WHI-1221 | A Christian Among Muslims

Sunday, 31 Aug 2014

This week on the White Horse Inn Dr. Michael Horton speaks with special guest Fikret Bocek, who is the pastor of the Protestant Church of Smyrna in Izmir, Turkey and a graduate of Westminster Seminary California. On this episode we will hear of Fikret’s conversion and his church planting efforts in Turkey. What does it mean to be a Christian in a Muslim context today? What is their view of sin and grace? How should we go about evangelizing Muslims today? Join us in this special interview as they discuss these important questions.

“Muslims [we] don’t really see becoming Christians in a minute or five minutes or even a month. It’s always a long process. I know in some cultures they do that. I see it in this culture, in America. Some missionaries will go to Turkey and do that. But it really doesn’t work. It doesn’t work in America. It won’t work in Turkey. What we do is share. We continue meeting with them, start a friendship, a relationship. We pray for them, and that doesn’t end our evangelism. The way we understand evangelism is that when we bring a Muslim to the church he is converted over the months, even after that, evangelizing this person isn’t over.”
– Fikret Bocek
“Islam is a major world religion founded by Muhammad in Arabia in the early 7th century AD.
“The Arabic word ‘islam’ means ‘submission’-specifically, submission to the will of the one God, called Allah in Arabic. Islam is a strictly monotheistic religion, and its adherents, called Muslims, regard the Prophet Muhammad as the last and most perfect of God’s messengers, who include Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and others. The sacred scripture of Islam is the Qur’an, which contains God’s revelations to Muhammad. The sayings and deeds of the Prophet recounted in the sunna are also an important source of belief and practice in Islam. The religious obligations of all Muslims are summed up in the Five Pillars of Islam, which include belief in God and his Prophet and obligations of prayer, charity, pilgrimage, and fasting. The fundamental concept in Islam is the Shari’ah, or Law, which embraces the total way of life commanded by God. “Observant Muslims pray five times a day and join in community worship on Fridays at the mosque, where worship is led by an imam. Every believer is required to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest city, at least once in a lifetime, barring poverty or physical incapacity. Muslims are enjoined to defend Islam against unbelievers through jihad.”
(Taken from Encyclopedia Britannica Online)

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