Sharing the Gospel message with Jewish People

When you start reaching out to your Jewish friends or local Jewish community try to understand the Jewish mindset towards the Gospel message of salvation. You have to understand that those who claimed to be Christians in the past have persecuted Jewish people in many countries over the centuries in the name of Christ. Of course no man or woman who has truly given their lives to Yeshua Messiah would ever harm a Jewish person but would respect them, love them and try to bless them.

So the key is to build a good friendship with the Jewish person you are witnessing to. Be patient and be sensitive as many Jewish people believe that becoming  a Christian is siding with people who have harmed their people which is a betrayal of their ancestors.

Remember Jewish people cannot comprehend how a person can be a Jew and a Christian at the same time. They presume that if they accept Yeshua they can no longer be Jewish. The truth is they can find salvation and still keep their Jewish identity, they can find many friends within the UK Messianic Movement and become part of what Yeshua Messiah is doing in these last days amongst His chosen people.

This website page contains lots of valuable information, video testimonies and important links to equip you to reach Jewish friends, family or people in your community with the gospel.  You will hear first hand how Jewish people are coming into the full revelation of El Elyon the Most High God through salvation in Yeshua Messiah.

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.     1 Corinthians 1:18-21 (KJV)

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Preaching The Gospel to Jewish People

How to share Yeshua Messiah in a Jewish way

Six Important Things To Know

1. when sharing your faith with a Jewish person, especially at the beginning use the term:

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when referring to Father God.

Why should I do this? Because they need to know which God we believe in.  Jewish people frequently say:

You believe in your Christian God and I believe in my Jewish God”.

Therefore, it is vital for Jewish people to know that we believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Israel, in order to make our faith relevant them.

Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. John 8: 54-55 (KJV)

Jesus indicates that the same God the Jewish people believed in was His Father, but they did not know Him.

2. Follow the example of the Apostle Paul:

And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 1 Corinthians 9:20 (KJV)

Emphasize the Jewishness of your faith.

You can present facts such as; Jesus was Jewish, Jesus’ disciples were Jewish,  Jesus spoke to a Jewish audience, the first believers in Jesus for were mostly Jewish people, and the writers of the New Testament were Jewish (with the possible exception of Luke) who was a gentile believer

You can say everything in my faith is Jewish but me! or, two thousand years ago, my gentile forefathers worshipped idols, but today, I worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

They are often amazed at these two true statements. Most Jewish people are unaware that we believe in the God of Israel!

3. Words to use and avoid

Words to avoid:                   Alternative words to use:

Christian                                     Believer

Christ                                          Messiah

Convert                                       Spiritual birth

Converted Jew                           Messianic (he or she is messianic)

Cross                                           Jesus’ atoning death for us on the tree

Jew                                             Jewish ( He or she are Jewish people)

Missionary                                  Do not ever use this word in relation to them

Old Testament                            Hebrew Bible, Jewish Scriptures or Jewish Bible

tragically in 1099 when the first Crusaders finally took Jerusalem, they assembled all of the Jewish people they could find into the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem and burned them alive while marching around the burning structure singing O Christ We Adore Thee. From the book, The Jew and The Cross, page 59. Because of the many persecutions against the Jewish people in the name of Christianity (the Crusades, Pogroms in Russia, etc.), certain terms are misunderstood by them and have become stumbling blocks to their listening to the gospel of salvation. Hence, some terms should be avoided and others used in their place.

4. Scriptures you can use

Isaiah 52:13-through Isaiah 53. Messiah’s suffering to atone for our sins.
Note: the “Servant” could not be Israel spoken of here as some contend, because in verse 8, you have “My people” (which could only be Israel!) and “He” in the same phrase! Also, overall, the nation of Israel does not fit the description of the Servant spoken of as one reads the chapter through.

Note: The Spirit of God has used this chapter to bring more Jewish people to Jesus than any other passage in the Hebrew Scriptures!

Isaiah 9:6,7; Psalm 2:7.8; Proverbs 30:4. Messiah to be the Son of God. In Psalm 2:7 we know that the Messiah is truly spoken of because verse 8 states that all the nations of the world will be given to the Son as an inheritance and the “ends of the earth” as His possession!
Micah 5:2,4. Messiah’s birthplace foretold and that He was to be “from everlasting.” (Referring to this verse, the ancient rabbinic commentary, the Jerusalem Talmud, states: “… King Messiah is born … he is from the royal palace of Bethlehem Judah.”)
Zechariah 12:9,10. “They will look on Me whom they have pierced.” This takes place in the last days. Both of Messiah’s comings are seen in this one verse! (“They will look upon Me whom they have pierced”). The ancient Jewish rabbinic writing, the Babylonian Talmud, states: “the cause of the mourning is the slaying
of Messiah”. It calls him Messiah the son of Joseph (11th son of Jacob.)
Isaiah 42:6; 11:10; 49:6. Messiah to be a light to the gentiles. (In Isaiah 49:3 is the servant Israel while verses 5 and 6 are the Servant Messiah. We know that Messiah is referred to in verses 5 and 6; otherwise we could not have “Israel” and the “servant” in the same phrase as we see in verse 5!)
Daniel 9:26. Messiah to be cut off before the destruction of the 2nd Temple in 70 A.D.. Leviticus 17:11. The necessity for the atonement.
Zechariah 9:9-10. Messiah to come to Jerusalem having salvation, yet humble and mounted on a donkey.
Psalm 16:10. The resurrection of Messiah. In the classic rabbinic work, Midrash Rabbah Esther, written about 400 A.D., the ancient rabbis commented on Hosea 6:2, saying, “And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights … The dead also will come to life after three days, ‘On the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His presence’.” Thus we have in Jewish  rabbinic thought the idea of a third day resurrection!
Jeremiah 31:31-35. God to make a New Covenant with the house of Israel. This covenant involves the forgiveness of sins, as seen in verse 34.

