Rose Publishing recently published “The Do’s and Don’ts of Reaching Out to Muslims.” I was struck by how the same principles apply to reaching Jews for the Lord.
I came up with these basics:
- Make your Christian faith known by showing the love of the Lord through your words and a righteous lifestyle.
- Do not assume your Jewish friend understands what your definition of ‘Christian’ means.
- Take time to build a relationship. Practice hospitality.
- Do not be put off when you’re outreach is rejected at first.
- Never be afraid to express the name of Jesus. Refer to Him as Yeshua, His more accurate Hebrew name.
- If invited to pray with your Jewish friends, ask if they will allow you to pray in the name of the Lord. Pray for ‘the peace of Jerusalem’, for their practical needs, healing, anxieties, and for specifics
- Where possible refer to ‘the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’. Close your prayer ‘in the name of Yeshua!’
- Treat your Bible with respect. Be aware of the Jewish reverence for the Word.
- Never repent for sins of the past. The Jew is watching to see if you reverse history by loving them today.
- Know that the Jews respect ‘doers of the word, not hearers only.’ They expect you to live out your faith in practical terms.
How many Jewish people are in your network of friends and neighbours?