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