Below are four talks J. Dudley Woodberry gave during Dallas Theological Seminary chapel services on the topic “The Fulness of the Time for the Muslim World “. Dr. Woodberry gives many examples and stories of God’s spectacular work in the Muslim world today. I highly commend these discussions (Please excuse the personal notes I’ve taken that are underneath each lecture.).
#1 The Fullness of the Time for the Muslim World (Galatians 4:4-5)
-Dr. Woodberry discusses Hurricane Katrina
-Parallels between the United States and our attempts to impose peace, Rome, and 1st century Judaism and Christianity (9:21)
#2 What is God Doing Today? What are the Evidences of Muslims Coming to Faith in Christ
#3 What Would Jesus Say and Do with Muslims? (John 4)
Some of the highlights of this talk for me were:
-The application of John 4 to missions
-The story of the king who wanted a poor Bedouins only horse
-“We have to hold to the essentials and just because the cross is a stumbling block, we can’t side step it. It is an essential as we know”. (32:32-32:44)
#4 What would Jesus say do with Muslims today (Matthew 16:13-27)
-Dr. Woodberry discusses parallels between people’s opinions of Jesus in Matthew 16 and Muslims, “Who do you say that I am?”
Dr. Woodberry discusses the crucifixion passages and how the cross is a stumbling block in Muslim theology.
I have to do more thinking about the barriers for Muslim conversion are not just theological but sociological. Muslims do not want to bring dishonor to themselves or their families (cf. Luke 9:23-26).
Dr. Woodberry makes a beautiful parallel between Isaac/Ishmael, Mount Moriah, the Dome of the Rock, and the sacrifice Christians are called to make in loving Muslims -giving up our ambition, wealth, lives, etc.
Dr. Woodberry is the editor of the information packed recource CD, “The World of Islam”.