5. How to overcome three Of the most often heard Jewish objections

Objection 1:

Our Jewish Messiah will bring world peace; there will be no more war, etc. Jesus did not do this, therefore, he could not be the Messiah.

Answer: Jesus was Jewish and He new this description of the Messiah,  yet He still claimed to be the messiah. How could He do this? There must be something in the above description that is left out. Jesus tells us what it is in Luke 17:22-25, when talking to His 12 Jewish disciples about Messiah’s coming: before the promised peace He will bring, He must first suffer. You cannot be true to the picture of the Messiah that the Hebrew scriptures give and leave out Messiah’s suffering. Then read out loud Isaiah 52:13 through chapter 53 or Zechariah 12:9,10, etc. In the 13 articles of Jewish faith by Maimonides, (famous rabbi of the 12thCentury) it states:

“I believe with a perfect faith that all the words of the Prophets are true”

The prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) about the suffering of Messiah cannot be left out!

Objection 2: How can Jesus be the Messiah?

Look at what His followers did! The Christians have persecuted and killed the Jewish people down through the centuries in the name of Christianity!

Answer: You must show them the difference between a gentile and a Christian. Many people had a historic religion, but did not know God. Then proceeded to show them by quoting Jesus’ words in

Matthew 7:22-23 (KJV): Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (lawlessness).

Show the striking parallel between what Jesus said and Jeremiah 23:14,15 and 39 in which God says that Jewish prophets from Jerusalem, speaking lies in the name of the God of Israel, will also be cut off from God’s presence.

I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness; they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land. (39) Therefore, behold, I, even I, will utterly forget you, and I will forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your fathers, and cast you out of my presence: Jeremiah 23:14,15, 39 (KJV)

Say to them, in order to be a Christian (explain that Christian means follower of Messiah, see Strong’s Concordance), one must have a spiritual birth from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! Also, the very job description of Messiah is that he will be for Israel!

Objection 3: If I become a Christian, I will no longer be Jewish.

Answer: This is a misconception. The word Christ means Messiahand the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob promised a Messiah who would come and redeem Israel and the world. A Jewish person who accepts Jesus is accepting his or her own Jewish Messiah!

6. Most Jewish people are not used to reading the Bible.

Scriptures that are bursting with meaning to you will most likely not be understood by them on their initial reading. Make sure that they understand the passage.

How?

By asking questions about the passage and get them to paraphrase the verse after reading it with them. Many Christians are unaware of just how little most Jewish people know about their own Bible. Many of them do not know that Isaiah or Jeremiah are books in the Hebrew Bible. Therefore, when presenting a passage like Isaiah 52:13 through chapter 53, Tell them that this is a passage from the Hebrew Bible, written by the Jewish prophet, Isaiah, in 700 B.C. However do not tell them where the passage is from until after they have read it and have answered the question:

“What do you think this is talking about? It is most effective when done in this manner.

Always remember to pray for the Holy Spirit’s words.

The Apostle Paul says:

And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:3-5 (KJV)

The Lord loves the Jewish people and He wants us to actively share the message of salvation found only in Messiah Yeshua with the Jewish people in our community. Salvation belongs to the Lord and our evangelism brings Jewish people into a position where they can hear the message of His grace. It is the Gospel that is the Power of God unto salvation. If we want to present a powerful Gospel, then remove all the gimmicks, all the wisdom of the world and preach the clear message of salvation. The Lord God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob wants the Jewish people to truly know Him through salvation found only in Yeshua Messiah, Father God wants the Jewish people to worship Him in spirit and in truth.

Remember Father God commands all the people of the world to repent, to turn from their sin and believe by faith the Gospel message of salvation. Stand in Father Gods love for the Jewish people in your community and preach (share) the message of sin, of the holiness of God. That they have broken His law  and turned away, that they need to repent to Father God and have faith in Yeshua Messiah receiving salvation.

As we go out to sharing the greatest message in the world “salvation found only in Yeshua Messiah”, tell your Jewish friends and the Jewish people in your community your testimony. Tell them how you have come know the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that you know His love and compassion in your life. Tell them the only way to know this closeness and love from Father God is through receiving salvation. Salvation is only found in His perfect Lamb who was slain and suffered to take away their sin Yeshua Messiah. Yeshua Messiah has given them the choice to choose His righteous.  He freely gives this righteousness to all who receive Him as Lord and saviour. This is the only way to come before the God of all holiness and be accepted by Him. May the Lord go with you as you share His way. Remember his promises will never fail you, may His power accompany you and may signs and wonders be done in the lives of the Jewish people you share the message of salvation with. Shalom and Blessings to you.

 Links Below

A special thanks to www.tracts.comfor information and tract

click & print JEWISH SALVATION TRACT

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Interested in fellowship or talking to Messianic Jewish People?

Here are some websites, select and click:

British Messianic Jewish Alliance

“Hashivenu”

The Fellowship of Jacobs Ladder

Union of Messianic Congregations

Tree of Life Fellowship

Beit Shalom Ministries

Beit Yeshua

Luton Messianic Fellowship

Chosen People Ministries

Beit Sar Shalom – The House of the Prince of Peace

Open Door Outreach Ministry

click “sharing the gospel with other religions”

 

 Prayer for Israel

 

Rabbi Loren Jacobs Testimony

 

 

 

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