Pastor Alfonse Javed shares experiences that reveal the need to love our enemies, support religious freedom, find common ground and love our neighbors well.
He grew up in a Christian family in a Muslim-majority country, Pakistan. Then in America, he was shunned as though he were Muslim.
Special Guest Host: Chris Clayman, co-founder of Global Gates Network and Heart for Muslims
What You’ll Learn:
- What It Was Like as a Christian Growing Up in Pakistan — a Muslim Majority Country
- How Urban Missions is Impacting Global Missions
- About the Importance of Finding Common Ground to Relate to Image Bearers of God
About the Guest:
Dr. Alfonse Javed, the Senior Pastor of 1st Baptist Church of Metuchen, has planted a church abroad, has been a missions pastor and has served as a missionary in Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan.
Born in Lahore, Pakistan — the son of a pastor — Pastor Javed began serving in church at a young age. He has served as a missionary in Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan. He has also planted a church in Greece. In the 1990s, a providential relationship formed when Calvary Baptist Church started supporting his ministry efforts; he would later serve as the missions pastor of that congregation. Eventually, in 2009, he moved to New York with a new vision — mobilizing churches to engage Muslims in the NYC metro area.
Dr. Javed’s advanced theological training is from the Greek Bible College, Davis College and Liberty University. He has earned three undergraduate, three graduate, and three doctoral degrees. His dissertations have explored various subjects from religious influence on the American school system to evangelism and church planting, to Islamic madrases and the treatment that Muslims students have received in the post 9/11 New York City school system. He maintains a blog, www.alfonsejaved.com, and is the author of The Muslim Next Door: A Practical Guide for Evangelism and Discipleship. Dr. Javed and his wife, Sarah, have four children.
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Timestamped Show Notes:
01:34 – Turning the Tables with Chris Clayman
01:57 – Topic: From Hatred to Love for Muslims
02:26 – Chris Clayman and Global Gates
03:07 – Married with 4 under 5
03:47 – Growing Up in a Muslim-Majority Country
04:24 – 1980’s Pakistani Policies toward Non-Muslims
06:46 – Persecution in Pakistan
07:19 – Non-Muslims’ Lives Seen as Insignificant
08:06 – Anger toward God
08:31 – Love for Muslims
09:41 – Violent Attack on Church in Pakistan
10:12 – Desire for Revenge
10:35 – God’s Protection in the midst of Violent Attack
11:40 – Persecution in America
12:53 – Pursuing Love of Christ
15:53 – NYC after 9-11
16:15 – Starting the Heart for Muslims Conference
19:41 – Jesus has a Heart for Muslim
20:36 – The Power of Proximity
21:50 – Why Do Muslims Usually Come to Christ?
22:28 – Starting Our Urban Voices Podcast
25:17 – Giving Voice to Urban Stories
27:03 – Christian Immigrants Reviving Churches in America
27:21 – Distinctives of Urban Ministry
29:25 – God is Moving in Cities Today
31:53 – What is a 4th Era of Missions?
34:18 – Uniqeness of Muslim Ministry in Cities
36:14 – Open Doors in Cities for the Gospel to Reach the World
38:42 – Connecting with People from Different Cultures
41:37 – Finding Common Ground
45:38 – Contact Alfonse Javed and Finding His Books
46:32 – Knock, Knock
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