The Role Islamic Culture Plays in the Successful Communication of the Gospel Essay

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Liberty University Theological Seminary What Role does Islamic Culture Play in the Successful Communication of the Gospel Today? A Paper Submitted to Dr. Jones Kaleli In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements of the course GLST 650 Intercultural Communication By: Rev. Steven Beck (L23173794) Delevan, Wisconsin March 2, 2013 Table of Contents Introduction 3 The Source and Message Christians Bring to Different Cultures and the Essentials of Gospel Communication? 4 The Need for Proper Gospel Communication 8 Important Cultural Barriers in Presenting the Gospel to Muslims 13 Tools to Utilize in Presenting the Gospel to Islam 19 Conclusion 21 Bibliography 23 Introduction The transformation of what used to be regarded as the Christian West into a skeptical and worldly society has made Gospel communication with the Islamic culture much more difficult. This problem is exasperated when one examines Christianity in the West, and realizes that it has become far too secularized. Combine these issues with the exponential growth of Islam during the past one hundred years; particularly its growth in the West and communication has seemingly become too convoluted. Further complicating Gospel communication with Muslims is the fear many have in the West, and especially within the Church toward Islam. These fears have become much more amplified since the events of September 11, 2001. Not to be forgotten is the Muslim

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