How to share the Gospel with Your Jewish Friends
If you are a Christian and have Jewish friends,
coworkers and even family members, then chances are
that you have wondered how to go about sharing the
Gospel with them. You may also be hesitant to do
so. Or even - let's be honest - frightened. Will
they be offended and never speak to you again? Will
they overwhelm you with their superior knowledge
of the Scriptures?
they tear the clams of the Gospel to shreds and
leave your faith in tatters? Upon closer examination,
like most things that "go bump in the night," these
fears are revealed to be vastly overblown in the
light of the Word. Sharing the Gospel with the Jewish
people is not dreadful, but quite the opposite. You
may even find unexpected blessings as you do it.
1. The Jewish People - A Broad Spectrum
with any group, the Jewish people cannot be described
in any one way. In fact, since Jewish people
have established communities on virtually every
continent, their diversity is arguably greater
than most. So, from the outset, let it be understood
that in this increasingly mobile, "global
village" world, there is no one representative
Jewish person. The second fact to grasp is that there
is also a broad spectrum of religious faith and practice
among Jewish people. At one end of the spectrum are
the ultra-Orthodox, who form strong, insulated communities
and order their lives according to a strict hierarchy
of authority and religious observance. On the other
end, there are Jewish people with no belief in God
or any observable Jewish identity at all. And, of
course, there is the vast "in between" that
gravitates either to one side or the other.
The approach you take with your
Jewish friend will depend greatly on what point along
the spectrum he or she happens to occupy.
2. Making Contact
We live in an increasingly secular
culture. Like many others, the Jewish people have
been affected by this drift. Intermarriage with Gentiles
is over fifty percent and religious observance is
the exception, rather than the rule. The chances
are that, while your Jewish friend may have had a
religious grandparent, he or she may not be observant.
If this is not the case, you'll soon find out. So,
how should you begin? While Jewish people may be
less religious, they are also, as a general rule,
spiritually curious. While most Jewish people have,
for many reasons, an instinctive reaction against
Christianity, they may be open to you, as a Christian,
3. Begin with Friendship
Communication and friendship develops
in stages with anyone. Ask questions. You may find
that your willingness to listen, learn and take a
genuine interest in the other person will produce
a similar response.
also have an ally that is above all others. The
Word of God has a power Whose source can never
fail. As it is written in Isaiah 55:1, ""My
word ... shall not return to Me void, but it shall
accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper
in the thing for which I sent it."
Not everyone will be open to your
message, of course. But once you meet a Jewish person
who is actually willing to search the Scriptures
with you, the Word of God will do its work.
4. Be Patient and Understanding
Jewish people have had a centuries-long, difficult
relationship with the Church. This has been particularly
true in Europe and Russia, where most of the
Jewish community in North America has its roots.
Many families have personal histories of persecution
that have been passed down through the generations.
Because of this, Jewish people are particularly
sensitive about being "coerced" or "manipulated" by
Also, Jewish people have been taught
to equate turning to Jesus with abandoning their
Jewish identity. This is a thought from which even
the most hardened Jewish atheist recoils. To be a
convert is, in the Jewish mind, the equivalent of
being a traitor -- to one's family, to one's history
and to one's self.
This is the real heart of the matter.
The particular challenge of Jewish evangelism is
Not only must we make a persuasive
case for the Gospel, but we must also show that
if a Jewish person accepts the Messiah, he or she
remains a Jew or as Rosalind Moss put it, paraphrasing:
You can't be more Jewish than by being a Catholic.
5. Have Confidence in the Lord
Apostle Paul wrote, "Let
your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt,
that you may know how you ought to answer each one." (Colossians
4:6). These words continue to be an encouragement
to believers everywhere. One need not be a great
Bible scholar or theologian to bring the Word of
God to others. The eloquent witness of the presence
of the Lord in your life is a far more powerful
testimony than you may know. You may see the seed
you plant come to fruition or that gift may come
to someone else. In the end, it does not matter,
for it is Messiah who is the Lord of the harvest.
6, Make the Message Clear ... and Jewish
- Pray before you witness.
- Begin with your personal testimony.
- Present the Gospel from the
- The Jewishness and humanity of the Messiah
- The divinity of the Messiah
- The sacrificial death of the Messiah
- The resurrection of the Messiah
- Avoid "Christian" jargon
that Jewish people may not understand.
- Share Chosen People Ministries tracts and
books with your Jewish friend.
- Introduce your Jewish friend to a Jewish
If you don't know one, ask us at 1-888-2-YESHUA
or visit our web site.
- Answer objections (see our web site, www.chosenpeople.com,
and other publications for more training).
- Don't give up! Keep praying!
Source: The Chosen People: Reaching Jewish People
worldwide since 1894. Volume VII, Issue 8 Special