Go Ahead. Be Provocative! (In a Romans 11:11 way)
Would it surprise you to know that most Jewish people who find salvation in Yeshua (Jesus), are led to a confession of faith by a Gentile? It’s true! Since most believers today are Gentiles, Jewish people are far more likely to meet a Gentile Christian than a Jew for Jesus. But the fact remains, the careful efforts of non-Jewish believers to reach Jewish friends, family and coworkers are highly effective for bringing Jewish people into the kingdom.
Is anyone jealous of your relationship with God?
That is why it is so crucial that Christians not only believe the importance of Jewish evangelism, but practice it as well. The Apostle Paul urged the Roman believers to do so when he wrote, “I say then, have they [the Jewish people] stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles” (Romans 11:11). God wants and expects Christians to provoke their Jewish friends and neighbors to jealousy. So go ahead. Be provocative!
And while you’re provoking your Jewish friends to jealousy through your life-changing, grace-filled faith in Jesus, please help us persuade your Christian friends to do the same.
John Piper recommends this book to help Christians understand the importance of Jewish evangelism
I hope you saw our sneak peek of Jews Don’t Need Jesus and Other Misconceptions, by our European ministry director, Avi Snyder (it was in our March Quarterly). Moody Publishing is releasing it this month and if you missed the offer to pre-order it in March, you can now order it here. The book explains—better than any I’ve ever seen—the importance of reaching Jewish people for Jesus as part of God’s plan for Israel and for the entire world.
My friend, Pastor John Piper, has written a magnificent foreword to Avi’s book, which begins: “Even before I read this book, I felt a deep desire to write a foreword for a work on this topic. Now that I have read it, that desire burns all the more. Before I knew this book was being written, I had said to the content team at our web-based ministry, desiringGod.org, ‘I want us to do more for the cause of Jewish evangelism.’ Why was I stirred again with this burden? And all the more now that I have read this book?”
I hope you’ll get the book and read the rest of John’s foreword. It’s the perfect thing to share with your Christian friends who appreciate John Piper’s ministry, but have yet to catch a vision for the importance of Jewish evangelism.
Three ways to put your vision for sharing the gospel with Jewish people into action
If you want to put into action your vision for sharing with Jewish people, consider our classic how-to resource from our Founder, Moishe Rosen, titled Witnessing to Jews: Practical ways to relate the love of Jesus. Our friend and fellow Jewish believer Randy Newman has recently written Engaging with Jewish People, which is also excellent.
And for the very committed, consider our annual two-week training in Jewish evangelism at Moody Bible Institute, with college credit available for those who register and complete the course work. Not only will you gain conversation techniques, including how to share your story, but you’ll also learn about Jewish apologetics, including Messianic prophecy, and so much more.
Sound good? We are still accepting applications for this year’s course, which begins at the end of June. Get more info and your application here.
I invite you to check out these resources because our partnership is imperative and the rewards are incredible.
Let’s provoke one another … to provoke others to explore the gospel!
My son Isaac, who serves with Jews for Jesus in Southern California, recently told me a story that I think you should hear. While speaking at churches in Kentucky, he met a pastor’s son who had been witnessing to a Jewish friend. Though unable to meet the young man during his short stay, Isaac promised the pastor and his son that he’d pray for their Jewish friend. And the pastor’s son did lead his friend to faith in Jesus! The young man was hesitant to be open about it for fear of family backlash, etc.—but after hearing that Jews for Jesus were praying for him, he got the courage to be baptized and proclaim his faith publicly.
The pastor is walking on clouds, so excited that the Lord gave him the privilege of baptizing a new Jewish believer—and so grateful to have Jews for Jesus giving needed encouragement and prayer support.
That story provokes me to provoke you to provoke your Jewish friends to jealousy. What do you say?
Find out more about David Brickner, his writings, speaking schedule and possible availability to speak at your church at j4j.co/david.
Executive Director, Missionary
David Brickner is executive director of Jews for Jesus. David oversees the world-wide ministry from its headquarters in San Francisco. David received his Master’s degree in Missiology with a concentration in Jewish Evangelism and Judaic Studies from the Fuller School of World Mission. He has authored several books, and has been interviewed on national television shows such as Larry King Live. David’s daughter Ilana is a graduate of Biola. His son Isaac is on the missionary staff of Jews for Jesus. Isaac and his wife Shaina have one daughter, Nora, and a son, Levy, which makes David part of the grandparent club, a membership he is very proud of. See more here.