Book Reviews

Witnessing to Jews: Practical ways to relate the love of Jesus

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.

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Jews for Jesus

Beginning with the first Council of Nicea  (in which it was determined that the celebration of Easter should not fall in conjunction with Passover lest the Jews claim that the Christian owed them their faith) and continuing into modern times, Jews and Christians alike have labored to separate their faiths from one another as much as possible.  But is this really what God intended?  Can a true Jew also be a Christian?  Does a Gentile Believer have something to gain from an understanding of Jewish faith and tradition?

Last week, I had an excellent opportunity to listen to a speaker from Jews for Jesus present “Christ in the Passover”.  (Click the link to view the presentation for yourself.)  The lecture focused on the symbolism contained within the Passover meal and how that imagery points to Christ.  Indeed, from the first verse of the Old Testament to the last, we see a beautiful picture of God’s love for mankind – salvation offered by faith alone through grace alone.

Convincing ourselves of this connection between Old Testament Judaism and New Testament Christianity is one thing, but convincing our Jewish friends is often quite a different ball game!  Fortunately, Jews for Jesus has created a number of resources to help us share the message that true “Jewishness” is found only through faith in Christ.  From specific Old Testament prophesy and answers to typical Jewish questions concerning Jesus to detailed witnessing tips, you’ll find their website jam-packed with everything you need to begin effectively sharing the message of Salvation with your Jewish friends and neighbors.  And, if you happen be a Jewish Believer, the site contains a whole section just for you that can be accessed via their home page!

Looking for more ways to be involved?  Check out their Welcome Page for information on programs, literature, seminars, financial giving, and more!  Take a look!  Play a part!  Help bring the good news of the Gospel to God’s Chosen People!

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