Orthopraxy: Daily life habits and the reason behind why we do them will differ.
6. Jesus and Muslims
● Your best conversations will likely happen as you acknowledge your differences.
● Jesus and the gospel of peace. Text: Ephesians 2:17-18; 1 Peter 2:21-23
● Be clear about your belief in Jesus and share this good news with gentleness and respect. Text: 1 Peter 3:15
“No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.” Text: 1 John 4:12
1. When you think about the word “Islam” what comes to mind? Why?
2. What did you learn in the sermon that was helpful for you? Why?
Discussing and Learning:
3. In the sermon Paul referenced Exodus 3:15 and Isaiah 43:10, in how God refers to himself, “I am” or “I am he.” (ego eimi). Jesus uses the same language for himself in John 8:58 and 13:19. How convincing is this line of reasoning to you?
4. What about passages such as John 14:1-10, or Mark 2:1-12? How do these help us discover Jesus’ claims about himself?
5. Read the “I am” passage of John and talk about your discoveries as it relates to Jesus’ claims to be God. John 6:35; 8:12; 10:7; 11:25; 10:11; 14:6; 15:1.
Making it Real:
6. What other questions are you left with related to Islam?
7. What inner fears or hang ups might be keeping you from having a dialogue with your Muslim friend? What do you need to do to overcome those?
1. Download and the e-book Peaceable Witness Among Muslims, by Gordon D. Nickel. He has graciously made it available to us: Download PDF.
2. Sit down over tea and have a dialogue with your Muslim friend about your faith. Listen well, love well, speak well.