In previous “Fruitful Practices” articles, we have written about the importance of prayer and of learning the local language. If you missed those entries, I would encourage you to go back and check them out. The eight fruitful practices we are covering with this series of articles, are common patterns observed in places where Muslims are coming to Christ. They are not perfect formulas that produce an automatic result; rather, they are patterns that many have seen bearing fruit in difficult contexts, and we want to offer them to you as tools. In this issue we will be looking at fruitful practice #3- the varied use of Scripture.
Stocking Your Toolbox
Every carpenter, plumber, and electrician carries a toolbox. Inside that toolbox is an assortment of tools that facilitate his work. It is up to the tradesman to determine the right tools for the right job. In a similar way- every believer has, at his or her disposal, a variety of tools to carry in his or her “toolbox.” These tools include the printed Bible, memorized verses or stories from the Bible, audio tapes of the Bible, films about the Bible and Jesus, websites that contain the Bible in downloadable forms, Christian music, etc. The effectiveness of such tools multiplies when they are made available in a multitude of languages. When these tools are strategically and intentionally used, they help to facilitate the “varied use of Scripture.”