Thursday, November 6, 2008

How to witness to Jews

This is a picture of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe. He was the last leader of CHBAD and died in 1994. Any Orthodox Jew will recognize the picture of this man.

Sadly, today most Jews are Jews in name only. It is a cultural identity. They certainly aren't going to believe in Jesus as the Messiah. Many say that to believe in Jesus one would cease being Jewish. Gentiles are an offense to many Jews and they are very proud they are not Gentile. However, they need to accept Jesus as their Messiah or they face the same Godless eternity as everyone else who doesn't believe.

The information in this post will help you to not only understand the belief system of a typical Jewish individual but will also give you resources to equip you to share with Jews who do not accept Jesus as their longed for Messiah.

One of the things you need to understand is that you need to witness to a Jew the same way you would anyone else: use Law & Grace. The law silences all lips that try to defend themselves. They will never understand sin but by the law (Romans 7:7). Here is a fabulous primer on Judaism written by Ray Comfort. This is Chapter 1 from his new book Religions in a Nutshell. Click here to go to the pdf version of this chapter. http://www.livingwaters.com/Merchant2/graphics/pdf/World%20Religions_Ch1.pdf

One of the best articles I have found addressing how to witness to a Jew was written by my friend Mark. He is Jewish and has accepted Jesus as Messiah. He graciously allowed me to post it here and hopes that it is an encouragement to all believers who are trying to share their faith with an unbelieving Jew. Here is a link to his article. http://www.sohmer.net/Sharing_with_Jewish_People.php

I went to the mall recently with a friend just to fish. As we were walking in the mall, this guy in the photo flagged us down. He was selling flat irons at one of the kiosks in the middle of the mall. He asked if he could demonstrate on me how to curl my hair with a flat iron. I looked at him and said, "Good luck!" As you can see from this picture, I have hardly anything worth curling!


He was from Israel and had only been in America for 2 months. We shared with him as best we could, but there was a definite language barrier. We gave him a million dollar bill and told him to practice his English by translating this. He said he would. We are going to go back and take my friends daughter's with us. They have hair that stops almost above their waist. They'd be perfect ensuring us a very long conversation!

This link will take you to an encounter I had at the same mall back in 2007 with a different mall vendor. http://chipperfisher.blogspot.com/2007/07/witnessing-to-jew-at-mall.html

The gentleman I shared with in the link above told me that the Gospel is not the same as the Old Testament. Here is a link to an essay that my friend Mark wrote which shows that all the doctrines of the New Testament are found in the Old Testament. http://www.sohmer.net/media/Are_Christian_Doctrines_Anti_Jewish.pdf

Just to let you know, most of the kiosks of most malls in America employ Jews who are straight from Israel. Don't go unprepared. Click on this link and check on some of my resources for sharing with Jews. http://chipperresource.blogspot.com/2007/10/jewish.html

One of those resources listed on my resource page is Lisa Wright's website. She has FREE downloadable tracts that you can print off from her website written especially for a Jewish audience. Easter season will be upon us in a few months. Springtime is the time for Passover. She has one tract in particular which is excellent to hand out during Passover season.

Passover in 2009 will start on Thursday, the 9th of April and will continue for 7 days until Wednesday, the 15th of April. Understand that in the Jewish calander, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Jews will celebrate Passover on the sunset of Wednesday, the 8th of April. Use this time to download these resources and study over the next few months so that you are prepared any time you encounter a Jewish unbeliever.


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