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Journey to Jesus is a six-session resource that teaches Christians how to reach out to Muslims in friendship with the love of Christ. Through high-quality live-action video dramatizations and engaging teaching materials, your organization, family, small group, church, or Bible study group will explore the culture and background of Muslims, as well as meet three types of Muslims (refugees or new arrivals, culturally liberal, and conservative Muslims). Journey to Jesus will equip, inspire, and encourage any Christian toward successful conversations with Muslims to show the love of Christ. 2 DVDs.

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Format: DVD
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 1414394039
ISBN-13: 9781414394039

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  1. Clare, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An excellent curriculum to get your church family actively involved with hospitality for Muslims
    January 29, 2015
    Gazpacho
    Clare, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "The Pew Research Forum expects the population of Muslims in the US to double in the next two decades. Muslims from around the globe are moving into our neighborhoods, working in the same companies, and studying alongside us in schools. This is an amazing act of God as He brings these precious people into our sphere of influence! Many of our Muslim neighbors are struggling with language barriers or are lonely after leaving family and familiarity behind in their home countries. Others are refugees who may be fearful or suspicious of American culture. Still others may be curious about Christianity and about Jesus. Whatever the case may be, Journey to Jesus will equip your church or small group to reach out to all types of Muslims, build meaningful relationships with them, and effectively point them toward Christ."

    Journey to Jesus is a six-session video curriculum designed for use by Christian churches, family groups, small study groups or Sunday School classes. The purpose of this set of DVDs designed by the Muslim Ministries Program at Wheaton College and published by Tyndale Publishers is two-fold.

    First is to educate us about the Muslim culture, providing a brief historical background of Islam and its growth, and common beliefs so that we can view each individual as a person God created in His image. Overcoming misinformation and erroneous assumptions with facts will help us to be better neighbors, coworkers, fellow students and friends.

    The second purpose is to equip Christians to lovingly reach out to Muslims within our sphere of contact to discern their spiritual needs, find the common bridge between our belief systems and gently lead them to Christ when the Holy Spirit leads us. Its purpose is to help us avoid butting heads needlessly, inadvertently closing doors of communication.

    Each session revolves around a video-based teaching slide show presentation and either the first half or second half of a scenario to view. Sessions one and two feature ways we can extend Christ-centered hospitality to our Muslim neighbors.

    Sessions three and four present two co-workers, Larry and Azim, who become friends, sharing meals at lunch and talking about life. The teaching slide show introduces the viewers to Muslim beliefs and

    customs. It helps us learn how to use the diversity of our beliefs to share our faith. In sessions five and six, two college students are assigned to each other to explore the other's worldview. As they dig deeper, the sessions become strained. The teaching slide show helps us understand how to share our faith with a devout Muslim friend.

    Each of the six sessions are accompanied by a Leader's Guide, Participant Handouts, and Extra Materials. These can be obtained by opening the DVDs on a computer, finding the PDF files and printing them. The first DVD has sessions 1-3 while the second DVD has sessions 4-6. Each session is meant to last from 50 to 60 minutes, including discussions based on questions from the leader's guides and the teaching slide shows.

    I am quite impressed with this curriculum. The intent from those who designed it was to teach us to reach out in a compassionate manner. It is reminiscent of the Friendship Evangelism movement of quite a few years ago. This method employs the Bridge approach, where we spend time finding commonalities in our initial exchanges. In other words, we are encouraged to be friends first. Misconceptions and fear can often hinder this process, so the series will be helpful in setting us at ease. Armed with information, we won't be so apt to blunder our way into a friendship without ruining

    it.

    Another aspect I like about this DVD set is how thorough the presented information is. Obviously we can't learn all the nuances of the various groups and subsets of Islam that exist, but the overview should provide us with enough to give us insight. The extra material provides us the do's and don'ts,

    things to say, topics to avoid, how to act, to dress and so on when practicing hospitality. The extra materials also provide us with some apologetics and guidelines on what to answer when Muslims express objections about certain aspects of Christianity. There were many parts of this session that I didn't know. I found the suggestions how to share the Gospel with Muslims enlightening.

