Using Scripture for Teaching and Correction, Learning about Muslim Beliefs about Jesus

Last week and this week, we have focused on 2 Timothy 3:16 in our 5th grade Sunday School class which reads in the NIV:

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

There are a lot of important vocabulary words in this scripture passage. To better understand them, each student illustrated (with pen and paper) some of these concepts, after writing down the scripture passage. We also acted out an example of what “rebuke” means, like when a parent stops a child from touching a hot stove.

Two students in our class today used the free program PaperDesk LITE for iPad to create illustrations, and then explained these to the class. This program supports VGA-out, so we were able to connect the iPad to our classroom projector and show these drawings to the entire class.

Zane's illustration of 2 Timothy 3:16

Marilyn's illustration of 2 Timothy 3:16

I shared a few things that I learned last weekend at the annual Men’s Conference at Mo Ranch, Texas.

Wesley and Tom Fryer at Mo Ranch

One of the biggest things I learned, from our Pastor Mateen Elass, regards Muslims and their beliefs about Jesus. Muslims do NOT believe Jesus was crucified on the cross, but rather that God took Jesus up to heaven at the end of his life. For this reason, Muslims do not believe Jesus suffered and died on the cross, was resurrected after the third day, or is our savior who paid in full for our sins.

We discussed events like we heard about last week in New York City, when a Muslim tried to blow up a bomb and kill people. We discussed how ALL Muslims are NOT terrorists, and do not want to kill and hurt people. It’s important to remember this as we live our lives and interact with others.

Just like our students, as teachers we are always continuing to learn more about God, Jesus, and the ways he wants us to live our lives. It’s vital that we constantly turn to God’s Word in his scriptures as we seek to grow in our faith and understanding of God.

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1 comment so far

  1. J Kirby on

    Muslims may not believe in the cruxifiction of Christ but the Koran speaks more about his Mother than the NT does…

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