(Vonda here: As Christian communicators who understand the special relationship God desires between His Christian and Jewish children, we should have a deep desire to share the hope and future we can have together through the blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is an honor to have Arielle Rothbard of Jews For Jesus with us today, to help us learn how to share the hope we have in Jesus. Links will lead you to expanded explanations and instructions.)


Tips on How to Communicate Evangelistically with Jewish People
by Arielle Rothbard

We at Jews for Jesus feel so blessed to write for you today! Many of you may have Jewish friends and family that you’ve wanted to communicate with evangelistically (or generally witness to) but aren’t quite sure how. It can be a tricky topic to navigate. We encourage you to be as straightforward as possible about your belief in Jesus with Jewish people (and anyone you communicate with who is not a Christian) so that they can easily hear the gospel message and, we pray, get saved. In relating the gospel to Jewish people, I would suggest two basic means: culturally and scripturally.


Cultural Ways to Communicate

Most Jews, regardless of our upbringing, celebrate at least some of the Jewish holidays. With a little research you will find that there are a lot of connections between these cultural traditions and Jesus. For example, Shavuot—a holiday consecrating the first of the harvest that follows Passover by seven weeks—is actually fulfilled by Jesus’ ascension at Pentecost. Jesus is the “first fruits” of the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:23).

 

Scriptural Ways to Communicate

Many Jewish people have some knowledge of the Hebrews Scriptures (Old Testament). It is great to point out messianic prophecies with which your audience may or may not be familiar. Then show how Jesus fulfilled them!

The Torah (the first five books of the Bible) is divided up into weekly readings throughout the year which many Jewish people follow, even if just for their coming of age ceremony. These portions of Scripture point to human nature, sin and why we need a savior.

A fun, easy, and fast way to familiarize yourself with these weekly Torah readings is to watch our video series, Parsha in 60 Seconds.

Check out a whole resource on Jewish witnessing pointers here!

We’d welcome any questions you have regarding witnessing to Jews. Feel free to e-mail us or comment below!

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Arielle Rothbard headshotAbout Arielle:

Arielle Rothbard is a recent addition to the writing and communications staff at Jews for Jesus’ international head quarters in San Francisco. She is a Jewish believer in Jesus from New York City. She loves fashion and crafting, but most of all to see her Jewish people (and everyone) recognize their messiah in the person of Jesus.

 

 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,

though you are small among the clans of Judah,

out of you will come for me

one who will be ruler over Israel,

whose origins are from of old,

from ancient times.” Micah 5:2

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

Vonda

17 Comments

  1. 2-20-2013

    I love witnessing to Jewish people, and have had two opportunities while in flight on airplanes, with two different men. The first is quite a story, too long to share here, but he said he’d like to get a Bible after I shared with him. I pray I’ll see Steve in heaven!

    Love ~ Danie

    • 2-20-2013

      I remember hearing your story about this. What a blessing!

  2. 2-20-2013

    Goodness, I forgot to mention Jocob … or was it Joshua? He was reading Jewish literature when we walked up to a booth where he was sellinig goods. We were on vacation in Maui, and the Lord opened the door for me to share with him. I pray God continues to water the seeds planted. He was amazed at my knowledge of the Old Testament. LOL

    Danie

    • 2-20-2013

      I love this story! We never know what God has for us if we only open our eyes!

  3. 2-20-2013

    Arielle, thank you for sharing with us today about reaching out to Jews.

    My husband and I have a Jewish friend who has been “watching” us for almost 20 years. He and his wife (she is a Christian) vacation with us. Since we live in different states, we stay in one another’s homes for long visits. How blessed we are with his friendship.

    Over the years, he has asked focused questions about Christ and why we believe as we do. We share with words and scripture but it is what we reflect that his wife says he takes to heart.

    Daily, I pray for him because he is our friend that the Lord has brought into our lives to reflect Christ’s love in what we say and do.

    Teach on, Arielle.

    • 2-20-2013

      Yes, Carolyn, just another validation that we should be shining the light of Jesus at all times. Joining you in prayer for your friends. And Danie’s contacts, too!

  4. 2-20-2013

    I love the Jewish roots of our Christian faith. Thank you, Arielle, for providing these resources. And thank you, Vonda, for giving her this platform.

    • 2-20-2013

      Thank you for your encouragement, Judith. The more I learn about Jesus, the more I long to see the Jewish people receive their Savior and ours.

  5. 2-21-2013

    This reflects my heart so deeply. Thank you for featuring this on your blog today.

    • 2-21-2013

      Thank you for the encouragement for Arielle and for me. I’m amazed at how little I knew about or cared to learn about growing up in church. And even as an adult who continues to study His word, there is still so much I need to learn! But I now have a new understanding of our relationship and my heart longs for them to know the Savior.

      Yes, thank you, Arielle and Jews for Jesus!

      • 3-4-2013

        Oh, and Nan, I know so well your heart for Jewish people! That’s one of the many reasons I love you so much!

        • 3-4-2013

          Yes, they are very, very precious to me. Thank you for sharing with us. Love you!

  6. 2-21-2013

    Just want to say I am proud of my niece and thank G-d for her! Susan Rothbard Smadja, Jerusalem

    • 2-21-2013

      Thank you for stopping by, Susan! I’m honored that you’d visit with us. You have reason to be proud of Arielle! I hope you’ll stop by again. :-)

  7. 2-21-2013

    Oh my gosh, Vonda, with all my Holy Land adventures, you can imagine how much I love God’s Chosen People! And how every thing in all of Judaica points to Jesus! Ohh if they could only connect those dots!

    Thank you so much for introducing us to Arielle! (be sure to check out the meaning of her name :) )

    • 2-28-2013

      Yes, Susan, you of all people understand it. I can’t wait to join you on a trip to the Holy Land one of these days! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. 3-18-2013

    Wow! So happy to read and to see Arielle touch on some very important truths here. As you know my story… I have a joke I like to tell my friends or those I encounter with about my Jewish roots: “Before I came to know that I am Jewish, I knew the Father of all Jews, my King and the Messiah: Jesus! I am now happy to be not only a follower of Him, but to learn that I am a Jew who was born out of a saved Jewish Grandmother from Holocaust”. I am still grasping and brings me goosebumps every time I work on learning more and more about my so lost past… but I am grateful over all to know Jesus and to be a follower of Him. Love and Shalom!

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