    I think this program is flexible enough to fit nearly any type of Christian group. I would love to see a copy of this program in every pastor's study or library. Communities of Muslims are expanding throughout the country, even into rural and small communities. We should be prepared to offer friendship and hospitality to our new neighbors.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. through their Blog Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Good Beginning Introduction to Muslim Beliefs
    December 19, 2014
    The Artist Librarian
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Many Christians feel daunted by the prospect of sharing their faith with others. When it's with someone who's belief system may be unfamiliar to you, even more so. In a post-9/11 America, there is so much (often conflicting) opinions and information regarding Islamic religion, that it can be overwhelming. "Journey to Jesus: Building Christ-Centered Friendships with Muslims" is meant to be a starting place for Christians interested in ministering to or sharing with those who adhere to the Muslim faith.

    This DVD Curriculum is produced by the Muslim Ministries Program and the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College. I liked how the focus of the curriculum and movies are on relationships and building personal friendships before trying to witness. I think Christians can often put so much pressure on themselves, that we have to say all the right things and often end up not saying anything at all because of that fear. Putting the emphasis on building relationships and letting God work through your life (and that HE is the one who saves, not us) can take some of that stress away. The mini-dramas are cinematically well made and are kind of samples of hypothetical situations and questions you might encounter --these videos are also used in the study to encourage thought and discussion.

    You'll need a computer and a PDF viewer to access the following materials:

    Leader's Guide Session Plan for each session. Meant for the facilitator, each session plan lists the purpose statement (the main goal of the session), preparation suggestions, a preview of the slide show study, and a break down of a sample hour long session: introduction, slideshow/video and discussion.

    Each session also contains participant handouts, which are kind of like a paper copy of the slides. The questions to discuss after viewing the session's mini-drama are also included.

    There are also supplemental handouts for each session:

    Session 1 - Approach to World Religions

    Extra Material: Timeline of Significant Events in Islamic History

    Session 2 - Sharing Your Life in Christ with Muslims

    Extra Material: "Can Christan Serve Halal Meat to Muslim Guests?" Rev. Mike Urton

    Session 3 - Understanding Muslims

    Extra Material:

    An Introduction to the Qur'an

    Manuscript Evidence for the Bible

    Session 4 - Islamic Diversity

    Extra material: "Sharing with Different Types of Muslims" Roy Oksnevad

    Session 5 - Encountering Musilm Objections

    Extra material:

    Encountering Musilm Objections - Prophets

    Additional Responses - Bryan and Abdul

    Session 6 - Sharing Using Apologetics

    Extra material:

    "Does Goodness Live in You?" Roy Oksnevad

    Understanding the Trinity: The Community of the Triune God

    Muslim Apologetics Resources

    Overall, this DVD curriculum is a good basic overview of the Muslim religion, different sects of Islam, and approaches to apologetics, with a large emphasis of God's love and showing Christ through your words and actions.

    *Disclaimer: I recieved a complimentary copy of this DVD curriculum from Tyndale House Publishers. No compensation was received and the opinions expressed are my own.*
  3. Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Strong on Friendship, Weak on Gospel
    November 10, 2014
    DanielOfAZ
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    As the number of Muslims increases in America, Christians are realizing that we should reach them with friendship rather than avoid them in fear. Wheaton College has just released Journey to Jesus, a 6-session DVD curriculum about building Christ-centered relationships with Muslims. Tyndale, the publisher, was kind enough to send me a free copy in exchange for an unbiased review.

    First I'll tell you about the curriculum, then I'll give you my analysis of its strengths and weaknesses.

    The curriculum is contained in two DVDs. (It seems that everything would have fit on one DVD, so I'm not sure why they split it onto two.) The six sessions are comprised of a dramatic video (short movie), a teaching video (like watching PowerPoint with a person's voice), and printable (PDF) teacher guides, student handouts, and bonus explanatory materials. Sessions one and two center around a young American Christian mother who befriends a shy young Egyptian Muslim mother who has just moved into her neighborhood. Sessions three and four introduce us to an American Christian man who converses with an intelligent but nominal Muslim East Indian coworker. The final two sessions depict a young Christian engaging a young, very argumentative (American?) Muslim as part of a college assignment to learn about each other's worldview.

