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Witnessing to Jewish People

Helping a Jewish person to come to the Lord Jesus is a rare and wonderful experience. If God opens such a door of witness to you, the following suggestions may be of help to you:

o Openness may well depend upon your initial approach. Therefore, it is usually wisest, if possible, to build a friendship prior to communicating the Gospel. This allows your testimony to become more than a mere theological abstraction about God the Son.

The Word of God is alive and powerful. Carefully review Old Testament passages relating to the coming Messiah, particularly Isaiah 52:13-53:12, and others. Prayerfully prepare your heart to meaningfully discuss such passages, as the Lord provides opportunity.

An effective witnessing method with a Jewish person is to share your own experience of the Lord Jesus. When you are authentic, the love of Messiah can shine through and the Spirit of God can use your witness for Jesus.

You do not need to be an expert on Jewish religion or culture for the Lord to make you fruitful in the Jewish vineyard. Jewish people do not typically expect their Gentile friends and neighbors to be knowledgeable about such matters and understand erroneous assumptions. On the other hand, some may view with suspicion any approach marked by a flourish of Jewish knowledge.

Most Jewish people have little or no knowledge of the Bible. Hence, they may be hearing what you quote from it for the very first time. This is a tremendous responsibility that God has given you.

Remember, the goal of witnessing is a living relationship with the resurrected Lord Jesus, not merely to convince a Jewish person that Jesus was the foretold Messiah. Openly share your experiences of the Lord's goodness.

If difficult issues arise, consult a knowledgeable pastor or Jewish believer in your community. You may contact the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship or the Home Mission Board for a referral.

Trust the Lord to convey the truth of the Gospel into the heart of your hearer, and make it alive unto salvation.


R. Michael Smith is an attorney-at-law, a member of Whitehall Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio, and president of the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship, which is composed of Messianic congregations and those interested in witnessing to Jewish people.

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December 1996 Edition
Volume 5, Issue 3
December 1996