The primary objective of Jews for Jesus is to preach the gospel, especially to Jewish people. We hope that you are with us and that in addition to praying for us as we evangelize, you will look for opportunities to tell Jewish people about Jesus, too. Maybe God has placed a specific person on your heart. Perhaps you are afraid or don’t know how to initiate a conversation about Jesus. Would it surprise you to know that sometimes we full-time missionaries are afraid, too?
I once heard someone say, Courage is not the absence of fear; it is acting despite your fear.” That saying has stuck with me. It helps me to do the right thing no matter how I feel. The “right” thing is to tell people, including Jewish people, about Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Caring about people means having the courage to tell them they need Jesus.
If you’re not sure where to begin, we can help! Maybe you know that we print and stock evangelistic materials to help you learn how to tell Jewish people about Jesus—but did you know that we also hold public events? Our branches across the world conduct Passover Banquets in the spring, High Holiday services in the fall and a variety of other holiday celebrations each year. These events help believers understand the Jewish roots of our faith in Jesus; they also provide opportunities for Jewish people who don’t yet know Jesus to hear a culturally relevant presentation of the gospel. You can take advantage of these events by inviting your Jewish friends to come and see just how Jewish it is to believe in Jesus. You can rest assured that we will be ready to talk to your Jewish friends in ways they will understand and most likely appreciate.
If you live in or near one of our branch cities, you should be receiving flyers about our upcoming services or events. When you get these announcements, why not pause and ask God if there are Jewish people He might want you to bring with you. The worst thing that could happen is that the person you invite will decline. That’s okay. At least you will have tried. And who knows, maybe the person will accept your invitation and attend the event along with you! Every year, some of the Jewish people who attend our events do come to faith in Jesus. Why shouldn’t it be your friend this year?
We hope that before 1997 is over, each one of you reading this article will tell a Jewish person about Jesus. And if you live in one of our branch cities, we hope you will team up with us by inviting your Jewish friend to our special holiday services. May God bless your efforts.