    What I like about this curriculum:

    It shatters the stereotype of Muslims as terrorists and fundamentalists.

    It shows the great variety there is among followers of Islam.

    It depicts Christians displaying genuine hospitality and friendship.

    The 'movie' segments are very fun, and the cinematography is top class.

    The teaching segments contain a lot of information, conveyed clearly, accurately, and succinctly.

    I think the average viewer will come away from this curriculum eager to meet, befriend, and share Jesus with Muslims.

    How this curriculum could have been better:

    Using the movie segments to depict Christians who knew how to answer Muslim questions. The movies seem mainly to feature Muslims who know more about their faith than their Christian counterparts. At the end of session two we have some sense that the Egyptian woman may be growing slightly more receptive to the gospel, but at the end of sessions four and six, the other two Muslim men seem to have scored more points than their Christian friends. Probably Wheaton intended this so that Christians won't feel bad if they get stumped by a question, or wait until they have a ThD before attempting to share the gospel with a Muslim. But the videos would have been better if they had not only depicted how to acknowledge our ignorance with humility, but also how to declare the truth with accuracy and confidence. Notice in this transcript from the movie how "Larry" misses a huge opportunity to explain the gospel when "Azim" argues that forgiveness is attained through good deeds :

    Azim: The Christian idea of forgiveness, it seems far too easy to commit a wrong, ask for forgiveness, and make the same mistake again.

    Larry: Everybody fails, nobodys perfect. Which means we all need forgiveness.

    Azim: I agree, but which is better: to ask for forgiveness or do something tangible to make up for our wrongs?

    Larry: We cant always make up for our wrongs. This means that sometimes--

    Azim: We do good deeds to outweigh the bad ones, thus the world becomes a better place.

    Larry: I believe in good deeds too.

    Azim: Oh, so we believe the same thing?

    Larry: Well the Christian perspective is that good deeds is the humanly thing [sic] that we can do to bring the kingdom, as Jesus said, here to earth. See in the New Testament it says that faith without deeds is dead.

    If any Muslims were to watch these DVDs, they might be offended by two things. The Muslim man in sessions three drinks alcohol ("Allah is very gracious", he says). Islam completely bans alcohol (not just drunkenness, as in Christianity), and drinking it is almost on the same level as eating pork for Muslims. Some Muslims do drink, but I'm not sure any try to justify it so casually! And there are some immodestly clothed young American college women in the background of session 5 and 6. (Unfortunately, that is what American colleges are like nowadays. But the producers of the video didn't have to make us see them.)

    The video teaching segments are scripts read aloud, using PowerPoint style slides. It might have kept viewer attention better if these teachings had been recordings of a real person teaching a live audience.

    Because the curriculum was produced by a college, all of the actors are relatively young, and the movies are designed to appeal to people in their 20s and 30s. It would have been nice if one segment had depicted older Americans reaching out to older Muslims.

    In short: this curriculum is a good tool for introducing young Christians to the joy of sharing Jesus with Muslims. But you will need to supplement the curriculum with outside information that explains the content of the gospel clearly and comprehensively. (Thabiti Anyabwile's The Gospel for Muslims is a good option.) Friendship evangelism is only good if evangelism actually takes place.
  4. Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Curriculum Review, " Journey To Jesus"
    October 26, 2014
    Dr JSK
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Journey To Jesus: Building Christ-Centered Friendships With Muslims, published by Tyndale, is a 6-Session DVD Curriculum designed to aid Christians in reaching out to their Muslim friends and neighbors with the message of Christ.

    Each of the six sessions are designed to take less than an hour, but still remained filled with a plethora of information that can be used to begin powerful, Christ-Centered relationships with Muslims, relationships that will change all that are involved.

    Each session of the DVD is laid out in an easy to use format. There is a 5 minute introductory period that allows for a time to get together and chat. The introduction is followed by a 15-20 minute narrated slide show. The slide is a precursor to the 12 minute mini drama that is tied to that specific lesson. Each lesson is tied to together with a discussion that allows each participant to carry the information in action.

    This is a wonderful product that has a great potential to changes lives, thus it is recommended for individual or group study.

    Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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