witnessing to Jews

Discussion in 'Missions / Witnessing / eVangelism' started by Mike McK, Jan 12, 2006.

  1. Mike McK

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    I'm talking to a Jewish girl on another message board.

    She's telling us that she's a conservative Jew, but I'm simply not getting that vibe from her.

    I know how to share the Gospel and I do know enough about Judaism to be able to hold a decent conversation, but I so rarely get to share the Gospel to Jews, that I'm at a loss as to how to frame it in a way that appeals to her Jewish beliefs and teaching.

    So far, all I've been able to do is to counter her belief that the NT is strictly a Christian book.

    Now, obviously, I know that she means that only Christians follow the NT, but I did point out that a signifigant chunk of the NT (not to mention the OT, obviously) was written by Jews to Jews and that Jesus, Himself, said that He came first for the Jews.

    I really would like to get into the relationship between Christ and Abraham, especially as it relates to John 8:56.

    Any ideas on this? I'm really at somewhat of a loss on how to proceed with this.
     
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    I can't imagine an effective on-line Jewish evangelism ministry.
    After working in a Jewish institution for 22 years, I have found that the most effective ministry with conservitive Jewish people is a face-to-face, long term, "I really care for you" type of witness.

    I imagine going over prophecy (Daniel 9 or Isaiah 53) might open the door to some discussion.

    Rob
     
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    Mike--

    I am a born again, blood washed Jewish believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. I've been saved for 32 years. Before I came to the Lord, I sincerely believed that the NT was a "Gentile" book written by "Christians". I thought, as do most Jews, that all Gentiles are Christians, and was equating Roman Catholicism to Christianity. There was "us" (Jews) and "them" (Gentiles).

    I would suggest that you read up on the "Jewishness" of the Gospel. There are alot of ministries with outreaches to the Jews. Here are the names of some-- Jews for Jesus, Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Chosen People Ministries,Ariel Ministries, Zola Levitt, Midnight Call Ministries, etc.

    I'm sure if you do a Google search, you can find that most have websites that will be helpful. One thing that is very important when you witness to the Jewish people is that you show them that you have a godly love for them and a love for Israel. The lady who lead me to the Lord 32 years ago knew about Judaism--but she had much more than just "head" knowledge. She had a genuine love for the Jewish people and Israel.

    Most Jews have a fear that they will lose their "Jewish" identity if they "convert" to Christianity--you need to assure your Jewish friends that this is not true. I am a member of an IFB church and have not lost my "Jewish" identity even though I am a member of the Body of Christ/the Church. That "identity" sticks with you all the time--that's just what you are.

    Hope this helps--you can PM me if you have any questions.

    God bless
     
  4. Mike McK

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    I don't think that's really an option in this case. This came up on another message board.

    I'd like to do that once the conversation get's rolling. It looks like another poster has already brought those things up.

    Thanks for the suggestions.
     
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    Mike--

    I am a born again, blood washed Jewish believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. I've been saved for 32 years. Before I came to the Lord, I sincerely believed that the NT was a "Gentile" book written by "Christians". I thought, as do most Jews, that all Gentiles are Christians, and was equating Roman Catholicism to Christianity. There was "us" (Jews) and "them" (Gentiles).

    I would suggest that you read up on the "Jewishness" of the Gospel. There are alot of ministries with outreaches to the Jews. Here are the names of some-- Jews for Jesus, Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Chosen People Ministries,Ariel Ministries, Zola Levitt, Midnight Call Ministries, etc.

    I'm sure if you do a Google search, you can find that most have websites that will be helpful. One thing that is very important when you witness to the Jewish people is that you show them that you have a godly love for them and a love for Israel. The lady who lead me to the Lord 32 years ago knew about Judaism--but she had much more than just "head" knowledge. She had a genuine love for the Jewish people and Israel.

    Most Jews have a fear that they will lose their "Jewish" identity if they "convert" to Christianity--you need to assure your Jewish friends that this is not true. I am a member of an IFB church and have not lost my "Jewish" identity even though I am a member of the Body of Christ/the Church. That "identity" sticks with you all the time--that's just what you are.

    Hope this helps--you can PM me if you have any questions.

    God bless
    </font>[/QUOTE]Thanks a lot, Linda.

    I'm familiar with those ministries. In fact, Friends of Israel is right down the road from me in Deptford. They have a huge campus that I used to pass every day on the way to work.
     
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    Mike,

    Are you familiar with Shalom Outreach Ministries?

    http://www.shalomoutreachministries.com/

    Rev. Mark Robinson has served in Jewish ministries for over 25 years. From 1976- 1980 he worked with Peace For Israel, Inc. and in 1981 he began his service with one of the larger Jewish missions boards, the Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc. Mark and Cheryl moved from Florida to southern California in 1984 when he became Western States Director for Friends of Israel, and served in this position until the fall of 2000.

    In September, 2000 Mark established Shalom Outreach Ministries through Faith Community Bible Church in El Cajon, CA, a suburb of San Diego, near the majority of Jewish people in San Diego County. Rev. Robinson has extensive experience in conference speaking. His travels have taken him throughout the United States preaching on subjects such as Israel and prophecy, Jewish evangelism, Jewish culture and the New Testament, missions, as well as other topics. Mark's expertise is in Jewish evangelism and he will be sharing the Messiah with the Jewish people of San Diego through personal visitation, on college campuses, using special outreaches such as Hebrew-Christian Passover Seders, and other methods. He is also available to help train individuals interested in a career ministry to the Jewish people through a local church. Rev. Robinson has written tracts geared for Jewish ministry, such as One God, or Three? and Identifying the Messiah. He is also editor of the quarterly publication Thy God Reigns newsletter.

    I listened to some of Mark Robinson's sermons on sermonaudio.com--I receive his newsletter "Thy God Reigns"--check him out too.
     
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    Mike,

    I have had many opportunities to witness to Jews. Here are my experiences:

    1. Build a friendship with them first.
    2. Answer questions honestly and from scripture that they may have.
    3. be honest with them and tell them when you don't know the answer to a question. They respect that.
    4. Make sure they understand that not all Christians are Catholics.
    5. Don't push conversion on them. That will turn them off. Do present the Gospel and tell them that you will pray for them that God will open their eyes to the truth. Then leave it at that and allow God to save them through his Word.
    6. Don't argue with them. This is just as counter productive as arguing with any other non-Christian.

    After building a strong friendship with some Israeli friends here in Arkansas, we were invited over to their house for dinner many years ago. We discussed politics and religion, the meaning of life, etc...

    The discussion led to their mispersceptions that all Christians were Catholics, and then led to discussion about the Bible. They started asking questions about Christianity and continued to do so. They are very willing to listen to the message of Christianity with an open mind. They kept going and finally we got to the point where they were asking questions about salvation. I presented the Gospel to them. They have not accepted, but I continue to pray for them and trust God that his Word will not return void.

    Joseph Botwinick
     
  8. Mike McK

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    Thanks a lot for your answers, but she hasn't come back.

    I really do hope she does because it sounds like she has a lot of misconceptions about Christianity's relationship to Judaism and I'd like the opportunity to clear that up for her.
     
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