WHY JEWISH EVANGELISM?
INTERVIEW WITH ALAN FRIESNER
As individuals Jewish people need Jesus, and like Apostle Paul, our heart’s desire is that Israel would be saved.
As a Nation, Israel is God’s elect to bring the Gospel to the world (nations) - but Israel cannot bring the Gospel if Israel doesn’t possess the Gospel.
When we preach the Gospel to Jews, we also challenge the church to be all that God has called her to be in reaching out to Jewish people.
"The greatest form of anti-Semitism is the withholding of the Gospel from the Jewish people."
God’s Chosen people
“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.” Deuteronomy 7:6
1. Chronologically: The Bible says to the Jew first.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Romans 1:16
2. Primarily: since if the Jews are called to be a “light unto the nations” and if they do not have Jesus, then what light are they sharing?
Indeed He says,
‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob,
And to restore the preserved ones of Israel;
I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles,
That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’ Isaiah: 49:6
3. Practically: In order to be saved one must call on the name of Jesus.
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6
Paul’s Understanding: Witness to the Jew’s first.
So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. And when they arrived in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had John as their assistant. Acts 13:4-5
Now it happened in Iconium that they went together to the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of the Jews and of the Greeks believed. Acts 14:1
Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews Acts 17:1