How should we share the Gospel with Jewish people?

Monday Musings for August 17, 2020

Good morning, Musers,

I have something a little different for you today. We’re bringing in a guest speaker. A questioner wanted to know the best way to share the Gospel with Jewish people. That’s a specialty area — one in which I’m not a specialist. However, I know a guy — a few, actually. Our friends at One for Israel and EvanTell have answered this question comprehensively.

What I usually do in cases like this is give links to that already-produced web material... explaining that, since I cannot improve upon it — and since I’d rather not just regurgitate it — I’ll share it as it stands.

You see, I come across a lot of “good” material in my studies. What I usually do is “ingest” the material — that is, I take ownership of it — and when I use it later, it will most likely come out naturally, in my own voice and without a citation. But sometimes, good material is good material — whether or not I ingest it. The play then is to let it stand... and this is one of these times.

So, what makes their treatment of this topic worthy of that kind of consideration? Two factors influenced me here. First, many of the issues involved in witnessing to the Jews overlap with witnessing to the general population. As such, everyone will find them useful.

Second, the stories of God dealing with the Jews are potent lessons for all believers — not just for Jewish monotheists. This is why I have no problem giving One for Israel’s article a ride on our website. Mainsail has a chance at cracking a half-million page views this year, so hopefully, this article will fall under a few more eyes than if I just let it sit.

One of the things I liked about this article was that it reinforced what I suspect most of us evangelicals already know: although we don’t have to earn our salvation, we have to earn the opportunity to share it. If we don’t have the trust of the people we want to speak to, there’s a good chance that our clever patter will fall on deaf ears.

How do we get their trust? By being more of a listener than a talker; this takes time. The last thing we want to do is come off as know-it-alls — even if we do know it all!  ... “all” meaning enough about the true God, Jesus, sin, forgiveness and the Bible to present to Gospel cogently.

Note also that understanding biblical salvation — the kind that comes through grace alone, through faith alone and through Christ alone — often requires people to let go of beliefs that they hold as strongly as we hold our belief in Christ! This can be awkward when dealing with the Jews — whose God we share! ... to a point... to the point of Jesus Christ — who is the point!

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” (1 Peter 3:15, NIV, emphasis mine)

Since the article we’re featuring today meets Peter’s criteria, I have no problem sending it out as “approved by Mainsail.”

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