Sharing your Christian faith can be difficult – especially when the people with whom you are sharing come from a different cultural background. Things said and done out of love or concern can take on new meaning; appearing too weak or informal to have any impact or being too blunt or aggressive to warrant being heard. Only when we take the time to understand the cultures of those with whom we share will we experience the type of Christ-reflecting relationships that have the power to transform lives. And this is where Moishe and Ceil Rosen’s “Witnessing to Jews: Practical Ways to Relate the Love of Jesus” can help.
Messianic Jews Moishe and his wife begin their volume with a list of myths that frequently prevent Christians from attempting to share their faith. From confronting fear and insecurity on the part of believers to addressing the level of knowledge possessed by Jews, themselves, the Rosen’s help Christians to understand the practical side of what it means to be Jewish and how they can make a difference in the lives of their Jewish friends.
While many of their tips are practical for any form of evangelism (like the “Witness on the Way” or WOW technique which advocates practical, action-based evangelism), much of the information contained in this volume is culture-specific. Throughout the volume, you’ll be introduced to the stories of Jews who have embraced Jesus as their Messiah. Drawing from their experiences, you’ll learn how to avoid accidentally giving (or taking) offense during a dialogue. You’ll receive an introduction to arguing your faith from the Old Testament (books broadly accepted by the Jewish community) as well as detailed instructions for answering common Jewish objections to Jesus. Then, see the lessons in action through sample conversations. If you’re anything like me, by the end, you’ll feel well-prepared to put your best foot forward when it comes to boldly sharing your faith with God’s chosen people!
Published in 1998 by Purple Pomegranate Productions, “Witnessing to Jews: Practical Ways to Relate the Love of Jesus” is an excellent guide for everyone looking to more effectively share their faith cross-culturally with their Jewish friends! “Witnessing to Jews: Practical Ways to Relate the Love of Jesus” is available in paperback for $13.43 through amazon.com.