In our evangelical churches, we train Believers to present the Gospel. However, not one of the witnessing courses I have taken has prepared me to witness to Jewish people.
When you present the Gospel to Jewish people, there is a special consideration that you should keep in mind. The Jewish person will not consider the New Testament authoritative. He or she will consider the New Testament to be a Gentile book that teaches about the Gentile “god” and is not for the Jew.
The mistake is presenting the Gospel using the New Testament alone. Put yourself in the shoes of a Jewish person by considering this scenario. A Mormon presents to you his beliefs out of the Book of Mormon. He has struck out before he begins because you do not consider his book to be the truth. Likewise, the Jewish person feels the New Testament is unreliable.
The solution is to present the Gospel from the Old Testament. The “Good News” is clearly evident within its pages.
The following is a suggested presentation of the “Good News” from the Old Testament. Your Jewish friend has no choice but to accept this presentation authoritative because it is from his own Bible.
- All have sinned
- The consequence of sin is death
- The sinner can escape punishment if a substitute dies in his place
- Messiah is the ultimate substitute
- To receive forgiveness personally, we must trust God the way our father Abraham did
- Today, the only proper object of our trust is Messiah Yeshua
The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.
Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die.
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.
All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.
Then he (Abraham) believe in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him a righteousness.
At this point, move to the New Testament
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
As you can see, the “Good News” is absolutely Biblical and Jewish as well. Have fun, and may God be with you.