Build The Relationship

June 22, 2009

“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” – Isaiah 53:6

One reason Christians are hesitant to witness to Jewish friends is that we just don’t know how to approach the subject. Here are some ideas:

  • First of all, do it inside a relationship. Be a friend first. Show the love you have for that person and that you care what happens to them. But not only that, within the relationship, you might ask some questions like, “What do you think about what’s going on in the Middle East today?” Or, “What does your family do at Passover?”
  • Secondly, you can show love to a Jewish friend by saying, “You know, I’m so appreciative of my Jewish heritage as a Christian. Would you be willing to let me come to synagogue with you for a service so that I can learn more about the Jewish faith?” Often, we Christians quickly bombard with what we believe that we don’t take the time to show interest in their beliefs.
  • And, thirdly, one day, when the timing is right, read Isaiah 53 to them and ask, “Who do you think this passage is talking about?” Most will respond, “That’s talking about Jesus.” And then say, “Do you know where that is?” And they will usually respond, It’s obviously in the Christian Bible.” But then show them, “No, it’s the Jewish prophet Isaiah, over 700 years before Christ came, prophesying of Christ’s death.” That’s a Biblical connection that might startle them in a way that might create some openness to look further at Jesus.

So, build the relationship, then build ON the relationship. Make it a comfortable trusting conversation as you introduce them to their Messiah.