The Friendship First course is an interactive, non-specialist course in six-sessions. It enables Christians to approach their Muslim friends with confidence by equipping them with the skill and resources needed to be an effective witness to Jesus Christ.
Growing from a response to the 9/11 and 7/7 attacks, the Friendship First course was written by Interservers in Britain and has been invaluable to workers in Australia as well. It has transformed the way Christians relate the gospel to the Muslims they come into contact with.
I love facilitating this course as its content is clear, engaging, challenging and informative. It provides ordinary Christians with all they need to know to reach out with confidence and love to ordinary Muslims … I cannot recommend it highly enough.
I believe it’s God’s providence that we now have so many Muslims in our midst. This course is important for all of us who want to demonstrate God’s grace and love towards them. I really urge people to get involved.
Friendship First is a really useful resource for helping Christians to overcome the many barriers which exist to building relationships with Muslim people and to seeing those friendships grow. It also gives us greater confidence to share Jesus with our Muslim friends.
Joining the Family
Today growing numbers of Muslims are choosing to follow Jesus Christ. They want to join Christ’s community. We need to understand their needs, care for them and help them grow in Christ. This book equips churches to meet this need. It is part of the unique Joining the Family initiative which also includes a website and six session discussion course.
“This excellent book is just what the church needs to help us catch up with the remarkable work God is doing in bringing people from Muslim backgrounds to Christ and to equip us to play our part in helping them grow us as fellow members of his family.”
“What a huge joy to know that some (Muslims) are coming to Jesus and we must go to the extra mile to love them, encourage them and work with them in any way possible. This is an important amazing book can help us do just that.”
“This book generates two wishes: One, that it will be absorbed by God’s people who are motivated to effectively love their brethren cast out of their Muslim families and two, that this book would have been produced and widely distributed decades ago!”
Come Follow Me
Muslim people worldwide are turning to Jesus. This course helps Christ’s followers of Muslim background to grow in their new faith with the help of a mentor or advisor.
Course participants grow through a powerful combination of self-study, regular discussion (one-to-one or in a group) and practical learning tasks. Deep level discipleship affects issues of belonging (e.g. to old and new communities), issues of worldview (e.g. fatalism, revenge, good deeds) and issues of behaviour (e.g. marriage relationships, conflict resolution). All these topics (and more) are tackled in this course, with the framework of an inductive study of 1 Peter.
The Advisor’s Guide introduces the mentor to cultural issues for discipling believers of Muslim background, and it provides lesson-by-lesson discussion guidelines, hands-on activities, and audio-visual tools.
Come Follow Me is from the resource called Joining the Family.
“All the lessons have been prepared in a very simple and easy to understand format… The strength of this book is that every brother and sister, young and old, has the opportunity to freely share their thoughts, questions, problems and pains – as they’ve experienced in their lives. It is this that makes the student interested and they open up, and can pray, not for themselves, but for others… Their minds open up and they see what Christianity is all about. As one student said, “Oh that we had these spiritual courses ten years ago!”