Daily Topic for December 01, 2009

Galatians 2:16b
"... a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ."

To a Saudi Arab, this can be a very liberating message. Any of them who are honest with themselves will understand that they can’t successfully obey every law that they have in the Koran. There is no alternative but looking to Jesus, whom they call Isa, to redeem them on the Day of Judgment. And it is their faith that will save them, not their ability to obey a series of laws.

Pray that Saudi Arabs, even those in the royal family, will hear and heed this message.

Missionary Biography

“As from a lonely minaret in Muslim lands the ever repeated call to prayer is given from early dawn to late evening, so this little book has only one message. One repeated call. Come to prayer, come to victory! God is greater than all difficulties in the Muslim world.”

Thus commented Samuel Zwemer, nicknamed “the Apostle to the Muslims.” Zwemer was born in 1867 in the United States. His parents were immigrants from Holland, and his father pastored for the Reformed Church. Of his six siblings, all but one went into the ministry.

The Student Volunteer Movement greatly affected Zwemer when he was a senior at Hope College. After finishing seminary and medical training, Zwemer and fellow seminary student, James Cantine, hoped to be sent to the Muslim world by the Reformed Board. Their service was rejected because it was deemed too impractical. They formed their own mission and called it the American Arabian Mission. Cantine toured the eastern states, while Zwemer took the western ones as they raised support for one another at local churches.

By 1890, both men had finished support-raising, and they sailed for Arabia. The early part of their ministry was mainly devoted to tract distribution and face-to-face evangelism. Very few Muslims responded to their call to make Christ the center of their spiritual life.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for the Holy Spirit to call a new generation of “enthusiasts” like Samuel Zwemer to share Christ with our Muslim cousins.-KC

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