Following Jesus in Turbulent Times
Disciple-Making in the Arab World
Nations are haemorrhaging refugees around the world. How displaced peoples are treated is under constant scrutiny– whether in the UK, the USA, and Australia, or Turkey, Colombia, and Uganda.
How will the Church respond in these turbulent times?
Resurrection Church Beirut in Lebanon was a small church of around one hundred people who then welcomed refugees from Middle Eastern countries, sacrificially served those in need in their community and saw the kingdom of God come. Through Pastor Hikmat’s leadership over the last decade, Resurrection Church has grown to over two thousand believers and the emphasis he brought on disciple-making has resulted in the church currently having two hundred and seventy life groups.
Using his church’s powerful testimony, Pastor Hikmat Kashouh teaches us how to disciple refugees from Arab contexts. Jesus is drawing more and more people to himself in the Middle East through the ministry of churches like Resurrection Church in Lebanon, and through miraculous divine visitations of God. In this book the church has a resource to help love, serve and disciple refugees, equip emerging indigenous leaders and understand discipleship of people from non-Christian backgrounds.
Our world is desperate for healing. Would you agree? Imagine what the world would look like if the church embraced it’s purpose of making disciples of all nations – even in the midst of suffering and turmoil.Following Jesus in Turbulent Times is a practical handbook for developing leaders, church planters and growing members.
Pastor Rick Warren
Author and Founding Pastor, Saddleback Church
Reading this book will fill you with hope and equip you and your church to share God’s great love for all people, wherever you live.
Author and President Emeritus, World Vision USA
Dr Hikmat Kashouh’s work among the hurting refugees and people through Resurrection Church in Beirut, Lebanon, is an inspiration to us all. Christian leaders and pastors from around the world can learn much from what he has learned and now practices. Read this book and you can discover what may happen in your context as well.
Senior Pastor, Forest Hill Church
It is my privilege and honor to endorse Following Jesus in Turbulent Times. The book is written having the Syrian refugee crisis and their presence in Lebanon as its background. Pastor Hikmat’s book and his own personal testimony so beautifully presented in the book will help all of us to run our individual races victoriously. I have no doubts that those who are going to read this wonderful book will be inspired, challenged and blessed.
Founder and International Facilitator, Global Kingdom Partnerships Network
Executive Director, Nyack College
Rev Dr Hikmat Kashouh provides invaluable insights and wisdom from his personal journey of salvation and forgiveness through to his present leadership of a thriving ministry that lovingly and sacrificially reaches out to touch the lives of Arabs. The advice he shares comes not just from personal experiences but his passion to boldly proclaim Jesus, live by his example and invite people to follow him. I highly recommend this book to anyone working among Arabs.
Lord and Lady Robert & Tracie Edmiston
Founder & Chairman, and Executive Trustee, CV Global
Dr Kashouh writes from the depth of his experience of shepherding and growing a local congregation while searching the Scriptures for principles and models. There are very few books written about doing ministry through a local church and making disciples in the Middle East and the Arab world. This is an invaluable book for anyone wanting to understand or minister in this part of the world.
National Director, Canadian Bible Society
Tyndale University College and Seminary
This book is one of the best books on discipleship for Muslim background believers. This is a very precious book for making disciples in the Arab world and beyond, as well as helping new Christians to grow in their spiritual life.
Apostolic Team Ministry Leader,
Abbalove Ministries, Indonesia
In Following Jesus in Turbulent Times, Pastor Hikmat provides exemplary insights on what it means to build a church community that impacts and serves others for Christ. He speaks not just from theory but from actual experiences. May this book stir in your heart a deep desire to love and disciple others as we carry out our mission to go and make disciples of all nations.
Founder and Senior Pastor,
Christ’s Commission Fellowship
This book is an amazing record of abiding faith and God’s amazing faithfulness in turbulent times. It offers hope to all in spite of the challenges, and reinforces the belief that the church is indeed the hope of the nations! Something for everyone to be soundly instructed and inspired by Pastor Hikmat!
Founding Senior Pastor,
Damansara Utama Methodist Church
Table of Contents
- 1 – Introduction
- 2 – My Journey
- 3 – Reaching
- 4 – Witnessing
- 5 – Changing
- 6 – Nurturing
- 7 – Teaching and Instructing
- 8 – Growing
- 9 – Serving
- 10 – Freeing and Healing
- 11 – Praying
- 12 – Belonging
- 13 – Structuring
- 14 – Suffering
- 15 – Pooling Our Resources
- Appendix: The Pathway of Following Jesus